MONTANA – Large bull elk poached east of Hardin. Reward Offered

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BILLINGS – Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking the public’s help in identifying those involved in the illegal poaching of a mature bull elk along Sarpy Basin Road, East of Hardin, MT and left to waste.

FWP Warden Matt Ladd stated that the remains of the elk were located on private property near Sarpy Basin Road. The head had been removed by the poacher(s) but that the rest of the animal was left to waste.

Anyone who reports information that leads to a conviction in the case is eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 by calling Ladd at 406-860-7808 or anonymously to FWP’s 24-hour crime-reporting line at 1-800-TIP-MONT (800-847-6668).

The 1-800-TIP-MONT program 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 conviction of persons who abuse Montana’s natural, historic or cultural resources