A bull moose was illegally poached over the weekend near Park Creek Campground, Idaho Fish and Game officials say.

    After receiving multiple reports on Sunday, Idaho Fish and Game officials found the carcass left to waste in the Salmon-Challis National Forest, approximately 12 miles northeast of Sun Valley.

Only the animal’s antlers and a small portion of meat had been removed.

    Department conservation officer Steve Roberts said in a press statement that investigators are urging hunters or hikers who may have witnessed the poaching to call the Upper Snake Region office at 208-525-7290. He added that tipsters may remain anonymous, and a reward is being offered to help lead F&G officials to the poacher and begin prosecution.

    The weekend poaching followed Fish and Game’s reduction of moose tags for the 2019-2020 season, from 669 to 560, which went into effect in January to address Idaho’s declining moose population. Conservation Public Information Specialist Brian Pearson previously reported that moose declines across the West have in part been caused by “climate change-related shifts in forage quantity and quality, changing parasite prevalence, and impacts of predation.”

    The illegal killing also followed last week’s elk poaching outside of Arco, according to IDFG Regional Conservational Officer Doug Petersen.

    For future wildlife violations, IDFG officials urge witnesses to call the Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) hotline at 800-632-5999.

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