By Ladd Egan
Southern Utah wildlife conservation officers are investigating the poaching of two deer in Washington County.
Investigators with the Division of Wildlife Resources say the bucks were shot dangerously close to homes in New Harmony before sunrise Monday and then left to waste.
"The deer were shot, left and abandoned," said DWR Conservation Officer Josh Carver. "To risk it and to come out here and shoot one like that just shows a real lack of integrity."
Carver says the deer were on private property when they were shot around 7 a.m. and that the shooters were in a truck stopped alongside a frontage road off of Interstate 15 at Exit 42.
"The suspects actually had their rifles hanging out the window," he said. "It's just a waste of protected wildlife when we can actually get that donated to a family that needs it."
Besides wasting wildlife, Carver said the poachers could face several other charges, including: "shooting from a roadway; shooting from a vehicle; shooting within 600 feet of a home."
Nearby residents say they were startled awake by the rifle shots.
"Boom, boom, boom," said New Harmony resident Cheryl Waugh, who says the deer were shot on her property. "I was in bed and I thought I'd been shot when those three shots went off." More....