Poacher Busted For Killing Bighorn He Thought Was an Elk

A Montana poacher has been fined more than $5,000 after illegally killing a bighorn ram that he says he believed was an elk.

Harold Horine, 45, of Deer Lodge, Montana, shot and killed a mature ram in the Highland Mountains near Butte on Nov. 22, 2021. According to Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, he did not report the kill and left the meat to waste.

“A witness who observed the violation contacted FWP after finding the dead sheep abandoned,” the agency wrote in a press release issued on Dec. 22. “Game wardens interviewed Horine, who said he mistook the sheep for an elk.”

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