Cow moose poached near Avon

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — State wildlife officials are seeking information on the poaching of a pregnant moose near Avon.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks warden Joe Kambic says the TIP-MONT office received a call Tuesday afternoon from some people who reported seeing a calf moose near what appeared to be an injured cow moose northeast of Avon.

By the time Kambic arrived, the cow was dead from multiple gunshot wounds from a small-caliber rifle and the calf had been scared away. A necropsy determined the moose was pregnant.

Kambic tells the Independent Record (http://bit.ly/YBegN6 ) the moose suffered because the animal was shot Monday and was still alive Tuesday afternoon.

FWP wildlife biologist Jay Kolbe notes the agency is just beginning a study of the moose population in Montana to determine why it appears to be declining.

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Information from: Independent Record, http://www.helenair.com

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