Friday, May 2 the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received reports of dog carcasses being dumped in Cottonwood Canyon.
The subsequent investigation revealed the carcasses to be those of coyotes.
“There was one dog, a blue heeler, that had some bite marks on it,” said Lt. Brian Andrews of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. “The rest of the carcasses were identified as coyotes that had been skinned.”
Coyote hunting is legal year round in the State of Wyoming.
According to Andrews, the carcass discovery in Cottonwood Canyon resulted in a wide range of animal cruelty rumors spreading throughout the valley.
“Rumors of dog fighting rings, injecting dogs with methamphetamine or anything like that are just rumors,” said Andrews. “We have found no evidence that such things are taking place. At this point we have no reason to believe that they are taking place.”
Anyone with information relating to instances of animal cruelty is encouraged to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 885-5231.