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South Dakota Moose Poaching Investigation Continues
October 20, 2009.
From South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks:
As the investigation into the poaching of a young bull moose in the Black Hills continues, South Dakota's citizens are expressing concern over the incident; not just in the blogs, but also putting their money where their mouths are.
Turn In Poachers Coordinator Charlie Wharton says donations and pledges of several thousand dollars have been offered toward a reward for the identification and arrest of the violators.
The reward that began with a $1,000 pledge from the TIPs board of directors has more than doubled and continues to grow. Individuals, businesses and conservation groups are teaming up to bring the criminals to justice.
While conservation officers are working the case, South Dakota's citizens are doing their part by not only giving money but also expressing dismay at the act. Wharton says people are vocally supporting the investigation with e-mail messages to law enforcement and scribbled notes on the memo lines of checks.
With the reward approaching several thousand dollars, there is hope that someone has evidence that can bring the violator to justice, says Mike Kintigh, Game Fish and Parks Regional Supervisor for western South Dakota.
"We can have thousands of dollars at our disposal, but until that person who has information about the crime comes forward we can't take the next step in the case," he says. "It's wonderful that people care enough about their natural resources to give money; but a reward without information won't catch the criminals."
Anyone with information in the case can contact South Dakota's Game, Fish, and Parks' Regional Office in Rapid City by calling 605-394-6837. Those wishing to remain anonymous can submit information through the Turn In Poacher's Hotline at 1-888-OVERBAG (1-888-683-7224) or through a Web-based TIPs line at https://www.sdgfp.info/Wildlife/TIPS/AnonRepo.htm
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