The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking information on the apparent recent poaching of a mule deer buck and cow moose.
The carcass of a young mule deer buck was discovered Nov. 24, on the west shore of Crystal Reservoir. It had been dead for several days. The antlers were removed about an inch above the base. None of the meat was removed from the carcass. It was the third reported mule deer poaching in the area during the 2013 hunting season.
Laramie Game Warden Kelly Todd said the cow moose was shot sometime around the weekend of Nov. 9-10. A bullet traveled through one of the moose’s back legs and entered the other rear leg, shattering the knee. The moose eventually died in South Crow Creek. A bull calf was spotted hanging around the cow after she died. It is illegal to shoot a cow moose with a calf at its side in that hunt area.
Todd said a hunter might have mistaken the moose for an elk.
Tips can be called in on the Stop Poaching Tip Line, 1-877-WGFD-TIP (1-877-943-3847). To leave a tip online, go to www.wgfd.wyo.gov and click on the “stop poaching” logo.