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Bull Elk Left to Rot in Utah

February 26, 2009.

From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources:

A five-point bull elk was shot, hidden and left to rot in the Book Cliffs in east central Utah recently.

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Now wildlife officers are looking for help to solve the case.

"On Feb. 1, I responded to a call from our poaching hotline," says Clint Sampson, a Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officer.

The caller said they [were in the Book Cliffs and] noticed a flock of crows and a bald eagle feeding on something. When they got closer, they discovered the birds were eating an elk carcass buried under a pile of old tree limbs.

That's when the caller called Utah's Turn In a Poacher hotline at 1-800-662-DEER (3337).

"The dead bull, a five point, was shot and then hidden under some old tree limbs," Sampson says. "We found the elk on McCook Ridge, about half a mile south of the junction of the McCook Ridge and Indian Ridge roads. No meat was taken. The bull was just shot and left for the scavengers."

The elk was shot about a month ago. If you know anything about this shooting, please call the DWR's Northeastern Region office at (435) 781-9453.


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