Decapitated deer carcasses found near Clarkston

Skeletal remains of five deer found a mile north of the Clarkston Cemetery, Saturday, March, 21,2015. The remains were found by a farmer who was burning the field.

CLARKSTON — Officers with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources are asking for the public’s help after five deer carcasses were found decapitated Saturday, a mile north of the Clarkston Cemetery.

Utah DWR conservation officer Chris Schulze said a farmer found the skeletal remains while burning a field. All four animals were missing their heads.

Officers are treating the incident as suspicious and believe the four deer were killed by poachers.

The skeletal remains were badly burned and officers have been unable to determine when and how the deer were killed. They were also unable to determine if the deer were male or female, although Shulze said they are believed to be bucks, since the animal’s heads were removed.

Schulze said anyone with information is being asked to contact Utah DWR’s poaching hot-line at 800-662-3337.

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