Elk NetworkHelp Sought in Utah Elk Poaching Case

General , Poaching | April 8, 2024

Below is part of a
news release from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. For 2024-2025, Fiocchi partnered with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to increase the visibility of poaching incidents in an effort to reduce poaching.

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officers are seeking information in a case where someone left a cow elk to waste in Emery County earlier this year.

DWR conservation officers received a report on Feb. 10 of a dead cow elk that had been discarded in an area between the power plant and the solar fields near Huntington in Emery County. The elk had been skinned and quartered, but none of the meat was harvested except for the backstraps. The rest of the meat had been left to waste.

There was a cow elk hunt that went until Jan. 31, so it is possible the elk was legally harvested during that hunt. However, the meat had been left to waste, which is illegal.

Anyone with information regarding the illegal killing of this elk or any other wildlife-related crimes in Utah, is encouraged to report it to DWR conservation officers in one of the following ways:

  • By calling the UTiP Hotline at 800-662-3337
  • The UTDWR Law Enforcement app
  • By texting 847411
  • Online through the DWR website; however, contact with an officer may be limited with this option

(Photo credit: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources)