EVANSTON, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming game wardens say they documented a sharp increase in the number of wasted or abandoned game animals in the Evanston area in southwest Wyoming this past hunting season.

In the Evanston area alone, nine buck mule deer and one doe pronghorn antelope were abandoned and or wasted between Oct. 3 and Oct. 22.

Wyoming Game and Fish Department wardens say the trend is both disappointing and unethical.

Hunters are responsible for making a reasonable effort to recover any game animal they take or attempt to take.

State law states that no person shall leave, abandon or allow any game animal, or edible portion, to intentionally or needlessly go to waste.

Anyone with information on wildlife violations are asked to call the agency's Stop Poaching Hotline or contact local wardens.