The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) are seeking information on a grizzly bear that was illegally killed on the Shoshone National Forest west of Cody. According to North Cody Game Warden, Travis Crane, a group of people horseback riding on the Pahaska Trail discovered and reported the dead bear early last week.
“A dead grizzly bear was found shot about 20 yards off the main trail, just past Sam Berry Meadows on the Pahaska Trail,” Crane said. “We think the bear was shot between May 1 and May 4.”
Crane indicated that the recent opening of the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park led to increased traffic on the Northfork during that time, and is asking anyone that noted suspicious persons or activities to relay that information to the WGFD.
“We are specifically looking for information about vehicles parked either by the bridge off Highway 14-16-20 near Pahaska Teepee Lodge or the Pahaska Trailhead on the Shoshone National Forest,” Crane said.
Anyone with possible information regarding this incident, or who was in the area and may have noted vehicles or activities is encouraged to call North Cody Game Warden, Travis Crane, at 307-587-4304, or the STOP POACHING hotline at 1-877-WGFD-TIP (1-877-943-3847). Callers may remain anonymous and any information leading to the arrest and conviction may result in a reward of up to $5,000.