Idaho Fish and Game looking for public's help to find multiple poachers
Idaho Fish and Game officers are seeking information on an elk that was poached on or around October 10, near Tuana Gulch and Shoestring Road near Bliss.
According to the department, the elk likely was poached around Oct. 10, before any elk hunts in the area were open.
Fish and Game is also asking the public for information about the poaching of a young bull moose along the Gold Fork River north of Cascade and about a yearling poached in the Copper Basin.
The moose found along the Gold Fork was poached sometime during the first week of October. 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 back straps 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," said Niels Nokkentved with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. "Declining populations have forced Fish and Game to close moose seasons in this and other areas."
Evidence was collected at the scene, but Rowley is asking for information from anyone who may have knowledge of the poaching incident.
Citizens Against Poaching is offering a reward for information in either of the cases, and callers may remain anonymous. Contact Citizens Against Poaching 24 hours a day at 1-800-632-5999.
Fish and Game also is looking for help to track down who killed and left a yearling bull moose in Muldoon Canyon in the Copper Basin area of the Big Lost River.
The moose was found on Oct. 16 and had been dead for about two to three days. It was mostly likely shot during the weekend of Oct. 12 to 14.
Moose are considered a trophy species in Idaho, and it is difficult to draw a tag to hunt. In the Big Lost River area only five cow moose tags and five bull moose tags are given away each year.
If you have any information linked to this case please contact Fish and Game conservation officer Corey Taylor at 208-390-7326.