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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 bull elk poached on Book Cliffs

Conservation officers with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources received a call via the UTIP hotline on September 26, 2015, regarding a trophy bull elk that was left to waste on the Book Cliffs limited-entry unit.

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Buck deer poached on private property in Sanpete County

On Labor Day, a resident of Sanpete County notified DWR conservation officers that a buck deer had been illegally killed and left to waste on his farm near Sterling. An officer investigated and concluded that the buck deer had indeed been illegally shot and killed with a rifle during the archery-only deer season

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Doe mule deer poached on Gentry Mountain

DWR conservation officers are seeking information about a doe mule deer that was shot and left to waste on Gentry Mountain, in Emery County. The doe was found near a horse corral in the McCadden Hollow area, and it had been shot with a broadhead-tipped arrow.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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