JACKSON, Wyo. — The best eyes and ears game managers have to catch poachers is often the legion of ethical hunters in the field who do things right and are outraged by those who don’t.
By far, the vast majority of Wyoming hunters are true stewards of land and wildlife. A select few make poor decisions or deliberately break the law when it comes to poaching incidents.
With this in mind, National Park Service investigators are looking for information related to the illegal shooting of a collared black-colored gray wolf. The body of the wolf was located near the Pilgrim Creek trailhead in Grand Teton National Park on the morning of October 26.
The illegal taking of wildlife is a violation and subject to a fine up to $5,000 and/or up to six months imprisonment. Additionally, it is a violation to aid or assist in the illegal taking of wildlife and is also subject to a fine up to $5,000 and/or six months imprisonment.
Anyone with information that could help identify any of the individuals involved or was in the area of the Pilgrim Creek trailhead the morning of October 26, and can provide any information regarding this activity, is urged contact call or text the National Park Service Investigative Services Branch Tip Line at 888-653-0009 or email [email protected]. Information can be provided anonymously.
Poached moose, lion, elk
Additionally, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking any information regarding three separate poaching incidents. The first was a cow moose that was illegally shot and left to waste along the Union Pass Road at the north end of Buffalo Meadows on the Bridger Teton National Forest. The moose was shot less than 100 yards off the west side of Union Pass Road between Pinedale and Dubois.
Based on the condition of the carcass and information provided by campers in the area, it is believed the incident occurred sometime during the evening hours on Wednesday, October 21.
A second poaching incident involved a bull elk shot and partially field-dressed in the North Fork of Fish Creek drainage near Salt Pass south of Afton. The antlers were taken, but all of the meat was left to waste. It is believed the bull was shot sometime between October 20-22.
Anyone with possible information regarding the cow moose incident is encouraged to call North Jackson Game Warden Jon Stephens 307-733-2712 and anyone with possible information regarding the bull elk is encouraged to call the Afton Game Warden, James Hobbs at 307-885-3717 or the Jackson Game and Fish office at 1-800-423-4113 or the STOP POACHING hotline at 1-877-WGFD-TIP (1-877-943-3847).
Callers may remain anonymous and any information leading to an arrest and conviction may result in a reward of up to $5,000.
In yet another poaching incident, Rock Springs Game Warden Andy Roosa is looking for information or tips concerning a mountain lion that was shot and left near the Utah state line on Saturday, Oct. 24.
The collared animal was discovered Oct. 26 on the south side of Tepee Mountain. The mountain lion had been shot once and no part of the animal was taken. Mountain lion hunters are required to present the skull and pelt of harvested lions to Wyoming Game and Fish Department personnel within 72 hours for registration.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Stop Poaching Hotline at (877) WGFD-TIP. Reports can also be submitted online at wgfd.wyo.gov, by texting TIP411 using keyword WGFD, or calling Roosa directly at (307) 350-4204.
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