TWRA offers $3,000 reward for information on poaching of Elk Calf in Claiborne County Wildlife area

Published 12:54 pm Wednesday, December 27, 2023

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CLAIBORNE COUNTY — The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) is seeking information concerning the poaching of a young elk calf in the Valley Creek area of the Ed Carter Unit at North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area.

Discovered by a hunter on Friday, Dec. 22, the elk calf’s fate was reported to TWRA authorities. Responding wildlife officers observed that the elk had been shot, likely with a small caliber rifle.

To aid in the apprehension of the responsible individual or individuals, a $3,000 reward is being offered. This substantial sum has been contributed by the Campbell Outdoor Recreation Association (CORA), Tennessee Wildlife Federation (TWF), and the Pine Mountain Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF).

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For any information regarding this poaching incident, individuals are urged to contact Wildlife Manager Brenden Marlow at 615-571-4792, Wildlife Officer Stone Payne at 731-441-6018, or Wildlife Officer Michael Cavins at 865-318-3349. Every detail could be crucial in identifying those accountable for this wildlife violation.