Three hunters were cited and many more received verbal warnings after reports that dozens of hunters were firing into a herd of about 500 elk near Canyon Ferry Reservoir on the second day of the general big game hunting season.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks wardens say 30 elk were killed on Oct. 26, an unknown number were injured and a 5x5 bull was seized from one of the shooters.

Warden Sgt. Dave Loewen tells the Independent Record that Robert McCaslin and Brett Gene McMurphy of Great Falls and Kenneth Garrison of East Helena were cited for hunting big game without landowner permission. The bull elk was seized from Garrison.

Warden Justin Feddes says they issued numerous verbal warnings as well.