The fish were discovered east of the Collins Heights subdivision on June 8, 2015 and reported to South Gillette Game Warden Dustin Kirsch. During a field investigation of the rotting fish, Kirsch was able to count and identify at least 368 crappie. Crappies are classified as a game fish in Wyoming statutes. Game Warden Kirsch said, “This is the largest wanton waste of game fish I have witnessed.”
At the time of the field investigation Kirsch noted the fish most likely had been dumped three to four days earlier. There were no edible portions of the fish removed. Several of the fish were in an advanced state of decomposition and could not be identified to species.
Warden Kirsch added, “A concerned individual has offered a $500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons that are responsible for dumping these game fish.”
If anyone has information regarding this incident, please contact Game Warden Dustin Kirsch at 307 687-7157, the STOP POACHING hotline at 1-877-WGFD-TIP (1-877-943-3847) or the Sheridan Regional Office at 307 672-7418. Callers can remain anonymous.