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FWP offers reward for information about bull elk poached east of Hardin

The head was removed, and the rest of the animal left to waste
FWP offers reward for information about bull elk poached east of Hardin
Posted at 10:47 AM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 12:47:02-05

Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information about a large, mature bull elk that was shot illegally Sunday night along Sarpy Basin Road east of Hardin and left to waste.

FWP game warden Matt Ladd said remains of the elk were left on private property along the county road. The head had been removed, but the rest of the animal was left to waste.

Anyone who reports information that leads to a conviction in the case is eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 by calling Ladd at 406-860-7808 or anonymously to FWP’s 24-hour crime-reporting line at 1-800-TIP-MONT (800-847-6668).

FWP says that wildlife crimes like this one are often solved because of leads provided by the public.

The FWP website 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


  • 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.