Enforcement - Region 5
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
BILLINGS — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is offering a reward for information about two bull elk that were poached and left to waste last month south of Reed Point.
FWP game warden Derek Fagone said the two elk were discovered in December by a bridge inspector. They were under a livestock underpass along Hump Creek Road eight miles south of Reed Point. They obviously had been hauled to the area from elsewhere, dumped over the edge of the road and dragged under the underpass, he said.
The perpetrators had started the process of field dressing and quartering the bull elk, Fagone said. They took only the head from one elk and left the rest, including all of the meat, to waste.
The department, through its 1-800-TIP-MONT program, is offering a reward of as much as $1,000 for information leading to the conviction of those responsible. Anyone with information about the crimes should call 1-800-TIP-MONT (800-847-6668), the FWP 24-hour reporting telephone hotline.
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 conviction of persons who abuse Montana's natural, historic or cultural resources.