The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is asking for the public's help in finding the person responsible for an elk that was illegally shot and killed over the past weekend.

In a statement, the department says the yearling cow elk was shot about half a mile up the Little Greys Road past its confluence with the Greys River Road. The elk is believed to have been killed with a small-caliber rifle, then left to waste.

The carcass was found about 75 yards from the LIttle Greys River Road.

Anyone who may have details on the case, or anyone who was in the area and noted suspicious vehicles or activities, is asked to call Afton Game Warden James Hobbs at 1-800-423-4113.

"This is especially frustrating to me, and likely all ethical sportsmen, to have an elk make it through the hard winter months only to be pointlessly shot and left to waste," Hobbs said in a news release.

Tips can also be submitted to the STOP POACHING hotline at 1-877-943-3847. Hotline callers may remain anonymous and could receive a reward of up to $5,000 for any information leading to an arrest and conviction.