A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people who poached a moose calf near Riordan Lake some time between June 30 and July 2.
The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust announced the reward Friday. Citizens Against Poaching previously announced a reward for information on the case.
“This is a tragic killing of a defenseless calf,” Lisa Kauffman, Idaho state director for the Humane Society of the United States, said in a news release. “Moose are already facing numerous challenges that are causing their populations to decline in some parts of Idaho.
Moose hunting is highly regulated in Idaho, with hunters only permitted to kill one bull and one cow in a lifetime during controlled hunts, according to the news release. Poaching is a widespread problem in the United States, with wildlife officials estimating that poachers kill as many animals as legal hunters, the news release states.
Anyone with information about this poaching case or Riordan Lake visitors who might have observed vehicles at lake trailheads between Thursday, June 30, and Saturday, July 2, are urged to contact authorities via the CAP hotline, 1-800-632-5999, or by calling the Fish and Game McCall office at 208-634-8137 weekdays or Idaho State Police at 208-846-7550 on weekends.