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Two bull elk shot, left to rot

VERNAL — Two big bull elk were found rotting in northeastern Utah in early October.

Someone shot a bull elk and then left it to rot in northeastern Utah.

Someone shot this bull elk and then left it to rot in northeastern Utah. Wildlife officers need your help to solve the case.

Photo by Bryan Clyde

Wildlife officers need your help to solve the cases.

Bryan Clyde, a conservation officer with the Division of Wildlife Resources, says the first bull elk was shot on or before Oct. 4. After killing the animal, the person who shot the 6 x 6 bull left the entire carcass to waste on Dyer Mountain.

"The bull elk hunts weren't even open yet," Clyde says. "The only hunts in the area were the muzzleloader deer and an antlerless (cow) elk hunt."

The second elk, another 6 x 6 bull, was shot on or before Oct. 10 on the same any-bull hunting unit.

The bull was shot after the general bull elk hunt started on Oct. 6. It was found south of the Iron Springs campground.

Both areas are about 20 miles north of Vernal.

"It's very unfortunate to find bulls this large left to waste," Clyde says. "Many hunters look forward to getting a chance at bulls like these. It's disheartening to see two big bulls shot and left to rot."

DWR officers need your help to solve the cases. If you have any information about either of these animals, please contact Clyde at 435-790-4630.

If the information you provide leads to a successful prosecution, you'll be eligible to receive a reward from the DWR.

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