GREAT FALLS — Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks is asking for help identifying the person or people responsible for poaching a bull moose near Clinton in western Montana.
FWP said in a news release that the moose was found in the Swartz Creek area southwest of Clinton. No other details have been released.
FWP Game Wardens say that wildlife crimes like this one are often solved because of leads provided by the public.
Anyone with information regarding the poaching is asked to call FWP at 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668). Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to a conviction.
The FWP website provides the following information about poaching:
Poaching is the illegal killing of fish or wildlife. It can include illegal killing of fish or wildlife:
- for commercial trade
- for ego gratification
- in closed areas, during closed times, or taking more than the law allows
- reduce recreational opportunities for law abiding anglers, hunters, wildlife watchers, and other outdoor enthusiasts
- kill and waste Montana game animals, threatened and endangered species, and even nongame animals
- target Montana’s fish and wildlife resource for personal profit
- Poaching robs law abiding hunters of game and fish, businesses and taxpayers of revenues generated by hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing recreation, and it denies many other Montanans the ability to enjoy seeing healthy, mature fish and wildlife populations.