Thursday, October 18, 2012

Reward for Info on Poached Moose

Fish and Game is asking the public for information regarding the poaching of a young bull moose along the Gold Fork River north of Cascade. The young bull was poached sometime during the first week of October.
Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) is offering a reward for information in the case and callers can remain anonymous. Contact CAP at 1-800-632-5999 twenty four hours a day.
Responding to the initial report, Fish and Game conservation officer Chris Rowley found the poached bull moose just off the Gold Fork Road, along the North Fork of the Gold Fork River. The poachers took only one hind quarter, the backstraps and the antlers. The remaining meat was left to waste.
While moose are found in suitable habitat across Idaho, only a small population exists in the Gold Fork area, making every individual moose valuable to the population as a whole. Declining populations have forced Fish and Game to close moose seasons in this and other areas.
Evidence was collected at the scene, but Rowley hopes to learn more about the case from an eyewitness or others who have knowledge of the poaching incident. “I am very interested in visiting with anyone who has information regarding this poached moose,” Rowley stated.
In addition to the CAP hotline, persons may also contact their local Fish and Game office with information regarding this case.

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