By Melissa Anderson
Montana's big game hunting season is now more than half-way over and wardens with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks are asking the public to report any unethical behavior.
At least two elk have been left to rot in the Broadwater and Lewis & Clark County hunting districts so far this season. The wild game is not only considered a waste, but is property of the taxpayers of the state.
"One of the bad things that happens, is that somebody will make an unethical shot and end up with two elk instead of one. They'll take the one and leave the other one to waste. And that's the last thing we want to see happen,"FWP warden Dave Loewen noted.
"We want that person to step forward, say, 'Gee, I made a mistake.' We'll work with them and try to mitigate it as best we can and get that second elk back to the Food Bank and do the best we can."
Wardens ask the public to report any illegal or unethical hunting activity via the state's 1.800.TIP.MONT hotline. You may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.