FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Three Springdale residents were arrested in an elk poaching case, authorities say.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said Rebecca Burkett, 27, her husband Clifford L. Burkett, 52, and Joyce Stout, 57, were all arrested after two bull elk were found dead near the Madison County line.
On January 29, AGFC officers were called by local landowners who found the dead elk. Both had been shot, and one had tenderloins removed. There was also evidence the suspects had started cutting the other one’s head off, authorities said.
During the investigation, a third elk was found in a Springdale storage building.
Rebecca Burkett faces charges of fleeing a wildlife officer, taking of elk prohibited, criminal trespass, hunting wildlife in closed season, aiding and abetting, hunting from the road and big game checking requirements. Her maximum possible fine is $12,870.
Clifford L. Burkett faces charges of hunting out of season, criminal trespass and aiding, accompanying and abetting. His maximum possible fine is $5,000.
Stout faces charges of hunting from the road, fleeing an officer, criminal trespass, hunting wildlife in a closed season, taking of elk prohibited, big game checking requirements, criminal trespass and aiding accompanying and abetting. His maximum possible fine is $6,420.