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Mule deer poached near Great Falls

Posted at 5:51 PM, Aug 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-29 23:53:11-04

GREAT FALLS – Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is trying to find the person or people who illegally shot and killed a mule deer buck south of Great Falls.

The deer was shot the night of August 27 on Upper Millegan Road about five or six miles south of Eden Bridge.

Whoever shot the buck took the head and left the carcass.

FWP is asking anyone with information on the incident to call 1-800-TIPMONT. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 for providing information that leads to a conviction.

On its website, FWP provides the following information about poaching:

Poaching is the illegal killing of fish or wildlife. It can include illegal killing of fish or wildlife:

  • for commercial trade
  • for ego gratification
  • in closed areas, during closed times, or taking more than the law allows

Poachers:

  • reduce recreational opportunities for law abiding anglers, hunters, wildlife watchers, and other outdoor enthusiasts
  • kill and waste Montana game animals, threatened and endangered species, and even nongame animals
  • target Montana’s fish and wildlife resource for personal profit
  • Poaching robs law abiding hunters of game and fish, businesses and taxpayers of revenues generated by hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing recreation, and it denies many other Montanans the ability to enjoy seeing healthy, mature fish and wildlife populations.

Reporting by David Sherman for MTN News