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 two separate cases where a cow elk and 18 Canada geese were killed and left to waste in Emery County earlier this year.

In the first incident, 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.

Multiple wasted geese lying in the bed of a pickup truck near Huntington, Utah

In the second incident, officers received multiple reports of dead geese that were found dumped in various locations near Lawrence and Huntington in Emery County. Some of the geese were located on the ground and some were found hanging on fences and trees. Most of the geese had the majority of their breast feathers plucked, exposing their bellies, but none of the meat had been harvested. Eighteen geese in total were found.

Officers believe the geese were harvested during the 2023–24 waterfowl hunting season, but then were illegally wasted.

(Photo credit: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources)

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