Bull elk left to rot

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

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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