October 22, 2004
Frankfort, KY - Two Leslie County men are lodged in the Clay
County jail charged with the illegal killing of a bull elk Monday evening.
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife officers arrested Brandon K. Mosley,
25, of Hoskinston, and John P. Madden, 29, of Muncy Creek in Stinnett, Tuesday
and charged both with illegally killing the 800-pound, 7x7 bull on the Asher
Strip Mine area near Stinnett. Mosley was also charged with shooting from a
Witnesses told Leslie County Conservation Officer Billy Collett that they were
watching the bull elk and listening to it bugle from about 50 yards away when a
shot rang out, it took a few steps, and then fell. Collett said they described a
Toyota pickup to him that immediately approached the downed elk and then fled
Collett and Perry County Conservation Officer Greg Watts followed up on the
information, conducted interviews, took statements and made the arrests. I
recognized the vehicle from their description, said Collett. We went out, took
some pictures and conducted the interviews.
The bull elk killed was Yellow Tag No. 66, released by the KDFWR in February
1999 in the Begley Wildlife Management Area about 15 miles from the scene.
Kentucky’s elk restoration program began in 1997 with seven Kansas elk. Today,
Kentucky is home to the largest elk herd east of Montana and numbers about 4,500
animals. Elk watching and elk watching tours are major tourist attractions to
The people of east Kentucky have played a critical role in this tremendously
successful restoration program, said Commissioner Tom Bennett. They not only
realized early that elk were native to Kentucky and a valuable piece of their
rich heritage, but that they would mean future economic opportunities for the
region as well. I salute those citizens who witnessed this criminal act and then
acted quickly to help us apprehend these wildlife criminals.
Mosley and Madden are being held in lieu of $1,000 bond each. Officers
confiscated the Rossi .270 caliber rifle, ammunition and spent cartridge.
Arraignments are pending in Leslie District Court.