Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is currently investigating a poaching incident in Hyalite Canyon.
F.W.P. said they were called Saturday from someone stating there was a dead cow moose along Moser Creek Road.
They believe the moose was shot Friday night or Saturday morning.
F.W.P. wardens were able to find the dead moose by the cries of its calf nearby.
They said the calf was aggressive, protecting its mother's carcass.
Wardens had to use non-lethal rubber bullets to keep it away from its mother.
F.W.P. said the cow moose was shot twice.
"We brought the cow back to the office here and we did a quick necropsy and indicated she had been shot twice, once in the chest and once in head," said Joe Knarr, F.W.P. warden.
Knarr said this was obviously poaching.
"This is a classic example of poaching," said Knarr. "If you wanted a definition of that, this would be it. This was obviously shot out of season, without a permit and left to rot."
Moose hunting season doesn't open until September 15.
F.W.P. warden Brian Lloyd said poaching is basically stealing.
"Killing and wasting an animal like this is stealing from the people of Montana," said Lloyd. "It's selfish and we take it personally."
It is incidents like that hunters feel give them a bad name.
"Every time I think something like that happens, it reflects poorly on a lot of us hunters that don't really have anything to do with that," said Andy Hessen.
Knarr said poaching is rare, which is why it get the attention when it does happen.
"It's rather uncommon," said Knarr. "We don't see it very often. As a regional wide thing...we've seen it a couple of times over the last couple of years."
F.W.P. said the calf is healthy and is at least a year old. It is expected to survive without its mother.
Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call 800-847-6668.
Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1000.