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Four headless bull moose were found in Montana, officials said. Now we're looking for a poacher

Game wardens are searching for the person responsible for poaching four bull elk and leaving their headless bodies ravaging southwest Montana.

The elk were killed close together, and the poacher took only their heads and valuable back straps, leaving the rest — likely hundreds of pounds of meat — to go to waste, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks said in a news release.

According to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, an adult bull elk generally weighs about 300 kilograms.

Hunters in Montana are required by law to harvest all four legs, fillets and backstraps of elk, according to state game wardens.

The elk bodies were found in a Ueland Ranch & ARCO Block Management Area hunting area near Anaconda, officials said. Game wardens believe they were killed sometime between Saturday, November 18th and Sunday, November 19th.

Anaconda is about 100 miles northwest of Bozeman.

Officials said poaching cases are often solved through public tips. Game officials encourage anyone with information about this case to report it online or by calling the hotline at 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668). Callers could receive a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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