By Roxeanne Vainuku
A rash of moose killings has Utah's Division of Wildlife officers looking for answers several of the animals turned up dead, shot by someone and just left behind.
Poachers killed five moose in Summit and Wasatch Counties. Two Bull-moose, a cow moose and a mother and her calf. Only a couple of the cases in Summit County provided any clues. Wildlife officers say in one case, witnesses spotted a man hunting with a teenager. The witnesses say the adult shot the moose, went over and inspected it, then took off. In another case, witnesses saw a white or light colored SUV speed away from the area where a Bull-moose had been shot. The elk hunt is going on right now, but DWR officers say it's difficult to mistake the two animals. Officers say moose populations across the country are already suffering. It's for this reason Utah rarely allows anyone to hunt female moose. Wildlife managers say the loss of the two female moose can be devastating to the animal's population.
Wildlife officers hope the public can help solve these cases. They're asking anyone who may have a tip to call 1-800-662-3337. Video.