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Wardens seek information in poaching case

Headlines - Region 5

Fri Apr 30 00:00:00 MDT 2010

BIG TIMBER— Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are seeking information about two pregnant cow elk that were shot in the Boulder River drainage south of Big Timber last week.

Game Warden Derek Fagone of Big Timber said the two elk were shot on private property. He estimated that they were killed during the week before they were discovered earlier in the week. The poachers removed some parts of the elk, but left the bulk of the meat to go to waste.

In addition to shooting elk out of season, the poachers are guilty of trespassing, wanton waste of wild game meat and possibly other violations. Anyone with information about the poaching case should call Fagone at (406) 932-4430 or 1-800-TIP-MONT.

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  (800-847-6668) 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.