UPDATE @ 3:15 pm: Fish, Wildlife & Parks says that no more tips are needed at this time. FWP thanked everyone who provided information for their help in the search for the alleged trespasser.

Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks game wardens are on the search for a man who enter the Blackfoot-Clearwater Wildlife Management Area to search for antlers.

The FWP released the following statement:

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks game wardens are seeking information on the identity of a person that trespassed on the Blackfoot-Clearwater Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in mid-April, a month before it opened to the public for the season.

The trespasser was caught on camera, traveling across the main road of the WMA on foot, with two dogs and searching for shed antlers. The WMA does not open to the public until noon on May 15 as the area is important winter habitat for elk.

FWP game wardens say that wildlife crimes like this one are often solved because of leads from the public and encourage anyone with information to make a report.

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As you can see in the photo, the man has a large animal rack on his back. You can also see his two dogs he had with him as well.


Whether the man was unaware of the fact that the antler shed season wasn't open yet or not is unknown. Regardless, the FWP does have some questions for the man.

To provide information about this case or other crimes involving fish, wildlife, or parks regulations, visit myfwp.mt.gov/fwpPub/tipmont or call the FWP violation reporting hotline at 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668). Callers may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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