Posted Thursday, 17 October 2013 16:21
Utah's Cooperative Wildlife Management Units (CWMUs) offer some of the most spectacular hunting opportunities in the West. Each year, wildlife officers receive calls about individuals who trespass on CWMUs (private property) and poach trophy animals. This selfish act can damage populations for years to come.
This fall, several elk have been poached on the Moon's Ranch CWMU near Hanna, Utah. One elk's head was removed and caped. Another elk had just its head removed. In both cases, the meat was left to spoil.
Officers also found another elk that appeared to have been shot on public land nearby and then died on the CWMU.
Not only do these types of activities hurt the CWMU, but they might limit public hunters' opportunities to hunt in these areas. The Moon's Ranch CWMU operator is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to the successful prosecution and conviction of the individual(s) who poached these elk.
If you have information related to the illegal killing of these animals, or any other, please contact the UTiP Hotline at 1-800-662-3337. Requests for confidentiality will be respected.