HUNTING/FISHING — Poaching is a live and well in the region's mountains and streams, and state fish and wildlife officers in Washington and Idaho are looking for help making cases. Two in particular include:
Entiat bucks: A $2,000 reward is being offered by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for substantial information leading to charges filed against the person(s) involved in poaching trophy class deer.
Two mule deer bucks were shot from Mud Creek Road in the Entiat Valley during the first two weeks of January 2014. The poacher(s) attempted to hide the deer, leaving the antlers and meat to waste (though they likely planned to return later to retrieve the antlers).
- Contact Officer Oswald, (509) 630.0536, or email email@example.com. All reports will be confidential and the reporting party's identity will be protected.
Clearwater steelhead: On Friday, Feb. 28, poachers left their mark at the Ahsahka boat ramp on the North Fork of the Clearwater River, according to Idaho Fish and Game oficials.
A call to the Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) hotline led an Idaho Fish and Game officer to the scene where six steelhead had been left to waste. Six female fish were all over the 28 inch length limit and one still had an adipose fin indicating it was most likely a wild fish. All fish had been gutted and thrown alongside the boat ramp near the water’s edge. The persons reporting the crime said they had been fishing earlier in the day at that same location and the fish were not there. They returned to go fishing in the afternoon and found the fish that had been left to waste.
One of the people reporting the crime stated, “Those fish could have feed my family for quite a while… but instead someone saw it fit to catch and kill illegal fish and then waste the meat.” Someone knows who did this. It was likely more than one person. Without the help of a responsible honest person, these dishonest violators will get away with stealing the wildlife resource that belongs to the people of Idaho.
- Contact CAP hotline, (800) 632-5999 or Officer Dave Beaver, (208) 791-5118. Anyone providing information can remain anonymous.