CASTLEFORD - Idaho Department of Fish and Game officers are investigating a case of a poached pronghorn antelope in the area of 1050 E. 3150 N., near Castleford.
“We found that a doe pronghorn had been skinned and gutted, and the individual took the meat of the pronghorn and left the hide and entrails near 1050 East Road,” said Meghan Roos, Fish and Game senior conservation officer. “The animal was likely killed sometime between May 11 to 21.”
At first, officers investigated the incident as a possible roadkill due to its proximity to a road. However, after reviewing roadkill reports and discovering additional evidence at the scene, they now believe the pronghorn was not a roadkill but was instead poached during a closed season.
“The loss to the public was more than a single animal,” said Roos. “During the investigation we found that the doe was pregnant with two fawns at the time it was killed. The fawns were left with the gut pile.”
People with information leading to a conviction on these or other crimes are eligible for a reward through Citizens Against Poaching (CAP), and callers can remain anonymous. Call CAP at 1-800-632-5999 around the clock, or call the Fish and Game's regional office at 208-324-4359 or Roos at 208-539-4428.