FWP: Poachers cut out the best cuts of game, left the rest to rot

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This poached elk had a fchunk of meat cut out of it. The rest was left to waste. (Photo courtesy of FWP)

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are asking for help from the public on several incidents of poaching between Columbia Falls Stage Road and Highway 206.

FWP spokesman Dillon Tabish declined to say how many animals have been killed, but noted it was “several.” He said game wardens confirmed the animals were shot, not killed by predators. In some cases, poachers cut out the best parts of the meat from the animals and left the rest to rot.

“We’re keeping details on the investigation limited at this point,” Tabish said.

The poachings were on private property.

Since the incidents were posted on the FWP Region 1 Facebook page, the public has been helpful, Tabish said.

“It’s been very reassuring to see how many people it has struck a chord with,” Tabish said.

People with information area asked to contact wardens Chris Neu at (406) 250-9498 or Perry Brown at (406) 250-2097. Or call 1-800-TIP-MONT or visit http://fwp.mt.gov/enforcement/tipmont/

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