Elk NetworkPoachers Sought in Montana, New Mexico

General | June 1, 2017

Game wardens in Montana and New Mexico need your help finding those responsible for elk poaching in their respective states.

In Montana, authorities are investigating the shooting of a cow elk and the removal of its backstraps along the Clark Fork River near Garrison in the west-central part of the state. Call 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668) if you have any information.

In northeast New Mexico, authorities are seeking information about a bull elk found about four miles north of Logan. The head, antlers and meat were all taken. If you have any information, call 1-800-432-4263.

Also in New Mexico, a judge ordered Michael C. Agguire of Silver City to pay $4,000 for illegal possession of a set of trophy elk antlers. The case dates back to a November 2015 traffic stop near Cliff where game wardens found the 6×5 antlers in his trunk.

“Shed antlers may be picked up year-round without a permit or license, but when we see antlers with the skull still attached in the back of a truck when there are no hunts for that species going on, we get suspicious,” said Conservation Officer Jordan Duncan of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

(Photo source: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks/New Mexico Game & Fish)