Information Sought from Public in Wasted Northern Pike Case
By Matt Schauer

Posted: January 4, 2012

State officials are looking for information about the angler or anglers who illegally discarded four northern pike at a public dumpsite in the Saco area.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Warden Dirk Paulsen said the fish, which were likely caught on New Year’s Day, ranged in size from 35 inches to 24 inches. Three of the fish, including the largest, had been speared. The other fish had been caught with a hook through the ice.

The fish were discovered at the dumpsite on Jan. 2. It is illegally to waste any part of a game fish that is deemed suitable as food. Paulsen said no edible portions of the northern pike had been removed.

“We’re hoping someone out there knows who caught these fish and then wasted them by throwing them away,” Paulsen said. “Any details that people care to share would be greatly appreciated.”

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Paulsen directly at 406-263-0620, the Phillips County Sheriff’s Office at 406-654-2350, or FWP’s TIP-MONT hotline at 1-800-847-6668. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

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