National Park Service seeks information about poacherNational Park Service seeks information about poacher

During the government shutdown, a poacher appears to have shot and killed a pregnant elk

The National Park Service, in conjunction with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, is seeking information about the recent poaching of a pregnant cow elk within Zion National Park.

It is estimated that the animal was killed sometime on or about Jan. 20.

The gut pile and partial hide of the elk were found in Lee Valley off Kolob Terrace Road in Zion National Park. Evidence was collected at the scene, but help from the public will play a crucial role in finding those responsible.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call or text the NPS Investigative Services Branch tip line at (888) 653-0009 or email The public can also submit tips online at and click on “Submit a Tip.”

Up to $1,500 is being offered in this case for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the violator(s).

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