Hunters Cited in Montana When 50 of a Large Elk Herd are Killed
Even though most of the hunters were not found in violation of laws, Montana FWP says hunting ethics and safety guidelines were not followed.
Tyler Manning of the Helena Independent Record reported on some disturbing news from Meagher County. Six people were cited after a group of roughly 100 hunters fired into a herd of elk Sunday. Meagher County is located in central Montana, county seat White Sulphur Springs.
Four hunters were cited for shooting from the road, one was cited for failure to validate a license and one was cited for using a license from another district, according to Greg Lemon with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Names of those cited were not immediately provided.
FWP says about 50 of the elk in the herd were killed. They also reported one elk remained unclaimed and two were confiscated from hunters who were cited. Those three elk were donated to a local food bank. There is evidence that other elk were injured during the incident, but they were not recovered. Authorities are unsure how many other elk might have been injured. Greg Lemon said that Montana FWP didn't write as many tickets as you might think, and that the hunters were fortunate that not more elk were injured.
The Meagher County Sheriff's department also reported that one of the people in the group died from a heart complication that was unrelated to the hunt. The incident took place on block management land and the hunters were shooting at both sides of the herd.