Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials are asking for help from the public about the illegal killing of a bull elk in southern Blaine County.
FWP warden Dirk Paulsen of Chinook said the elk was shot and killed sometime between Oct. 24. and Oct. 27 on Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation school trust land in the John Coulee area - east of Cow Creek and south of the Hays Road.
The poaching happened in Hunting District 621, where a special permit is required to harvest a bull elk. Paulsen said the animal's backstraps, loin, and one front quarter were left to waste. A .220-caliber Swift rifle casing was recovered from the ridge above the scene.
"The bull was killed after the hunter drove down a closed Bureau of Land Management trail in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. The person then drove off the top of the ridge into the bottom to retrieve. This poaching happened in the same area where three other elk were poached over the last two years," Paulsen said in a news release.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Paulsen at (406) 263.0620 or FWP at 800.TIP.MONT; callers may be eligible for a reward.