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SAND GAP, Arkansas- Wildlife agents in Arkansas are looking for whoever is responsible for killing an elk in the Piney Creeks Wildlife Management Area.

They say the elk was left and the meat was wasted.

Between 1981 and 1985, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission released 112 Western Elk in Newton County near the Buffalo National River. Though Elk in Arkansas have subsequently been observed in 14 counties, most of the estimated 450 to 500 members of the species now believed to inhabit the state occur in Newton and Searcy Counties on National Park Service land along the Buffalo’s upper and middle sections. The commission, the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service and private interests are all engaged in efforts to maintain and expand suitable elk habitat within Arkansas, the state said.

Any information on the illegal killing of the elk please contact 1-800-482-9262 and ask for Wildlife Officer Jamie Jackson. A reward of up to $1000 dollars can be given on information to the arrest of suspect or suspects, they said.