Elk NetworkUtah Authorities Need Help with Elk Poaching Cases

General , Poaching | October 21, 2022

Below is a news release from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. For 2022, Fiocchi partnered with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to increase the visibility of poaching incidents in an effort to reduce poaching nationwide.

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officers are seeking information after two bull elk were recently killed and left to waste in Sevier County in central Utah.

Both bull elk were shot and killed in the Browns Hole area on Fishlake Mountain in Sevier County. Investigators believe one of the elk — a 2×3 bull elk — was shot on Oct. 8 on the opening day of the spike bull hunt. The animal was found next to a cedar tree near an open sagebrush area.

The second elk — a 5×4 bull elk — was killed sometime around Oct. 12. The animal was shot with a small caliber bullet. No attempt was made to remove the meat from either elk. It is illegal to allow protected wildlife to be wasted.

Anyone with information regarding the illegal killing of these elk, or any other wildlife-related crimes in Utah, is encouraged to report it to DWR conservation officers in one of the following ways:

  • By calling the UTiP Hotline at 800-662-3337
  • The UTDWR Law Enforcement app
  • By texting 847411
  • Online through the DWR website; however, contact with an officer may be limited with this option

If you have information about this specific case, you can also contact DWR Conservation Officer Julie Sabattis at 435-868-8003. A reward is available, and requests for confidentiality are respected.

Every year, Utah conservation officers conduct numerous investigations into the illegal killing of wildlife. In 2021, officers confirmed 1,153 animals were illegally killed valued over $610,000.

(Photo credit: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources)