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December 8, 2009

Reward Offered in Mont. Moose Poaching

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally killing a moose in the southeast area of Missoula, Mont.

The Case:

According to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks law enforcement, the female moose was shot and killed in the week prior to Nov. 25. The moose had a calf who most likely will not survive the winter. 

This case appears to be the most recent incident in a string of poachings. During the week of Nov. 15, three spike elk were killed and left in a private field south of Hall. Law enforcement also noted several incidents of illegally killing buck deer within Missoula city limits.

"The callous poaching of this moose is a serious crime and shows the disregard some individuals have for wildlife," said Wendy Hergenraeder, Montana state director for The HSUS. "The Humane Society of the United States applauds Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks for thoroughly investigating this incident."

If caught, the person or persons responsible could face numerous violations resulting in fines and restitution, the forfeiture of hunting privileges for several years, and potential jail time.

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 ways.

The Investigators:

Anyone with information about this case should contact Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Game Wardens at 1-800-847-6668.

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

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