Michigan DNR Investigating Second Elk Killed Within a Week in Northern Michigan

The Michigan DNR is seeking tips after a bull elk was poached in Montmorency County this week.

It’s the second bull elk to be illegally killed within days in Northern Michigan. The first elk poaching incident was reported earlier this week in Otsego County.

According to the DNR, a deer hunter called their Report All Poaching Hotline Tuesday and said he found a dead elk in Montmorency County.

DNR officers found the elk near Teets Trail, west of Voyer Lake Road. The DNR says the elk’s antlers had five points on one side and three on the other.

They say the elk was killed by a single gunshot and believe a hunter mistook the elk for deer.

The first bull elk was found in Pigeon River Country, east of Vanderbilt, in Otsego County. Conservation officers say they are investigating an active lead in that case.

If you have any information about either poaching incident should contact the DNR Customer Service Center in Gaylord at 989-732-3541 or call or text the 24-hour Report All Poaching hotline at 800-292-7800.