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Info sought on Bitterroot Valley elk and deer poaching cases

Posted at 3:46 PM, Nov 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-03 17:48:03-04

MISSOULA — State wildlife officials are looking for the public's help following a pair of recent poaching cases.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) game wardens are looking for information about two separate poaching incidents that occurred in the southern Bitterroot Valley.

FWP reports in one case, two brow-tined bull elk were shot and left early in the week of Oct. 24. The elk were found on private land, just east of Lick Creek Road in Hunting District (HD) 240 south of Hamilton. All parts of the elk were left at the scene.

In a separate incident, a mule deer buck was shot and left on Nov. 2 in the East Fork of the Bitterroot, just off Meadow Creek Road in HD 270. The deer was left intact on site.

FWP game wardens say that wildlife crimes like this one are often solved because of leads from the public. Anyone with information about these incidents is encouraged to call 1-800-TIP-MONT.

Callers may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.