Bull elk beheaded and left to rot by archery hunter

WYOMING – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying the person or persons responsible for killing and removing the head of a bull elk in the Bighorn Mountains, and leaving all edible portions of the animal to waste.

The headless carcass was reported to Lovell Game Warden Dillon Herman on September 27 by a concerned hunter. It was located south of Porcupine Creek and east of Long Park in Elk Hunt Area 39. Upon investigation, Herman determined the elk was killed by an arrow, likely between Sept. 22 and 24. The head had been removed from the carcass and skinned, with just the skull and antlers removed from the field.

“Leaving an animal to waste and taking the head is one of the more egregious violations we see and shows a blatant disregard and disrespect for wildlife,” Herman said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to report it to Warden Herman at 307-899-1266 or by calling the Stop Poaching Hotline at 1-877-WGFD-TIP. Callers can choose to remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward if the information leads to a conviction.

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