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Utah's conservation officers work to protect our wildlife heritage on behalf of ethical sportsmen and others who value wildlife. These dispatches represent a fraction of the ongoing efforts to protect your wildlife resources.

Trophy deer and elk poaching case adjudicated

During the spring of 2014, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources officers began investigating the unlawful taking of a trophy buck in San Juan County. An interview with Timothy Riffey, a San Juan County resident, revealed that he had been given highly-sought-after Elk Ridge limited entry deer permits from 2010–2012.

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Pronghorn poached near Vernal

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources officers recenly received information through the UTIP Hotline regarding a headless buck pronghorn discovered near Vernal, UT. The pronghorn carcass was near an oil field, along the Seven Sisters Road, just north of the White River, about 35 miles south of Vernal.

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Elk quarters left to waste

Over Easter weekend, a concerned citizen discovered six white trash bags along Highway 40, just west of Fruitland. Four of the six bags had elk quarters inside them. The remaining two trash bags contained various parts of an elk's hide.

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Two young bucks shot in Emery County

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officers are asking for help from anyone who might have information about two buck deer that were recently poached near Huntington, UT. On March 16, 2015, two young buck deer were shot and left to waste. The wanton destruction and waste of these small deer occurred on Stump Flat Road, west of Huntington.

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Buck poached in Lehi

On January 23, 2015, DWR Officer Sean Spencer received a call from an individual reporting a dead buck in a field in Lehi. During the investigation, Officer Spencer determined the small 2x2 buck had been illegally killed with a rifle and left to waste.

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Sanpete County man sentenced in elk poaching case

A Sanpete County resident was recently sentenced in Sixth District Court for illegally killing several elk without a valid permit during the winter of 2013. In January of 2013, while conducting a big game winter range patrol near the town of Mayfield, DWR officers located the fresh carcasses of two dead elk.

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Bighorn sheep poached in Daggett County

Conservation officers with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources are asking the public for help identifying those responsible for illegally killing a trophy Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep ram. The ram was likely killed in November 2014.

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Five deer killed in two counties

Conservation officers are investigating three deer-poaching cases, two in Box Elder County and one in Carbon County. One of cases is particularly disturbing: Someone used a vehicle to chase and run over a pregnant doe and two fawns. Officers are asking for assistance from members of the public who may have information about any of these cases.

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Juab County brothers plead guilty to poaching trophy elk

On November 18, 2014, two Juab County brothers each plead guilty to felony Wanton Destruction of Protected Wildlife charges in the Juab County, 4th District Court. The convictions stemmed from a incident on October 8, 2014, in the Levan area of Juab County, in which a UTIP hotline caller reported the poaching of a trophy bull elk. The caller reported that a large-antlered bull elk had been illegally shot earlier that day.

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Wasted waterfowl in Davis County

On January 25, 2015, DWR officials were called to Howard Slough Waterfowl Management Area concerning a number of wasted ducks and geese. During their investigation, DWR officials located 15 wasted Canada Geese and 10 wasted ducks of various species. The vast majority of these carcasses were fairly fresh, leading officials to believe that the wasted birds were disposed of during the month of January.

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Buck, doe and fawn poached in San Juan County

Conservation officers with the Utah Division of Wildlife are asking the public for help in identifying those responsible for the illegal killing of three deer in Montezuma Canyon. On November 23, 2014, Officer Dennis Shumway found the entrails of three deer (and the hide and head of a doe and fawn) near the turn-off to Cross Canyon in the wash of Montezuma Canyon.

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