Gaylord authorities say a bull elk was poached near Vanderbilt.
Conservation officers say the elk was illegally killed and left at the Pigeon River State Forest in Otsego County over the weekend.
"We are currently following up on leads,” Jim Gorno of the DNR said in a statement. “We hope that the public can help us with this investigation, as they have always been helpful in the past. This is flat out poaching. A majestic elk was killed for no reason and left to rot.”
In Michigan, Elk licenses are limited and only available through a drawing. It is also not elk hunting season.
State DNR officers say they are following up on leads. They also ask the public to call the Gaylord DNR post at 989-732-3541 with any information related to the crime.