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Montana FWP investigates illegal kills of deer, bull elk near Whitefish

A deer was illegally shot and its head was removed near the intersection of Twin Bridges Road and Lodgepole Road near the Stillwater River. ()Photo courtesy Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

State game wardens are investigating after a bull elk and a deer were illegally killed west of Whitefish. They need the public’s help.

Most recently, wardens responded on Wednesday to a report that a white-tailed buck had been shot and killed in a field near the Stillwater River, at the intersection of Twin Bridges and Lodgepole roads.

The deer’s head had been removed by the poacher. The remainder of the animal was left to waste.

Prior to that, on Sept. 1, game wardens responded to a report that a bull elk had been shot and killed at the north end of Farm to Market Road, near the intersection with Star Meadows Road. Some portions of the elk were taken while others were left to waste.

It’s unknown at this time if the incidents are related, but they did occur in the same general area.

On Thursday afternoon, FWP officials asked the public to help in the investigation.

“Game wardens have solved several large-scale poaching cases in this same general area in the past as a result of help from the public. We hope to achieve the same result here,” said Lee Anderson, FWP Region 1 warden captain.

Anyone with possible information is encouraged to call 1-800-TIP-MONT. Callers can remain anonymous. If the information a caller provides leads to an arrest, they could be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000.