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PIUTE COUNTY — Conservation officers with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources are seeking help from the public for information about a poached bull elk in Piute County.
On October 9, 2013, conservation officers were called to the Durkee Springs area on the Monroe Mountain limited entry elk management unit, east of Marysvale. Officers found a 5X6 bull elk that had been shot several times and left to rot. At the time the elk was killed, the general season spike elk, and a cow elk hunt were in season. This elk was illegally taken as there were no limited entry hunts in season at the time.
Reports from witnesses stated that two individuals in a white four-door Chevy truck shot the elk, and one of the individuals walked up to the elk, and then drove away.
If you were in this area hunting on the evening of October 7, or know any additional details about this incident, officers urge you to call the Utah Turn in a Poacher hotline at 1-800-662-3337. Monetary rewards or reward permits are available to individuals who can offer information that leads to a successful prosecution. Requests for confidentiality will be respected.
If you witness incidences like this while you're in the field, please make your best attempt to gather vital information for officers. A license plate number, vehicle characteristics, number of people involved and physical description of those individuals are pertinent details that will help officers.