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October 02, 2017

Game Wardens Seek Tips on Moose Poaching Case in Westmore

Vermont state game wardens are seeking tips to help solve a case of a moose that was poached in Westmore. The cow moose was shot from the road out of season and at night on Saturday, September 23. Vermont's regulated moose hunting seasons are in October, and are limited to a small number of hunting permits that are allocated through a lottery system.

After poachers shot the moose, they dragged the animal on the road behind their truck over 11 miles to the town of Orleans. The animal was left to rot in the 80-degree heat by the side of Hollow Road off Route 58 in Orleans. The cow moose was lactating, indicating she likely had a calf with her.

Members of the public with information about the incident should notify Operation Game Thief at 1-800-75ALERT (1-800-752-5378) or online at Operation Game Thief pays rewards to members of the public who identify poachers.

"These poachers demonstrated tremendous disrespect for the law and for this moose," said Col. Jason Batchelder, Vermont's chief game warden. "We're asking for anyone with information about this incident to come forward so that we can hold the people that did this accountable."

Media Contacts: Col. Jason Batchelder, 802-828-1454; Lt. Dave Gregory, 802-535-7284

Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Last Updated at: October 02, 2017 11:10:44