Three elk were poached recently on Little Mountain south of Rock Springs.
A cow and bull were shot and killed on Oct. 18 and a calf was crippled. All animals were left to rot. The meat on the cow and bull was not salvageable. The wounded calf was euthanized and its meat was salvaged.
Two nonresident hunters found the elk and reported it to Game and Fish.
No one approached the elk after they were shot, according to a release from the department. The Little Mountain elk area is one of the most difficult bull elk license areas in Wyoming to draw.
In October of 2012, three cow elk and one bull elk were found shot and wasted within less than five miles from this incident in Elk Hunt Area 30. The people responsible apparently shot into a herd of elk, killed a bull they wanted, and left the others to rot. They were never identified, according to a release.
Anyone with information on this or any wildlife violation may call the Stop Poaching Hotline at 1-877-WGFD-TIP. Tips may be reported to local game wardens or online at wgfd.wyo.gov.
Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $5,000 if the information leads to a conviction.