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Severed animal heads found at Big Cottonwood Canyon

By Janelle Stecklein

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Jul 14 2013 10:16 am • Last Updated Jul 17 2013 09:50 am

A woman spending time near a fishing pond in Big Cottonwood Canyon made a grisly discovery — a basket filled with severed animal heads.

Unified police Detective Jared Richardson said police received a call from the woman late Thursday or early Friday about the discovery.

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He said the woman told police she had found about six goat heads and six chicken heads inside a basket.

Next to the basket was a bag that the woman believed likely contained the animals’ carcasses.

"But [she] was too scared to look in that bag," Richardson said.

He said the incident may have been a case of animal sacrifice, but performing the sacrifice and leaving the carcasses so close to water risks contaminating the area’s watershed, which is a crime.

In addition, when people leave the severed heads in the open, Richardson said it is disturbing for individuals, particularly children, who might stumble upon them.

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