Vermont community rallies around moose poaching incident, raises funds for reward
WESTMORE, Vt. — A Go Fund Me campaign has been started to raise reward money for an unsolved moose poaching case that took place in September in Vermont.
A cow moose was shot from the road out of season and at night on Sept. 23. Vermont’s regulated moose hunting seasons are in October and are limited to a small number of hunting permits that are allocated through a lottery system.
After the moose was shot in Westmore, it was attached to a vehicle and dragged on the road more than 11 miles to the town of Orleans. The animal was left by the side of Hollow Road off Route 58 in Orleans. The cow moose was lactating, indicating that she likely had a calf with her.
The fundraising campaign is available at www.gofundme.com/moose-poacher-reward.
“This action was particularly heinous, so I can understand why people are outraged,” said Col. Jason Batchelder, Vermont’s chief game warden. “The fact that people are giving to this campaign shows that Vermonters will not stand for poaching in our state.”
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to notify Operation Game Thief at 1-800-75ALERT (1-800-752-5378) or online at www.vtfishandwildlife.com. Operation Game Thief also pays rewards to those who identify poachers.
“These poachers demonstrated tremendous disrespect for the law and for this moose,” said Batchelder. “We’re asking for anyone with information about this incident to come forward so that we can hold the people who did this accountable.”