In 2022, Utah DWR officers confirmed a total of 1,283 wild animals and fish were illegally killed, valued at over $609,000
WASATCH COUNTY, Utah — Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officers are seeking information about a bull moose that was shot and left to waste last month.
The moose was killed in the Strawberry River Drainage in Wasatch County. Investigators estimate the incident took place sometime between Oct. 7-12.
“There was a bull moose hunt taking place in the area during the same timeframe the moose is believed to have been shot,” said a press release from the DWR. “However, due to the location of the wound, officers believe the animal was killed and left to waste, rather than the hunter being unable to find the animal after shooting it.”
The moose was killed by a bullet that travelled through both shoulders, rendering the animal incapable of leaving the area after the incident.
The DWR is encouraging anyone with information regarding the illegal killing of this moose, or any other wildlife-related crimes in Utah, 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
Those with information regarding this specific case can also contact DWR Officer Ethan Justinger at 385-450-0276. A reward may be available for information leading to the successful prosecution of those responsible.