Collared Elk shot and Left to Waste

Wyoming Game and Fish Department are asking for any information about a cow elk that was killed in Elk Hunt Area 31, Little Mountain, between October 4 and October 6. This was collared elk  and was part of D.E.E.R Project going on in the area.

According to Sweetwater Now, the game warden assigned to the case believes that whoever shot the elk may have though they broke the law by shooting a collared animal. Shooting a collared animal is not illegal, but it is a wildlife violation to leave any game animal to waste.

Game and Fish asks that if you harvest a radio collared animal try to remove the collar intact. Radio collars are expensive and hold important data on that animal’s movements.

Cutting the band can damage electronic components and the collar must then be repaired before it can be put on another animal. Once the collar is removed Game and Fish requests that the person in possession of the collar call and arrange its return to any Game and Fish Regional Office or Game and Fish employee.

If you did shoot the collared elk or know who did do the right thing and go to the authorities.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department are also investigating another incident in the same area. Someone shot a 6 point bull field dressed it and attempted to drag it out. It appears they gave up on the elk and abandoned the animal leaving it to rot.

If you have any information on either of these two cases please contact the Stop Poaching Hotline at 1-877-WGFD-TIP (1-877-943-3847).

Tips may also be reported online at wgfd.wyo.gov, directly to game warden Gary Boyd at 307-875-3325, or by calling the Green River Game and Fish Office at- 1-307-875-3223.

To read the complete press release click HERE