Third poaching of moose in 3 years reported in Nevada
JARBIDGE, Nev. (AP) — Nevada game wardens are investigating the illegal killing of a moose near the Nevada-Idaho line — the third poaching of a moose in Nevada over the last three years.
State wildlife officials said Tuesday a citizen discovered the carcass Dec. 25 about 20 miles southeast of Jarbidge.
Operation Game Thief is offering a $1,000 reward.
Game warden Fred Esparza says the moose was killed in a visible area near O’Neil Basin Road and the Sun Creek access road so it’s possible someone saw a hunter or an ATV nearby.
He says the moose killed earlier were shot by hunters who thought they were elk and self-reported the incidents. But this time, the animal’s head had been cut off and a large portion of meat taken.
State wildlife officials estimate there’s between 25 and 40 moose now living in Nevada.