A cow moose was found dead February 19 after officials received tips about a calf following an injured mother. The cruel killing orphaned the calf, which was spooked when officials tried to approach. Even worse, the cow had been bred and would have given birth again this spring.
Two 15-year-old boys were charged with taking a moose during closed hunting season. Their names have not been released because they are juveniles, but they are set to be tried in Powell County Justice Court on March 15. If convicted the boys could have their hunting and trapping licenses suspended for two years and face fines of $735 each.
“Moose are one of those iconic animals that everybody likes and people hated to see this happen," said Joe Kambic, a game warden for the MT Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.