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Mar 7, 2013 2:18 AM by MTN News - Missoula

Charges filed in moose poaching near Avon

MISSOULA - Two juveniles have been charged in connection with last month's moose poaching which happened near Avon.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks game warden Joe Kambic, lead investigator for the case, found the moose dead near Carpenter and Ophir Creeks on February 19.

The moose showed evidence of multiple small-caliber gunshot wounds and was left to waste.

Jim Kropp, FWP Chief of Enforcement, said that the incident generated a lot of interest and prompted public donations that increased the reward potential for tips leading to a conviction in the case.

"In the end, it was not tips from the public that made this case, but often times it is," Kropp says, "We rely on information reported through the state's 1800-TIP-MONT wildlife crime reporting hotline to help in our investigations."

Authorities have not released the names of the juveniles.

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