Montana Offers Reward for Elk Poaching

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On Nov. 23, 2007, someone shot a bull elk and left it to waste on the Jansen Block Management Area north of Billings. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wardens believe others witnessed the crime, so the department is offering a reward of as much as $1,000 for information.

Poaching, which includes illegally killing wildlife or deliberately killing game and leaving it to waste, is a crime against all Montanans. Sportsmen are an important source of information about crimes they may witness while in the field.

Anyone who has a lead about last November's poaching crime may call 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668) to speak to a warden and qualify for a reward.

1-800-TIP-MONT is a toll-free number where people can report violations of fish, wildlife or park regulations. Callers may remain anonymous. It is similar to the well-known Crimestoppers program and offers rewards for information resulting in apprehension of persons who abuse Montana's natural, historic or cultural resources.