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Poached elk found in Sevier County

This headless elk was found outside of hunting season on the Monroe Mountain elk management unit.


On Oct. 28, 2013, officers with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources received a call from a concerned citizen who found a dead bull elk. When officers responded to the scene, they found a bull elk that had been killed. Only its head had been taken.

Judging by the size of the carcass, officers believe it was a mature bull elk.

The bull was found in the Saul's Meadow area east of Richfield, on the Monroe Mountain elk management unit. The Monroe Mountain unit is managed as a limited-entry unit that holds several large bulls. Officers believe the elk was killed and the antlers removed because of their size.

There were no authorized elk hunts in the area on Oct. 28. This elk was taken illegally.

Officers need your help finding the individual(s) responsible for illegally killing (and removing the antlers from) this elk. If you know anything about this incident, or any other wildlife crimes, please contact UDWR officers by calling the poaching hotline at 1-800-662-3337. Rewards are available to individuals who can offer information that leads to a successful prosecution. Requests for confidentiality will be respected.

  • Joshua Pollock
  • Additional contact:
    Lieutenant Scott Dalebout

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