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Montana wildlife officials seek information on poaching of 2 bull elk

Posted at 5:48 PM, Feb 19, 2019
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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6 game wardens are seeking any information regarding two dead bull elk found south of Chinook in Blaine County last week.

On Feb. 14, 2019, Region 6 Havre wardens received a TIP-MONT call about a dead bull elk approximately two miles north of Cow Creek Reservoir off Lloyd Road about 30 miles south of Chinook.

Wardens responded to the area and located a seven-by-seven bull elk. Another dead six-by-six bull elk was then found nearby. After further investigation, wardens determined both elk were shot and left to waste on the hillside.

Wardens are reaching out to the public for any information about the person or persons responsible in this wanton waste of two bull elk.

(Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks photo)

“This is not hunting. This is a crime that occurred well outside of established hunting seasons,” an FWP press release states.

The elk are believed to have been shot anywhere from Sunday, Feb. 11 to Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call Chinook-area Warden Haden Hussey directly at 406-942-2191 or call FWP’s 24-hour wildlife tip line at 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668). The 1-800-TIP-MONT program is a toll-free number where one can report violations of fish, wildlife or park regulations. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 for providing information that leads to a conviction.

 — Story by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks