Sunday, February 7, 2016
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Fish and Game is 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. Declining populations have forced Fish and Game to close moose seasons in this and other areas.
Evidence was collected at the scene, but Rowley hopes to learn more about the case from an eyewitness or others who have knowledge of the poaching incident.
"I am very interested in visiting with anyone who has information regarding this poached moose," Rowley said.
Citizens Against Poaching is offering a reward for information in the case, 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 October 16 and had been dead for about two to three days. It was mostly likely shot during the weekend of October 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 issued each year.
If you have any information linked to this case please contact Fish and Game conservation officer Corey Taylor at 208-390-7326.
In addition to the CAP hotline, folks may also contact the local Fish and Game office with information. Callers may remain anonymous.