Press Release

December 2020

Duck carcasses found dumped on road in McCammon

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game received a report of duck carcasses dumped on the side of Hall Road in McCammon. The report came through the Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) hotline on Christmas Day.

Senior Conservation Officer Nick Noll responded to find about a dozen dead ducks—a mixture of common goldeneyes, gadwalls, and mallards. Some of the ducks were cleaned with breast meat removed. Others had been left to waste—a violation of Idaho Code 36-1202 which addresses the wasteful destruction of game birds.

“I just want people to be aware that if you harvest waterfowl, it is the law that you take the edible portions of those birds home with you-- in this case, the breast meat,” says Noll. “It’s a shame that these birds were wasted and then thrown off the road in view of the public’s eye.”

Those with information regarding this incident can call the CAP hotline at 1-800-632-5999 or Officer Noll at 208-221-8134. Callers can remain anonymous, and there is a reward for information that leads to an arrest in this case.

Canada geese shot and left to waste in Minidoka County

Fish and Game officers received a report on Tuesday December 29, 2020 of nine Canada geese that had been dumped and left to waste along the Snake River in Minidoka County. All geese were intact when found with no meat taken.

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Nine Canada geese were dumped and left to rot in Minidoka County

According to Senior Conservation Officer Aaron Andruska the geese were likely dumped along the Snake River either the evening of December 28 or early on December 29, 2020.

“Taking game animals for the thrill of the kill, only to waste them is completely unacceptable behavior” said Andruska, “poaching of any kind only takes these resources away from Idahoans who legally hunt and fish in Idaho.”

Update: Fungal infection likely caused duck deaths near Salmon

State and federal officials have received further indication that over 100 mallard ducks found dead near Salmon, died of an acute fungal infection.

The cause of death is almost certainly acute Aspergillosis, a respiratory tract infection caused by a fungus commonly found in soil, dead leaves, moldy grain, compost piles, or in other decaying vegetation.

Fungal cultures of the lungs of two of three ducks tested resulted in growth of Aspergillus fungi. However, final confirmation is pending according to the most recent update from National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

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The fungus can cause severe respiratory tract infections in birds that inhale the spores but it cannot be passed from one infected duck to another.

Cow and Calf Moose Killed on Moscow Mountain near Princeton, ID

On Sunday December 20, 2020 remains from a cow and calf moose were found on Moscow Mountain near Hatter Creek. It is believed both moose were killed earlier the same day. No moose hunting seasons were open at the time the animals were killed and no hunting seasons exist for cow moose throughout the Clearwater region due to concerns regarding moose population levels. Evidence suggests multiple people may have been involved with killing the moose.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call IDFG Sr. Conservation Officer Tony Imthurn at (208) 716-8099 or call the Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) hotline 1-800-632-5999. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.

Southwest Region Rainbow Trout Stocking Schedule - January

Personnel from Fish and Game's Nampa Hatchery will be releasing more than 2,500 catchable-sized rainbow trout at the following locations during January.

LOCATION WEEK STOCKED NUMBER OF TROUT

Marsing Pond                                                 January 4                                 450

Wilson Springs (Nampa)                          January 4, 18                           250/250

Wilson Springs Ponds (Nampa)        January 4, 11, 18, 29            400/400/400/400

The number of trout actually released may be altered by weather, water conditions, equipment problems or schedule changes. If delays occur, trout will be stocked when conditions become favorable.

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Magic Valley angler lands new state record common carp

A new rod and reel state record common carp was landed on December 20 on the Snake River just above Upper Salmon Dam. Angler Alex Veenstra from Hansen landed a 30-pound, 4-ounce, 36-inch “mirror” carp while using a crankbait. The fish bested the previous record by 10 pounds, which was caught in September 2020 in Swan Falls Reservoir.

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Alex Veenstra with his new state record common carp, also known as mirror carp.

Mirror carp are a variant of the common carp, but have been found in greater numbers above Shoshone Falls. The carp got its name from the large scales, which are said to resemble mirrors. Mirror carp are common in Europe where they have been known to grow in excess of 60 pounds.

F&G Commission adjusts outfitter set-aside for nonresident elk tags

Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Dec. 22 approved increasing the outfitter set-aside for nonresident elk tags from 2,400 to 2,800 using temporary rulemaking, after they approved a rulemaking petition seeking to increase the outfitter set-aside up to 25 percent of the nonresident quota for general nonresident deer and elk tags. 

Magic Valley Region rainbow trout stocking schedule for January 2021

Hatchery personnel from Fish and Game’s Magic Valley Region will be stocking approximately 1,900 10-12” catchable-sized rainbow trout in January. All stocking dates and numbers of fish are approximate and may change without notice due to water or weather conditions.

 

Body of Water

Week to be Stocked

Number to be Stocked

Freedom Park Pond - Burley

Idaho moose research shows potential causes of recent declines

Idaho Fish and Game and University of Idaho researchers began a multi-year moose research project in early 2020. Adult survival so far has been better than expected, but populations are still declining in the long term. They hope more research will provide clues on how to help Idaho’s largest big game animal rebound, or at least, discover what’s causing their decline in Idaho and beyond. 

Clearwater Region Highlights of 2020: Moose Creek reservoir vegetation removal shows positive results

Water levels at Moose Creek Reservoir were drawn down in an attempt to reduce the amount of vegetation around the docks and shoreline. The hope was this would make fishing and boating more accessible for anglers. Surveys this summer of 2020 were promising, as vegetation covered much less of the reservoir, especially in shallow area. We will continue to monitor the effects of this drawdown. Our hope is that the drawdown will provide several years of less vegetation and improved fishing. If successful, we will consider using the drawdown every few years instead of more costly options such as herbicides or dredging.

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Moose Creek Reservoir  (before drawdown)