A Fish and Game trailer stolen from Boise in April was recovered on May 2 and about half its contents found, but many items remain missing and officials are asking the public's help locating them. The trailer contained GPS and radio collars for tracking big-game animals and other equipment used to capture, handle, process and release animals.
A suspect is being sought in connection with the theft. Fish and Game Investigator Kurt Stieglitz said there’s evidence linking an individual to the theft, including security camera footage.
Stieglitz said the suspect is believed to live in the Nibley/Logan Utah area, possibly the Salt Lake area, and also has family in Reedsport, Oregon. He is thought to have been traveling between the two locations when the theft occurred. There are several active warrants for the suspect in Utah, Stieglitz said.
Fish and Game officials inventoried the 14-foot cargo trailer and estimate the value of the trailer and its contents is more than $100,000. The trailer also sustained about $1,600 in damage after being stolen. It was stolen from an unsecure area on Fish and Game property in Boise after it was moved from a secure area threatened by flooding.
After the theft, several boxes of tracking collars were discarded in locations between Boise and Jerome. Magnets attached to collars that prevent transmissions were jarred loose on some collars, which allowed biologists to locate them.
The trailer was recovered after being abandoned in a remote area near Logan, Utah after a citizen reported it to local law enforcement, which contacted Fish and Game officials.
Fish and Game officials hope to recover more of the missing equipment.
“A lot of it is specialized stuff that has little value on the street,” Stieglitz said.
Anyone who finds, or has information about the missing equipment can call (208) 465-8465 or their local law enforcement agency.