MONROE — Wildlife officers from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources are investigating the dumping of four partial deer carcasses on Poverty Flat, south of Monroe.
“The deer were in an old hole that had dumped trash and tree limbs inside it,” said Brent Kasza, Sevier County conservation officer. He said the deer might have been legally taken during the hunt, but that much of the meat of the deer was left to rot.
“All of the deer appeared to have been cut and dressed at the same time,” Kasza said. “All the legs had been cut off at the same point. All appeared to be younger deer based on the size of the heads and carcasses that remained.”
Kasza said three of the carcasses still had the front shoulders attached, which isn’t an effective use of the meat.
“We really want to see them use that,” Kasza said. Kasza said if people don’t want the meat from an animal they’ve taken, it can be given away. However, wasting it is unethical and illegal, according to Kasza.
By not utilizing the front shoulders, whoever took the deer faces possible charges of wildlife wasting. Kasza said DNA samples of the deer have been taken to help in the investigation.
Anyone with information related to the deer carcasses is asked to call Kasza at (435) 979-4047.