Pregnant elk poached in Zion National Park

ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah (News4Utah) – The National Park Service and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is looking for information about the recent poaching of a pregnant cow elk in Zion National Park.

Officials estimate the animal was killed sometime on or around Saturday, January 20, 2018. It is likely there were fewer park rangers in the area during this time due to the brief federal government shutdown last week.  

Park officials say the gut pile and partial hide of the elk were found in Lee Valley off the 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 You can also submit a tip 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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