With help from the public, game wardens have identified and interviewed suspects and are pursuing charges in a mule deer slaughter in McCone County discovered Sunday.
Eight mule deer were found dead from shotgun blasts that used ammunition typically used for birds. The deer were discovered by a county resident along a two-mile stretch of road 528. One fawn, which was still alive, had to be killed by a warden.
Wardens are now working with the McCone County attorney, and charges are pending, according to a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks press release.
“Our job is not to prosecute the case; our job is to present the evidence and details of fish and wildlife crimes to the proper county attorney for prosecution,” said Region 6 warden captain Ron Howell. “Ultimately, it will be up to the McCone County Justice Court to determine the outcome.”
Warden Todd Tryan thanked the public for phoning in to provide information. He is working with the TIP-MONT program to determine reward possibilities for individuals who came forward with key information.
The 1-800-TIP-MONT program is a toll-free number where individuals can report violations of fish, wildlife or park regulations. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 for providing information that leads to a conviction.
Region 6 wardens also thanked the public for their phone calls, comments and Facebook shares, along with the media for helping to spread the word.