By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Several deer have been hit by motorists in Franklin county recently and resident Idaho Fish and Game officer Korey Owens is warning people that big game animals are down in the valley seeking forage.
“Both deer and elk are in farm fields trying to find something a little green to eat. I think they moved down early this fall because things are so dry in the mountains and there is not a lot of feed in most areas in the foothills and mountains,” he said. “It’s not snow cover or extremely cold temperatures that have moved the animals down.”
Owens said those driving need to be especially careful at dawn and dusk when animals are more likely to be moving around.
“We’ve had several deer hit on the West Side. We’ve had deer hit and killed inside Preston City limits the past two or three weeks. Elk are on the move in the Treasureton, Banida and Lago areas,” he said.
Owens said he is also actively working a poaching case on the east bench of Franklin. A doe was shot and killed there on the last night of the general deer hunt, he said.
Those responsible could face charges of failing to retrieve and waste of a big game animal and hunting in a closed season.
Owens said he is also investigating the death of a bull moose. “I couldn’t tell if it was shot or died from disease because of the state of decomposition. I haven’t ruled out foul play.”
“We need help from the general public. If anyone has seen or knows anything about either of these cases they can contact me at 251-1923,” he said.
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