By Eve Byron
Officials are seeking information about a young bull moose that was shot and left to waste sometime this week at the Yorks Islands Fishing Access Site south of Townsend.
The dead moose was reported to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks on Wednesday after it was discovered by bird hunters in heavy brush about 100 yards north of one of the campsites.
“To see it lying in the brush rotting because someone decided to shoot it and leave it is appalling,” said Sgt. Dave Loewen, an FWP game warden. “Everyone who cares about Montana’s wildlife should be outraged.”
Loewen said the moose was found in the vicinity of the border between hunting districts 380 and 390. HD 380 mainly consists of the Elkhorn Mountains, and only five coveted moose permits are made avail-able each year.
“That includes the entire Elkhorns, from Helena to Three Forks and Boulder to Townsend,” Loewen said. “In Hunting District 390, which runs from where the moose was found and into the Big Belts, only two permits are given out for that whole district. So there’s not a lot of permits in the area.
“Whoever unlawfully shot and left this moose to rot stole an opportunity for a hunter to legally harvest this moose -- that’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity -- and also took away a wildlife resource for everyday citizens, who have been robbed.”
The moose was 2 or 3 years old, Loewen estimated, and in good health prior to being shot. More....