Poaching

A dead trophy mule deer
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks / Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is investigating another poaching case, this one in the Missoula area.

Of the no less than eight cases of poaching Montana wildlife officials are currently investigating, some of the game animals were killed and left to rot where they fell. Others were found decapitated, but otherwise untouched.

One Montana educator has spent years researching poachers and has found they’re motivated by many different factors.

A dead trophy mule deer
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks / Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is offering a reward for information about four trophy mule deer bucks poached north of Hardin. This is the the most recent in a string of poaching cases in southern Montana.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is offering rewards for information in four new poaching cases in Big Timber, Hamilton and north of Billings.

dead elk
Musselshell County Sheriff's Office / Facebook

Poaching in Montana has doubled over the past 20 years, according to Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks. Montana FWP investigates about 40 new cases of poaching each year.

Dead elk left to rot
Musselshell County Sheriff's Office / Facebook

A fourth dead elk has been found in the southwest part of Musselshell County.

State and federal wildlife officials are investigating the shooting death of a male grizzly bear west of Whitefish.

Investigators with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks say the 4-year-old bear’s body was dumped over the Farm to Market Road bridge and into the Stillwater River sometime between May 25 and 28. It was then found downstream by recreationalists and retrieved by officials last Sunday.

Yellowstone National Park has increased the reward for information about the shooting of one of the park’s most well-known wolves. This more than a month after offering an initial reward.