Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officers are investigating the illegal killing and waste of a mature 6×7 buck deer.

The deer was found east of Holden, in the Maple Hollow area of Millard County.

DWR officials said the animal was killed a high-powered rifle and then left to waste just off the side of the road.

Investigators believe the buck was killed in mid-November when there were no open hunts in the area.

Because of its size, the buck is legally defined as a trophy animal in the state of Utah with a minimum restitution value of $8,000.

Conservation officers are asking the public for help identifying the individual(s) responsible for the illegal killing and waste of the animal.

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