State auctioning off nearly 1,000 poached antlers

State auctioning off nearly 1,000 poached antlers
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An auction going on at the state surplus store in Tumwater this month is putting the spotlight on the beauty of Washington's wildlife – and the ugly impact of poaching.

Nearly 1,000 elk and deer antlers are sorted, marked and up for auction at the store and online.

The antlers have been seized from illegal hunters by state Department of Fish and Wildlife police officers over the last decade.

Among the items up for auction are 33 trophy elk racks, 22 trophy deer racks, five trophy moose racks and nearly 1,000 pounds of single deer and elk antlers.

"Poachers steal directly from the citizens, and disadvantage hunters in Washington – the vast majority of which follow the law," Mike Cenci, deputy chief of enforcement for WDFW, said in a statement.

People can view the antlers online or in person at the state's public surplus store, 7511 New Market Street in Tumwater. The auction ends June 5.

Report poachers:
People who witness a fish and wildlife offense can report the violation by phone at 1-877-933-9847, email reportpoaching@dfw.wa.gov or text message 847411.