July 8, 2016
Reward offered after moose calf killed in Idaho
The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally killing a moose calf near Riordan Lake in Idaho. Citizens Against Poaching is also offering a reward in this case.
The Case: The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking information to determine who shot and killed a moose calf near Riordan Lake, south of Yellow Pine, some time between June 30 and July 2. The Department has interviewed several visitors to the area and is following a number of leads.
Lisa Kauffman, Idaho state director for The HSUS, said: “This is a tragic killing of a defenseless calf. Moose are already facing numerous challenges that are causing their populations to decline in some parts of Idaho. Poachers are contributing to the decline and are also stealing other species at an alarming rate, including elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer. We support and applaud the Idaho Department of Fish and Game's efforts to find the individual or individuals responsible."
Poaching: Moose hunting is highly regulated in Idaho, with hunters only permitted to kill one bull and one cow in a lifetime during controlled hunts. Poaching is a widespread problem in the United States, with wildlife officials estimating that poachers kill as many animals as legal hunters, and that only one to five percent of poached animals come to the attention of law enforcement.
The Investigators: The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is investigating this case. Anyone with information about this case is urged to call the Citizens Against Poaching’s 24-hour hotline at 1-800-632-5999. Callers may remain anonymous. Investigators are also asking individuals who visited Riordan Lake during the timeframe the incident occurred to contact them with any information regarding vehicles seen in the area. Tipsters can contact the Fish and Game McCall office at (208) 634-8137 weekdays or Idaho State Police at (208) 846-7550 on weekends.
Resources: The HSUS and the Trust work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspected poachers. Other services include assistance with internet wildlife trafficking investigations, donation of robotic decoys and forensic equipment, funds to support wildlife K-9 programs, outreach to prosecutors to encourage vigorous prosecution of poachers and legislative work to strengthen penalties for poaching.
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