Montana police chief charged in moose killingsA Montana police chief has been charged with eight felony counts related to the killings of four moose on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana police chief has been charged with eight felony counts related to the killings of four moose on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.
Poplar Police Chief Chad Hilde was charged in Roosevelt County District Court on Wednesday with four counts of unlawful possession of a game animal. He also faces four counts of solicitation, which occurs when someone “commands, encourages, or facilitates the commission” of a crime.
Hilde, who could not be reached for comment, is scheduled for arraignment March 25.
Sheridan County Attorney Steven Howard said Hilde took his 14-year-old son hunting on the reservation July 4, and the boy shot four moose, including a young bull and three cows.
Capt. Mike Herman, a game warden for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, said Fort Peck Tribal Warden Bruce Bauer told him July 9 that Hilde was involved in the killings. Bauer said Hilde and his son were not members of the Fort Peck tribe.
Court documents say Bauer and Herman went to the Poplar Police Department the following day, where they were met by an officer “who immediately asked if they wanted moose burger.”
Hilde said he thought his adopted son was an associate member of the Fort Peck tribe because the boy was born on the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Indian Reservation in North Dakota, the court documents say.