Protected Squirrels, Chipmunks Slaughtered in South East Idaho

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Killed pine squirrels, chipmunks and forest grouse were discovered west of Montpelier.
  • Idaho Fish and Game
  • Killed pine squirrels, chipmunks and forest grouse were discovered west of Montpelier.

Idaho Fish and Game is investigating what it calls a mass killing of squirrels in Southeast Idaho, where the animals were displayed "like trophies," according to Fish and Game officials.

The Idaho State Journal reports that at least 20 pine squirrels, eight chipmunks and at least three forest grouse were discovered at an archery range and camping area off of Highway 36 west of Montpelier. The bodies were lined up near the Midland Trail Bridge in the Cache National Forest.

Pine squirrels and chipmunks are protected non-game animals, making it illegal to shoot them at any time.

The Journal reports that Fish and Game authorities said evidence at the scene indicates that "it is likely that the responsible individuals were camped at a motorized vehicle trailhead visible from Highway 36."

Tipsters may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward. The Citizens Against Poaching hotline is 1-800-632-5999.

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