GARFIELD COUNTY, Oct. 30, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A bull elk was illegally shot and left to waste earlier this month in Garfield County, and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources officials are asking for the public’s help in finding the person or people responsible.
Officials believe the elk was killed sometime between Oct. 19 and 22. It was found near mile marker 50 on Highway 12, approximately 9 miles west of Escalante.
“The individuals who committed this crime most likely shot the animal from the highway and then made a U-turn to leave the area,” a DWR statement says. “This happened on the Plateau, Boulder/Kaiparowits limited-entry bull elk hunting unit, but there were no active bull elk hunts when this bull was killed.
“If you have information related to the illegal killing of this animal, or information about any other wildlife crime, please call the UTiP Hotline at 1-800-662-3337.
“Utahns value wildlife, and poaching is a serious crime. A permit or monetary reward may be available to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for killing this animal. Requests for confidentiality will be honored.