The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is looking for information about a poacher who dumped nearly three dozen duck carcasses behind a Boise-area business.
According to a news release from the agency, last Wednesday-evening, a person driving a pickup truck dumped 19 duck carcasses and 15 partially field-dressed carcasses behind the Garden City Fred Meyer store.
The poacher dumped the carcasses shortly before 8 p.m. on Jan. 20.
According to officials, most of the ducks were mallards. In Idaho, the daily bag limit for ducks is seven.
In the video footage, it appears that the poacher’s vehicle is a “2008- to 2010-model Ford Super Duty Extra Cab, dark in color, possibly black, with a white or lighter color stripe along the running board,” the department said.
Duck Poacher Leaves Caracasses in Utah
Last November, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said a poacher threw 59 ducks and one western grebe into a dumpster in Salt Lake City, U.T. DWR officers said the poacher harvested the birds in Idaho but later dumped the carcasses in Salt Lake City.
Duck hunter and hunting guide Andrew Wallace said the act goes against all hunting ethics. “That’s just completely not acceptable,” Wallace said. “Ecologically, and for the life of the bird.”
He added that an often misunderstood part of hunting is protecting and conserving wildlife and as well as their habitats.
“The reality is if you don’t have any type of respect or conservation, and complete that ecological cycle of beneficial use to that bird, you’re not ethical,” he said.
DWR said even if hunters legally harvest an animal, allowing them to waste without using all edible portions of the animal is illegal. “There are several laws that regulate the use of the meat,” said DWR Conservation Officer Josef Laher. “In this case waste of wildlife, where the edible portions of the meat weren’t used.”
If hunters and anglers commit poaching or illegal wasting crimes, they can face fines and potentially higher penalties.
“You could possibly lose your right to hunt and fish through the state’s revocation process,” Lehr continued.
At the time of the incident, The DWR thanked the public for bringing this particular illegal dumping act to light.
“We’re thankful that the public helped us in this case and in various other cases as well,” Lehr said. “They’re our eyes and ears out there.”