A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for an illegal moose killing in the North Country.
According to New Hampshire Fish and Game, the incident happened on October 20th at Sugarloaf Pond in Stratford. The moose was shot once in the chest and then again at close range in the head. None of the animal was harvested.
Wayne Saunders is with New Hampshire Operation Game Thief. The non-profit partners with Fish and Game to offer rewards for tips on poaching violators. They announced the $1,000 reward on Wednesday in an attempt to generate leads in the case.
“I think a lot of us would like to know why would you just shoot a moose and leave it. It’s senseless. It doesn’t make sense to anybody. What drives a person just to shoot something and leave that?”
Saunders adds that moose poaching is particularly frustrating because the state's moose population is already on the decline.
“It takes on a whole new significance when your population is dropping, on how important it is, when you have an animal poached, to find those people and to prosecute them.”
If apprehended the person responsible could face fines of up to several thousand dollars.