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Mountain Goat Poacher Sought in Utah

September 12, 2008.

From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources:

Someone killed a mountain goat on the Tushar Mountains recently and then left the animal to rot.

Division of Wildlife Resources photo.

Now the Division of Wildlife Resources needs your help to arrest the person who killed the goat.

Someone with a rifle

The goat was discovered by an archery hunter on Sept. 3, but he didn't report it to the DWR until Sept 8. The goat had been dead for a couple of days when the archery hunter discovered it, so it probably died around Labor Day weekend.

The hunter found the mountain goat under the ledges on the west side of Mount Holly. This is a remote area in steep, rocky terrain. It's an area that's accessible only by foot or on horseback.

DWR officers investigated on Sept. 9. They determined the goat had been shot with a large-caliber rifle. No rifle hunting seasons are in progress on the Tushar Mountains.

The goat was a medium-sized billy (a male goat). The bullet passed through its spine, so the goat could not have moved far after it was shot. The carcass was essentially intact, other than natural decay, so the shooter apparently had no intention of using the animal.

"We hope someone may have seen the person who committed this senseless act," says Lynn Chamberlain, DWR regional conservation outreach manager. "The person may have been on foot or on horseback, but he or she would have been carrying a rifle at a time when no rifle seasons are being held in the area."

Chamberlain says the archery deer and archery spike elk hunts were in progress, so anyone carrying a rifle would have been noticeable.

"The main access points to Mount Holly are from Big John's Flat or the head of Lake Stream, near Puffer Lake," he says. "These areas are popular with hunters and off-road vehicle riders.

"If anyone knows anything about this incident, or noticed any suspicious activity or a suspicious vehicle in the area around Labor Day weekend, please call the Division of Wildlife Resources."

A reward is being offered to anyone who gives information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing the goat.

If you have information, please call Utah's Turn-In-a-Poacher hotline at 1-800-662-DEER (3337).

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