A recent case of an elk that was shot and abandoned on state land near Buford has been solved.
A Cheyenne man confessed to abandoning all four quarters of a bull elk when he become disoriented and got lost after shooting the animal in early October. After field dressing and quartering the elk he attempted to pack out the head, intending to return for the meat, but he got lost trying to find his way back to his vehicle. He later dropped the elk’s head in the forest as he struggled to find his way to safety. He eventually arrived home safely but neglected to return and retrieve the meat. Abandoning game meat is a crime.
North Laramie Game Warden Kelly Todd said he appreciates that the hunter turned himself in. “This individual probably would not have come forward if he had not read a news article about the case. He was cited for abandoning game meat, but he did the right thing by confessing,” Warden Todd said.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department often relies on help from the public to solve wildlife crimes. Please report suspicious activities you may witness while hunting or fishing. Anyone with information on any wildlife crime can call the Stop Poaching Tip Line at 1-877-WGFD-TIP (1-877-943-3847). Tips may also be reported online at http://wgfd.wyo.gov; click on the Stop Poaching logo. Informants may choose to remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward if a tip leads to a conviction.