SHERIDAN — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department needs the public’s help to solve wildlife crimes. Recently, multiple hunt areas have had cases of poaching and other hunting violations. WGFD Sheridan game warden Bruce Scigliano said there were multiple violations during the first week in October in the Sheridan area. These violations included taking an animal with the wrong type of license, where a mule deer was killed under a white-tailed only license.
While the definition of poaching is interpreted differently from person to person, Scigliano said he sees it as any violation of WGFD laws.
“Besides it being wrong in itself…those regulations are designed to not only provide opportunity for the hunter but also to address management objectives,” Scigliano said.
According to a press release, two elk were killed and left in Hunt Area 31, Little Mountain, at the beginning of the month, with three more cases following around Oct. 10 in Hunt Areas 30 and 31.
WGFD Green River wildlife supervisor Todd Graham said the first two elk could have been killed legally and left, as one elk was field dressed.
“Which makes us think, if they took the time to field dress it, drive down to it and try to get it out, it was probably killed legally,” Graham said. “Just for whatever reason they couldn’t get it out.”
Since the three later cases were found close to the road, Graham said it appeared as though they were killed and intentionally left. According to the press release, the three elk were within 6 miles of each other.
WGFD public outreach specialist Sara DiRienzo said WGFD has many open poaching cases, including two mule deer cases outside of Casper.
While the number of cases this year is about even with previous years, Graham said five elk killed and left in the first weeks of the season is high.
WGFD officials encourage hunters to review regulations closely and to contact game wardens if they have any questions. He said hunters can also contact the regional office to get questions answered.
WGFD depends on the public to help solve wildlife crimes and encourages the members of the public to report poaching cases or to contact WGFD with information on open cases.
There are multiple ways to report, including a toll-free tip line (1-877-943-2847), through the WGFD website, by texting 847-411 with the keyword WGD and through an Android phone app.
Tips can be reported anonymously, but in some cases if a tip leads to a conviction, it could lead to a reward for the person who submitted the tip.