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ST. GEORGE — An investigation is underway into the poaching of seven deer in southern Utah, and authorities are asking the public’s help in identifying the individuals responsible for the crime.
Within about a two-week span, the seven deer were poached in three separate but similar incidents and left to waste in Kane County, according to a statement issued Wednesday by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.
The first incident, occurring at the end of October, involved four deer found poached within approximately 200 yards of each other, officials said. The deer included a doe, a fawn, a spike buck and a small, two-point buck.
Three of the four deer were shot at the base of their heads, while the fourth deer was shot in the spine, wildlife officials said, adding:
"Based on evidence at the scene, it appears that individuals were off-roading in the area, shooting deer and leaving them where they fell. None of the four deer were approached on foot, and no meat was harvested."
The second incident also occurred at the end of October, several miles southeast of the first incident, involving a four-point buck that had been found dead.