Poachers Wreak Havoc in N. Idaho
(LEWISTON, ID) – Northern Idaho poachers are wreaking havoc on big game animals. State wildlife officials say poachers could be killing as many as 600 elk, 80 moose, and 1,200 deer in the Panhandle alone. Wildlife numbers in the region have plummeted due in large part to the introduction of Canadian gray wolves, but the latest estimate for poaching in the area places much of the blame on illegal hunting. Fines for poaching elk are up to $750, while the same fines for moose are as high as $10,000.