State wildlife officials are looking for information about a white-tailed deer that was poached earlier this week in the Upper Rock Creek area east of Missoula.
The whitetail buck was likely shot sometime early on Tuesday, Dec. 17 and found between Rock Creek Road and US Forest Service Grizzly Campground in the Ranch Creek area.
Only the antlers were taken, and the rest was left to waste. Montana Fish, Wildlife amd Parks game wardens note that wildlife crimes like this one are often solved because of leads provided by the public.
Anyone with information regarding the poaching is encouraged to contact 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.