News Release

August 7, 2012

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Investigates Illegal Poisoning of Bald Eagles and Gray Wolves

Media Contacts:
Rick Branzell, (406) 329-3000

The US Fish and Wildlife Service, in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service and the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, is investigating the deaths of four wolves and six eagles in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area in Montana.  The wolves and eagles were found in the vicinity of the Big Prairie Ranger Station in early May of this year. Recent lab results have confirmed that the wolves and eagles died as a result of poisoning.  The US Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a $2500 reward for information that leads to the conviction of the person(s) responsible for the death of the wolves and eagles.

To provide information, please contact: Rick Branzell, Special Agent, US Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement, in Missoula, MT at (406) 329-3000 or call the State of Montana's wildlife crime Hotline at (800 )-TIP-MONT (847-6668).