Enforcement - Region 5
Fri Aug 26 15:55:00 MDT 2011
BILLINGS — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is offering a reward of as much as $1,000 for information leading to convictions in two deer-poaching cases in Billings.
Two trophy mule deer bucks were shot with a small-caliber gun and left to die inside the Billings city limits this week. A three-point buck, with antlers in velvet, was retrieved by FWP game wardens on Katherine Ann Drive, between Main Street and Lake Elmo Drive in Billings Heights. A 4X5 buck in velvet died in a neighborhood north of North Park in downtown Billings.
Game Warden Kevin Holland said both were shot through the chest with a small-caliber gun and left to die.
In addition to shooting deer out of season, the poachers are guilty of wanton waste of wild game meat and possibly other violations. Anyone with information about the poaching case should call FWP’s wildlife violations hotline at 1-800-TIP-MONT (800-847-6668).
Anyone who offers information that leads to a conviction in the case may qualify for a reward of up to $1,000 from 1-800-TIP-MONT.
The 1-800-TIP-MONT program is a toll-free number where people can report violations of fish, wildlife or park regulations. Callers may remain anonymous. It is similar to the well-known Crimestoppers program and offers rewards for information resulting in apprehension of persons who abuse Montana's natural, historic or cultural resources.