KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Authorities are looking for those responsible for a bull elk that was poached in Claiborne County, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. To help find them, a $4,000 reward is being offered in return for information that leads to a conviction.

Around lunchtime on Friday, Dec. 31, a hunter reported finding a 5×5 bull elk that had been shot in the Valley Creek area of the Ed Carter Unit of North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area, formerly known as the Tackett Creek Unit.

The elk was found dead just north of the graveyard off Valley Creek Road, which runs through the eastern portion of the WMA. A necropsy was performed at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and confirmed the animal had been shot and a bullet was recovered.

The Pine Mountain Long Beards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Campbell Outdoor Recreation Association and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation have joined together to offer the $4,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person(s) responsible for the elk’s death.

If you have information about this case, contact TWRA Wildlife Officers Brenden Marlow (615) 571-4792 or Michael Cavins (865) 318-3349, or the TWRA poaching hotline at 1(800) 831-1174. All caller information will remain anonymous.