Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are offering a reward for information about an elk that was killed illegally in the Pryor Mountains south of Billings last weekend.
Game warden Courtney Tyree said someone killed the elk illegally and left all but the head and small amount of meat to waste.
The Pryor Mountain portion of hunting district 510 is closed to elk hunting because the herd there is struggling.
"It is acts like this that are keeping the population from growing," Tyree said.
Tyree also stressed that it is illegal to leave elk meat to rot.
FWP is offering a reward of as much as $1,000 to anyone with information that leads to a conviction in the case.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Tyree at (406) 247-2940 or 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668).
The 1-800-TIP-MONT program is a toll-free number where people can report violations of fish, wildlife or park regulations.Callers may remain anonymous.
It is similar to the well-known Crimestoppers program and offers rewards for information resulting in conviction of persons who abuse Montana's natural, historic or cultural resources.