Rewards offered for leads in Bitterroot poaching cases



Two humane societies announced today they're offering $2,500 rewards for solid leads in two separate poaching cases now under investigation by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens. The first case involves the killing of a male mountain lion in the West Fork area sometime in December or January. In the second case, wardens were led to a beheaded mule deer near Corvallis on Feb. 14.

FWP is already offering $1,000 rewards for information in each of the investigations, but the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust joined the effort in the hopes of seeing the poacher or poachers behind the acts arrested and convicted.

"The individual or individuals responsible for these callous poachings have an appalling disregard for both wildlife and the laws that exist to protect these species," Wendy Hergenraeder, Montana state director for the HSUS, said in a release from both humane societies this afternoon.

Poaching of Montana game, the focus of an Indy feature story earlier this year, remains one of FWP's top priorities in protecting the state's wild resources. However, with limited funding and law enforcement personnel, the agency relies heavily on tips from citizens in apprehending and prosecuting wildlife violators.

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