The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says poachers have killed at least four elk and four pronghorn in southern Wyoming over the past month.
On Oct. 18, a cow and bull elk south of Rock Springs were shot and the meat was left to rot. A shooter also wounded an elk calf that was euthanized.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/16vXnwf ) two nonresident hunters reported finding the elk.
On Oct. 4, somebody found a dead elk just north of Buford in southeast Wyoming. Game and Fish says the head and back straps were removed but the rest of the elk remained.
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports the Sept. 20 discovery of four dead antelope north of Laramie also has prompted an investigation.
Only the animals' heads and back straps were removed.