BILLINGS – MontanaFish, Wildlife and Parks is offering a reward of as much as $1,000 for information about an elk that was killed illegally and left to waste north of Hardin.
Warden Sgt. Chris Anderson said someone shot the bull elk on Christmas night near Highway 47 about 14 miles north of Hardin. Only the head and antlers were moved and the rest was left to rot.
Montana’s elk hunting season was closed at the time. In addition, Montana law makes wanton waste of game meat a crime. Anyone with information about the crimes is encouraged to call Sgt. Anderson at (406) 860-7804 or FWP’s 24-hour wildlife tip line at 1-800-TIP-MONT (800-847-6668). The TIP-MONT program is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to a conviction in the case.
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.