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January 22, 2009

Reward Offered in Unsolved Grizzly Bear Poaching Case

The Humane Society of the United States

The Humane Society of the United States and The HSUS Wildlife Land Trust are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the illegal killing of a grizzly bear found dead in Ashton Reservoir near Ashton, Idaho.

The Case:

According to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, a young male grizzly bear and his sister who had been orphaned as cubs were relocated to the Yellowstone Lake area in September after feeding in an orchard. The bears then became difficult to track after they left the Yellowstone area and came to Idaho. The male bear was found dead under suspicious circumstances around Thanksgiving.

"These cases illustrate the callous nature of poachers and their often flippant participation in a serious crime," said Lisa Kauffman, Idaho state director for The HSUS. "The Humane Society of the United States applauds the Idaho Department of Fish and Game for strongly enforcing anti-poaching laws."

Poaching:

Every year, thousands of poachers are arrested nationwide; however, it is estimated that only 1 to 5 percent of poachers are caught. Poachers kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel manners.

The Investigators:

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the local Idaho Department of Fish and Game office at (208) 525-7290.

The HSUS works to stop wildlife abuse across the country. Visit humanesociety.org/wildlifeabuse for more information.

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 10.5 million Americans, or one of every 30. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org.

Since its founding in 1993, the Wildlife Land Trust has worked with private landowners to create 99 permanent wildlife sanctuaries where recreational and commercial hunting and trapping will always be prohibited. In addition, the Wildlife Land Trust works in collaboration with a variety of partners to protect many other vulnerable lands to benefit wildlife. Proud of its affiliation with the Humane Society of the United States, the Wildlife Land Trust joins in campaigns to protect wildlife from cruel and indefensible practices such as poaching, steel-jawed leghold traps, Internet hunting and canned shoots.  

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