PETITION TARGET: Idaho Department of Fish and Game
A mother grizzly shot and killed by poachers lay partially submerged in Idaho’s Little Warm River while her six-to-eight-week-old cub, unable to fend for himself, died scared and alone in her den.
Idaho Fish and Game officials found the female bear’s slain corpse, with multiple gunshot wounds, after receiving a signal from her tracking collar that she had died.
It is illegal to hunt grizzly bears in Idaho, where they are protected by both state and federal law as a threatened species. The loss of a mama is especially tragic for the recovering population, said Regional Conservation Officer Doug Peterson in a statement.
This is the third grizzly poaching incident in Fremont County, Idaho, since last fall. All three cases remain unsolved as authorities appeal to the public for help identifying suspects.
Whoever illegally poached this innocent mother — whose young cub also died due to the individual’s recklessness — must answer for their crimes.
Sign this petition urging the Idaho Department of Fish and Game use all available resources to find the perpetrator(s) in this heartbreaking case.
This is an ongoing case. Anyone with information about any of the three recent grizzly poaching incidents is urged to contact Fish and Game’s Upper Snake Region office at 208-525-7290 or Citizens Against Poaching at 1-800-632-5999, or to report their tip online. There is a reward of up to $40,000 for information solving the case.