News February 10, 2020

Authorities Search For Animal Poisoners Near Dubois

by Jackson Hole Radio News

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department are seeking information in the poisoning deaths of a bald eagle, a golden eagle, a swainson’s hawk, 14 ravens, 17 magpies, one coyote and several small mammals in the East Fork and Horse Creek drainages located in northwest Fremont County. Additionally, three pet dogs died from ingesting poison-laced baits in the area. The pet dogs were rushed to a veterinarian after they began convulsing and vomiting, but ultimately died from the poisoning. Investigating officers responded to the East Fork and Horse Creek areas in January 2018 and recovered numerous poisoned animals and poison-laced baits scattered throughout the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission’s Spence and Moriarity Wildlife Management Area, an important wintering range for thousands big game animals and other wildlife. The perpetrators of this poisoning crime have been apparently targeting coyotes, wolves, and/or grizzly bears. However, a search of the area revealed no dead wolves or bears. A monetary reward of up to $7,000 is being offered for information leading to the successful arrest and conviction of those responsible.