The Utah DWR is looking for information regarding a buck mule deer that was poached in northern Utah. Citizens in the area found the deer the day before Thanksgiving, on Nov. 24th. On Nov. 26th the Utah DWR was notified of the deer. As a result, wildlife officials responded to the scene.

Wildlife officials found the body of the deer had been dumped off I-80 at the Wahsatch Exit. This area is in Northern Utah only 5 miles from the Wyoming – Utah state line. The deer’s bound was found on private property and was partially covered by some metal sheeting.

During the investigation, officers found that the deer had been shot with a rifle. At that point, the perpetrator removed just the head from the buck. The rest of the animal was left to waste. Officers believe that the metal sheeting was used in an attempt to cover the body of the deer so that no one would find it.

After speaking with locals in the area, officers found that a large buck deer had been seen recently. However, the officers have not yet confirmed if it is the same animal.

The DWR is asking anyone that spends time in northern Utah, that may have seen something, to come forward with their information. Individuals can report wildlife crimes to DWR conservation officers in one of the following ways:

  • By downloading the UTDWR Law Enforcement app.
  • You can call the UTiP Hotline at 800-662-3337.
  • By texting information to 847411.
  • Or Online through the DWR website. Click here to be transferred to their website.

Likewise, you can call Officer Brandon Olson directly at 801-541-3906.

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