3 moose illegally killed in west-central Idaho, state says

Weekly Wildlife: June Week 4

CASCADE, Idaho (AP) — Three bull moose were illegally shot and killed in Valley County in west-central Idaho, Idaho officials say, and a fourth bull moose was shot at but apparently not injured.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game this week said a large bull moose was killed west of Smiths Ferry sometime between Oct. 10 and Saturday.

Officials are investigating and offering a reward.

Officials said two other moose were shot and killed by hunters on Friday who said they mistook them for elk, then reported the mistake to authorities.

The region “has a low density of moose,” said Hollie Miyasaki, a moose biologist with Fish and Game. “Illegally killing three moose in an area where we don’t have a large enough population to have a hunt could have a negative impact on this population of moose.”

On Saturday north of Payette Lake, officers responded after witnesses reported two hunters shooting at a moose. The hunters said they thought it was an elk. Wildlife officials say they believe the moose wasn’t hit.

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