Game Law Violations

Report from Montana

• A cow elk was taken illegally on May 17 near Clancy, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Warden Sergeant Mike Ottman. The animal appeared to have been killed at another location and then moved onto Forest Service land off of Warm Springs Creek Road. All that remained at the crime scene was the boned-out carcass. This crime was discovered and reported to TIP-MONT by a citizen.

• Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks is seeking information on the illegal taking of a sow black bear near Rock Creek on April 30 around 4 p.m. The sow was killed and abandoned, leaving three cubs behind, according to a fisherman in the area who reported the crime. A blue or green late-model pickup truck with a bulky toolbox or piece of equipment in the truck bed was driven at high speed from the area of the crime. FWP personnel were able to capture two of the three cubs and place them at the FWP animal shelter in Helena.

"We're hopeful someone who saw a vehicle of this description in the area at the time the bear was shot will come forward with information to help us solve this case," said Warden Terry Althaus. Information on this case can be reported by calling the TIP-MONT hotline (800-847-6668).

Anyone with information on these or other wildlife crimes in Montana should call TIP-MONT. For Montanans and visitors to the state, the TIP-MONT hotline is the first line of defense against fish and wildlife poaching and parks vandalism. The line is open 24 hours a day, and callers can remain anonymous, do not have to testify in court and may receive a reward for a tip that helps to protect Montana's valuable fish, wildlife and parks resources.

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