Iron County, UT - On November 13, 2011 the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources received information regarding a poached mule deer buck through Iron County and Beaver County dispatch.
Officers Josh Carver and Brent Farnsworth responded to the scene, west of the Bald Hills in Iron County, where they located a large antlered buck lying dead. A necropsy was performed on the carcass and it was determined that the animal had been shot several times with a rifle. Further investigation of the area revealed a second, small two-point buck deer, that was also shot and left to waste.
The largest deer was a 27 inch wide, 6X7 buck which scored approximately 203 points.
Witnesses observed a white crew cab truck, possibly an F-250 diesel, fleeing the scene. They also observed two men dragging the deer carcass. One of the suspects was wearing a white sweatshirt and the other was wearing a grey sweatshirt. Three suspects fled in the white truck at approximately 4:30 p.m. on November 13, 2011.
The incident occurred on Black Mountain, west of SR-130. This is west of the Bald Hills in Iron County. Anyone with information regarding the illegal killing of this animal, or any other, is encouraged to contact the UTIP Hotline at 800-662-3337. The Utah Division of Wildlife and Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife will be offering a reward for information on this case or others. Requests for confidentiality are respected.
Every year Utah Conservation Officers conduct numerous investigations into the illegal killing of wildlife. In 2010, Officers confirmed 902 illegally killed animals valued at over $370,000. This incident, and others like it, represent a loss to the resource and all citizens who value wildlife.
Additional Contact Contact(s):
Officer Josh Carver
Original article from Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife.
Article Link: http://www.sfw.net/2011/11/21/two-iron-county-buck-deer-shot-and-left-to-rot/