Poaching Investigation Near Hyattville

GTNP-ElkThe Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking information on the poaching of multiple elk in Hunt Area 41 north of Hyattville.

Greybull Game Warden Bill Robertson said that a report from a concerned hunter first alerted him of the incident.  “Upon investigation, six dead elk were found in the Spiney Point area of Trapper Canyon that were shot with a high caliber weapon and left to waste,” Robertson said. “We believe the elk were shot and left Nov. 27, the day after Thanksgiving.”

“Four dead elk were found within yards of each other near the access road that leads from the Dry Fork of Trapper Creek to Spiney Point and two additional elk were found approximately 300 yards away,” Robertson said.  “Evidence observed in the snow indicated that several other elk were killed but had been removed from the area by the use of all terrain vehicles.  One elk was drug to the road and passed within 15 yards of one of the abandoned elk.”

Robertson believes this to be an incidence of poor decision making.  “I think there were many hunters at the scene as they approached the elk and perhaps low lying clouds obscured their vision.  The shooters did not follow through by checking to see what had been hit but instead picked out another target and pulled the trigger on it as well,” Robertson said.

“To have that many elk shot and left for whatever reason is reprehensible and does not represent the ethics of true sportsmen,” Robertson said.

Anyone with possible information regarding this incident, or who was in the area and may have noted suspicious vehicles or activities, is encouraged to call Greybull Game Warden Bill Robertson at 307-765-2163 or the STOP POACHING hotline at 1-877-WGFD-TIP (1-877-943-3847). Callers may remain anonymous and any information leading to the arrest and conviction may result in a reward of up to $5,000.

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