Poachers have killed several bull elk and moose around Missoula this hunting season, and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wardens hope someone has information about the crimes.
Someone shot two bull moose just south of the Hogback, or the Morgan-Case Homestead in Upper Rock Creek, sometime between late Tuesday, Nov. 15, and early Thursday, Nov. 17. One moose was taken and the other left to waste, according to Terry Althaus, FWP game warden.
Also during that time period, someone shot a young bull moose near Doney Lake, northwest of Deer Lodge. FWP game warden Joe Kambic of Deer Lodge said the moose was shot a few miles from the road and left to waste.
In the Superior area, two men have been cited for killing a spike bull elk on a block management area on Nov. 13. The men were charged with hunting in a closed season, illegal transfer of a license and hunting without permission, according to FWP spokeswoman Vivica Crowser.
Wardens are also investigating the killing of two more spike bulls in the same block management area on the same day.
Montana's big-game hunting season ends a half hour after sunset on Sunday.
Anyone with information on any of these incidents is encouraged to call 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668). Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to a conviction.