Park City driver hits deer, leaving animal ‘dragging itself’ across road |

Park City driver hits deer, leaving animal ‘dragging itself’ across road

The Park City Police Department last week received a series of reports involving wildlife or farm animals, including what was described as a sighting of numerous elk.

The Police Department regularly receives calls about wildlife sightings. Deer are plentiful in the Park City area while elk and moose are seen less frequently.

In one of the cases last week, on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 9:52 p.m., the police received a report from someone claiming they saw upward of 100 elk in a field off Kearns Boulevard close to Treasure Mountain Junior High. The police were told a truck drove down a nearby dirt road shining lights. The Police Department indicated the circumstances were suspicious.

A police report of a sighting of a herd of 100 animals is rare in Park City regardless of the species.

A driver, meanwhile, hit a deer on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 5:51 p.m. on S.R. 248. The animal was seen “dragging itself across the road” afterward, the Police Department said. On Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7:06 a.m., a vehicle apparently hit a deer before leaving the road somewhere along Marsac Avenue. The accident caused unspecified injuries.

The Police Department last week also received two reports within a little more than two hours about loose horses. On Saturday, Dec. 1 at 5:45 a.m., a horse was seen on the side of the road on S.R. 248 close to Quinn’s Junction. Someone was headed to the scene to retrieve the animal. Earlier, at 3:36 a.m., a horse was reported to be “wandering around near the road” along S.R. 248. It was not clear from public police logs whether the same horse was seen in both of the cases.

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