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Washington men stripped of hunting privileges and fined for illegally shooting Montana elk


HELENA, Montana — Five Washington state men have been stripped of hunting privileges in Montana for five years and ordered to pay $41,000 in fines and restitution for illegally shooting elk.

The case stemmed from a yearlong, two-state poaching investigation by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks into six bull elk shot on private land in a closed hunting district on the Rocky Mountain Front. Five of the elk were trophy size.

Washington Fish and Wildlife Department police assisted in the investigation.

The Great Falls Tribune reports ( ) that the elk shootings occurred in 2010, 2011 and 2013.

Montana game officials described it as a scheme to shoot trophy elk and get them out of the state secretly.

Information from: Great Falls Tribune,

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