As of Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Several recent poaching cases are catching the attention of Facebook users who follow the Citizens Against Poaching page; a trophy mule deer shot before rifle season in Caribou County, two five-point bull elk shot out of season in Owyhee County, five mule deer with backstraps removed, left to waste in Homedale. The list goes on.
Some of these cases are stirring a great deal of emotion in wildlife lovers who are angry about these crimes. While social media allows Citizens Against Poaching to expose these cases more effectively, this is not necessarily a sign of an increase in poaching.
“With millions of acres of habitat here in Idaho, along with abundant wildlife, people who choose to steal fish and wildlife from the people of Idaho have plenty of opportunity,” said assistant chief of enforcement Chris Wright. “Poaching has been a problem here from the day our agency was created 75 years ago. In the 21st century we hope tools like social media might actually help reduce poaching incidents.”
Citizens Against Poaching offers cash rewards to callers who provide information leading to the citation of suspected poachers. Callers may collect a reward while remaining anonymous.
Anyone with information about a poaching case is encouraged to call the CAP hotline at 1-800-632-5999.