MISSOULA — State wildlife officials are looking for the public's help after a deer was found dead in the Bitterroot.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) game warden, Justin Singleterry, is seeking information about a mule deer buck that was shot and then dumped off Willow Creek Road east of Corvallis.
According to a news release, evidence supports that the 4x4 buck was shot and killed on location and then discarded down a steep embankment. Nothing was taken from the deer and all meat left to waste.
The incident occurred approximately one-quarter mile past the intersection of Willow Creek Road and Willow Creek Trailhead Road, right after a hard switchback.
FWP was notified about the deer on Nov. 7 through a public report. The deer could have been killed several days before it was discovered, according to FWP spokeswoman Vivica Crowser.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Warden Singleterry at (406) 240-0764 or 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.