Multiple sources pledge big money for info leading to conviction of bear poacher.
Outrage over the poaching of a grizzly bear in Idaho has led to over $15,000 in reward money now being offered for information leading to the arrest of the poacher or poachers responsible.
The dead grizzly was originally found in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest last weekend. By the time the bear was found and examined by Idaho Fish and Game officials, it had already been dead a few weeks.
The discovery was made by a citizen near the East Dry Creek on Yale-Kilgore in Island Park. It was determined the bear did not die from natural causes. Grizzlies are endangered in the area. The young dead bear was found in a designated bear recovery area known as the Selway-Bitterroot.
And the poaching of the bear has upset more than just Idaho Game and Fish officials. "The illegal killing of any wildlife is appalling," said Andrea Santarsiere, staff attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity in a press release. "But this particular incident is even more tragic because this bear was killed in the heart of a wildlife corridor connecting central Idaho and Yellowstone, which is important to ensure the recovery of sustainable bear populations in both areas."
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a $5,000 reward for information, but now the service is being joined by The Center for Biological Diversity, which has offered up $5,000 of its own. The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust is also offering $5,000 and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is offering up $600 for information in the case.
This means a total of $15,600 is available for anyone able to help officials catch a bear poacher. Anyone with information in the case can report to the Idaho Fish and Game at their anti-poaching hotline at 1-800-632-5999.
Idaho Fish and Game also has a form on their website where information can be submitted anonymously.