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April 13, 2012

Reward Offered in Illegal Moose Killing Case in Washington

Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust

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

The Case: According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, a moose cow was poached near the top of Beacon Hill, near Valley Spring Road and Minnehaha Park.  It is believed that she was killed sometime during the evening of April 9. It appears the moose was butchered on site and then removed from the area by vehicle during the early morning hours of April 10.

“Poaching is a serious, senseless crime, and anyone with information should do the right thing and come forward,” said Dan Paul, Washington state director for The HSUS. “We are extremely grateful to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for their diligent work to find the person or persons responsible.”

Poaching:

•    Wildlife officials estimate that nationwide, tens of millions of animals are poached annually.
•    It is estimated that only 1 percent to 5 percent of poached animals come to the attention of law enforcement.
•    Poachers injure or kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel ways. Wildlife officials report that poachers often commit other crimes as well.
•    The HSUS and HSWLT work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $2,500 for information leading to arrest and conviction of suspected poachers.

The Investigators: Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Officer Paul Mosman (509.710.5707) or Officer Dave Spurbeck (509.993.3997) with any information you may have about this case. All reports are confidential.

The HSUS and HSWLT work to curb poaching across the country. Visit humanesociety.org/poaching for more information.

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Media Contact: Stephanie Twining, 301-258-1491, stwining@humanesociety.org

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