Elk NetworkEight Elk Poaching Cases among those Unsolved in Idaho

General | December 17, 2020

Below is a news release from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Over the course of the 2020 hunting season, Idaho Fish and Game has responded to separate poaching incidents where animals were shot and killed and left to waste in areas around the state. Conservation officers investigate these cases but rely on the eyes and ears of the public to help solve crimes against Idaho’s wildlife.

“The public plays a critical role in catching poachers stealing game and fish from Idaho citizens,” said Chris Wright, Idaho Fish and Game Assistant Chief of Enforcement. “Those who ‘Make the Call’ help us detect and solve cases that in many circumstances, we wouldn’t otherwise be able to.”

Rewards for information

For those who provide information leading to a poacher’s arrest or citation, Citizens Against Poaching offers the following rewards:

  • $200 for birds, fish, and general violations
  • $300 for most big game animals and wild turkey
  • $600 for trophy species such as bighorn sheep, mountain goat, grizzly, moose, and caribou.

In special circumstances, rewards are subject to change.

How can you help?

Anyone with information on a possible poaching incident should report it as quickly as possible by calling the Citizens Against Poaching hotline at (800) 632-5999 (available 24 hours a day), or reporting online at idfg.idaho.gov/poacher.

Please provide as much information as possible, including descriptions of people and vehicles involved.

Recent poaching cases


  • Bull elk in Bonner County


  • Moose in Tripod Meadow in Unit 24
  • Cow moose and calf near Banks

Magic Valley

  • Bull moose in Unit 54
  • Two cow elk in Blaine County


  • Mule deer buck near American Falls
  • White-tailed deer in Bear Lake County

Upper Snake Region

  • Cow elk in Clark County
  • Spike elk in Unit 64
  • Young grizzly in Fremont County
  • Bull elk in Unit 66
  • Whitetail buck in Fremont County
  • Elk calf in Unit 51
  • Mule deer buck in Bonneville County
  • Adult grizzly in Fremont County
  • Cow elk in Unit 50
  • Cow elk near Howe


  • Two doe mule deer near Elk Bend

If you have any information related to these cases, call the CAP hotline at (800) 632-5999 or report online at idfg.idaho.gov/poacher.

For 2020, Remington partnered with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to increase the visibility of poaching incidents in an effort to reduce poaching nationwide.

(Photo source: Idaho Department of Fish and Game)