By Michael Mcfall
The deer, two of them does, were found in Summit and Iron counties.
The Utah Division of Wildlife is asking for the public’s help solving the poaching of five deer across two counties.
In Summit County, conservation officers received a tip on Nov. 9 about a poached mule deer buck near Francis, a town south of Kamas. An officer found the buck lying dead along the Lower Provo River Road, and a necropsy determined someone had shot the deer with an arrow, according to a news release.
Then on Friday, the officer received another tip about a second poached deer. He found the body of a small buck in the Canyon Trails housing development near State Route 248, which connects Park City and Kamas, according to the news release. It, too, had been shot, though investigators don’t believe it’s connected to the Francis poaching.
In Iron County, a concerned citizen called the division on Nov. 11 about two dead mule deer does in Cedar City. An officer found the does, and a third buck, near a walking trail in the foothills known as "The Dikes," according to a news release.
The three deer had been killed by an archer, or archers, and their bodies left to waste.
"All three deer were likely killed during the week of November 4–10," within the city limits, according to the release. "… These deer were killed during the rut (breeding season), at a time when deer are often less wary of people and extremely vulnerable to poaching."
Anyone with information about the poachings is asked to call 1-800-662-3337. Rewards are available and requests for confidentiality are respected.