There was lots of interest at the old DWR forums about the cattle shooting incident in Strawberry Valley. Here's a copy of the press release we've sent out. I understand that at least one of the newspapers has picked up on it. In any case, the reward apparently worked and two suspects have been apprehended. A big thanks to everyone in helping to put an end to this!
Two juveniles admit guilt to shooting cattle with arrows
WASATCH COUNTY -- With help from an anonymous tip, two juveniles from Orem admitted guilt in shooting at least nine cattle with their archery equipment over a two-week period. According to DWR Conservation Officer Paul Davis, the two teens were frustrated that they hadn't harvested any deer during the archery deer hunt and shot several cattle during the first weekend of the archery deer hunt in the Clyde Creek area near Strawberry Reservoir. The teens claim to have shot more cattle about a week later and confessed to shooting at least nine total cattle with arrows. The arrows were tipped with field tips (also known as practice points) rather than the more lethal broadhead (razor) arrow points which are designed for hunting big game.
The first report of a cow with an arrow protruding from its body was received on Saturday, August 18, which was the opening day of the archery deer hunt. Five more cows with arrows were discovered the following weekend. To date, at least one cow has died from the arrow wounds.
The cattle-shooting incidents outraged archery hunters, livestock owners and the community in general. The Utah Bowman's Association, Bowhunters of Utah, Hoyt and Easton contributed reward money totaling $6,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved with the crime. Law enforcement officers for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources are continuing the investigation into the incidents.