Two people have been arrested in connection to the killing of 25 antelope near Broadwater in Morrill County.
Taylor Mueller, 24, and Brent Hoerler, 21, confessed to the killings after an anonymous tip pointed the investigation to them.
During the week of November 12, Game and Parks received reports of dead antelope in a winter wheat field northeast of Broadwater. Conservation officers investigated.
They found 25 adult and fawn antelope that were shot and left in the field. Some of the animals were dragged off the field and hidden in tall grass.
“Individuals involved with this crime have blatant disregard for wildlife and wildlife laws,” said Sean McKeehan, a conservation officer investigating the case.
Morrill County Attorney Travis Rodak said both men could now face charges including hunting out of season, spotlighting, and wanton waste, with charges for each animal.
If convicted punishment could include $1,000-$5,000 fines per animal, loss of their hunting and fishing licenses, loss of the firearms they used, and additional penalties that could include jail time and more fines.
Mueller has bonded out of jail and will be in court again on December 16. Hoerler has not yet bonded out. If he does not, he will in court on December 2. If he also bonds out, he will also appear on December 16.