BUTTE - State wildlife officials are investigating the poaching of a trophy bull moose in the Cardwell area.
Justin Gibson, a game warden with the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, says the poaching was reported on Oct. 28 and he believes the moose was shot earlier that week.
He says it appears the moose was shot from the road. The carcass was left to waste.
The bull was among the few moose that lived in the area close to the Jefferson River and was known by local residents.
Gibson says under Montana law, because the bull was a trophy bull, someone convicted of poaching it could be ordered to pay $6,000 in restitution to the state.
Anyone with information is urged to call Gibson at 406-439-4017 or the agency's tip line at 1-800-847-6668, where callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.