Idaho Department of Fish and Game officers are seeking information about a bull moose that was shot and left to rot in Bates Canyon, just off the Fall Creek Road in Swan Valley.
Conservation officers were alerted by a confidential informant who reported the animal and its location to the Citizens Against Poaching hotline. The informant said the male moose had been shot and left at the head of Bates Canyon, which is about a mile above the area known as Cow Camp on the Fall Creek Road in Unit 66.
The CAP call came in on October 11. But upon investigation, officers determined the animal had been dead more than a week and a half. A controlled antlered moose hunt with 15 permits in that area started on August 30 and runs through November 23.
The bull moose had been shot in the neck, and conservation officers collected other evidence at the scene. Fish and Game is looking for additional information to help solve the case. Because it was a trophy animal, the case could carry felony charges.
Anyone with information may call the CAP Hotline at 1-800- 632-5999. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.