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5 moose poached in 3 days in Utah

October 17, 2013 at 09:31 AM

The Associated Press


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Five moose were illegally shot dead earlier this month in northern Utah, the state Division of Wildlife Resources said Wednesday.

Investigators believe it was the work of poachers acting separately over three days in Summit and Wasatch counties.

Some of the moose were shot at close range by high-powered rifles. Witnesses watched two of the shootings but couldn't identify the hunters.

The Utah Division of Wildlife is asking the public for help solving the Oct. 5-7 shootings.

Moose hunting is closely regulated in Utah and limited to bulls. The season runs from Sept. 14 to Oct. 17 across a dozen hunting units, but none of the five moose was taken legally — one was a cow and another a calf. No tags were left with any of the moose. They were shot and left in place, said Mark Hadley, a spokesman for the Division of Wildlife Resources.

Northern Utah has around 3,000 moose, and for reasons that are under study, the population is slowly declining, he said.

The official deer hunt starts Saturday, and officials expect it to bring out more than 60,000 hunters.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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