Information Urgently Needed on Snowy Range Moose Poaching
Two moose, shot and left in the Medicine Bow National Forest near Kennaday Peak have game wardens looking for answers.
The first poaching occurred at about 8:20 a.m., Oct. 15 on the north side of Kennaday Peak close to U.S. Forest Service Road 201.
“A lactating cow was shot one time in the chest and left to rot. My investigation of the scene indicates two people were involved, and I have very good physical evidence but need help finding the suspects,” says Elk Mountain Game Warden, Brian Nesvik. “I am looking for information on any vehicles that may have been seen in the area or anything hunters may have heard.”
Nesvik said the calf might not survive. Moose calves usually don’t have good success without a mother, even as late as October.
The second poaching occurred Oct. 13 or 14 near Fish Creek on the east side of Kennaday Peak. “A female calf was shot in the head and left. No meat was taken from the animal,” said Saratoga Game Warden, Biff Burton. “The calf was found by hunters and reported Oct. 17.
“I am looking for vehicles people may have seen in the area on those dates or other information outdoor enthusiasts might have heard, or observed.”
“We are optimistic that with the public’s help, we may be able to solve these cases,” said Nesvik.
Wardens are putting a lot of effort into these investigations and are concerned about wildlife as well as public safety.
“Obviously, in a small population like the snowy range moose herd, losing two female moose to illegal harvest is significant,” said Nesvik. “I also get very concerned about public safety when it appears that people are quickly shooting at movement or shapes without identifying them. If a hunter can mistake a moose for an elk, he could mistake a horse or even a person for an elk.”
Anyone providing information leading to the conviction of the person, or persons involved can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward. Persons with information on either of these incidents should call the Stop Poaching hotline at (800) 442-4331.