HELENA, Mont. (AP) — State wildlife officials are investigating the poaching of a second bull moose south of Cardwell.
Fish, Wildlife and Parks Warden Justin Gibson says the moose was likely shot about two weeks ago. It was found within a mile of another trophy-class bull moose that was poached in late October, also near the Jefferson River.
Gibson says wardens are investigating the possibility that the shootings are related.
As in the case of the earlier poaching, because the bull was a trophy-class animal, someone convicted of poaching it could be ordered to pay $6,000 in restitution to the state.
Anyone with information is urged to call Gibson at 406-439-4017 or the agency’s tip line at 1-800-847-6668, where callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.