Triple Moose Poaching Reward Increased

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The Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife organization has increased the reward to $8,500 for the conviction of the person or persons responsible for poaching three bull moose Nov. 8 near Mountain View.

SFW Vice Chairman Eric Adams says their board of directors thought this particular case warranted a larger reward due to the heinous nature of the crime.

“The coward or cowards responsible for this crime have to be brought to justice,” said Adams. “ We are increasing that reward fund by $5,000. If the extra reward money leads to an arrest and conviction, then it is money well spent.”

SFW members will be distributing posters around southwest Wyoming in an effort to get someone with knowledge about this case to come forward.

Mountain View Game Warden Rick King is investigating the poaching incident and remains optimistic someone knows something about this flagrant, senseless act.

“Sometime on Nov. 8, someone or some persons shot three bulls from a county road on the West Fork of the Smith's Fork on BLM land,” said King. “The three bulls were vulnerable along a public road on public land, shot, wounded, and left to die. This was a waste of meat and a complete waste of three valuable game animals.”

Poaching wildlife is a serious crime in the Equality State, punishable by fines, loss of hunting and fishing privileges and, in some cases, jail time.

King says the loss of these three moose will have long-term impacts on the hunt area.

“These three bulls represent 10 percent of the annual bull permits and will result in lost hunting opportunity for three moose hunters in the future. True sportsmen and the citizens of the valley will not stand for this theft of their wildlife,” he said.

King says anyone providing information leading to the conviction of the person, or persons involved can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.

The Game and Fish Department’s Director's Office has authorized a $1,000 reward and there are additional funding sources to tap in this case.

“In addition, through the Stop Poaching Program, the Wyoming Wildlife Protector's Association authorized a separate reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest of the suspects,” said King, who is leading the investigation. “SFW added another $5,000 to the reward. We now have an $8,500 incentive. I hope someone will pick up the phone, call me and get this crime solved.”

Persons with information on this triple moose poaching should call the Stop Poaching hotline at (800) 442-4331 or King at (307) 782-6467. Calls will be kept confidential.