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Antelope poached south of Augusta

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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is trying to get information about an antelope that was shot about seven miles south of Augusta near the Rocky Mountain Front.

The buck antelope was shot sometime between the afternoon of July 14 and the morning of July 15 on private land along Elk Creek Road.

FWP is asking anyone with information on the incident to call 1-800-TIPMONT or Game Warden Brady Murphy at 406-781-0244.

Callers are kept confidential and rewards of up to $1,000 are possible.

You can also report the information online by clicking here.

On its website, FWP provides the following information about poaching:

Poaching is the illegal killing of fish or wildlife. It can include illegal killing of fish or wildlife:
- for commercial trade
- for ego gratification
- in closed areas, during closed times, or taking more than the law allows

- reduce recreational opportunities for law abiding anglers, hunters, wildlife watchers, and other outdoor enthusiasts
- kill and waste Montana game animals, threatened and endangered species, and even nongame animals
- target Montana's fish and wildlife resource for personal profit

Poaching robs law abiding hunters of game and fish, businesses and taxpayers of revenues generated by hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing recreation, and it denies many other Montanans the ability to enjoy seeing healthy, mature fish and wildlife populations.

No one knows for sure, but officials suspect the poachers' kill is significant and that the problem is widespread. Poachers do not confine their killing only to game animals. Poachers also kill and waste threatened, endangered, and nongame wildlife. In just one recent Montana case, a poaching ring in operation from 1990-2002 killed more than a hundred of trophy-class game animals, including elk, deer, moose, bear, and antelope.

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