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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.

Man jailed for poaching deer in Beaver County

On October 17, 2014, the day before the general rifle season began, a concerned citizen in Beaver County witnessed and reported the poaching of a buck mule deer. The witness observed a pickup truck, heard a single gunshot and then noticed a man and woman who appeared to be marking a spot in the road. The male and female then sped away in the truck. The witness drove to the location, found a mark in the road and soon located a dead 2x2 buck deer that had been recently killed.

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Manti buck illegally killed

On October 17, 2014, the night prior to the opening day of the Utah general rifle deer hunt, a concerned citizen called the Utah Turn in a Poacher (UTIP) hotline to report what they believed to be an illegally killed deer along C Canyon Ridge Road. C Canyon is located on North Skyline Drive.

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Poached bull moose in Summit County

On October 11, 2014, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Conservation Officer Brent Kasza received information regarding a poached bull moose in the area of Soapstone Basin, in Summit County. Officer Kasza responded to the scene where he located a small bull moose still alive, but badly injured.

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5x5 bull elk shot and left in Iron County

On October 11, 2014, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources received information about a poached bull elk near Four Mile Spring in Iron County. The large 5x5 bull was killed near the beginning of the spike-only season, which began on Oct. 4.

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Two trophy elk wasted, one canyon apart

On September 25, 2014, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officers investigated two 7-point bull elk apparently left to waste in a remote portion of the Book Cliffs, just one canyon apart.

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A few too many fish at Scofield

On October 13, 2014, wildlife officers discovered that the fishing at Scofield Reservoir was a little too good for three men. The three Salt Lake County men collectively caught 23 trout at Scofield. Two of the men didn't have a fishing license.

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Buck deer illegally killed near Moon Lake

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) is seeking information related to the illegal killing of a buck deer on October 5, 2014. There was no open deer season in the area at the time. The animal was located near the Farnsworth Canal, which is just south of Moon Lake.

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Cow moose shot and left in Uintah County

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officers are seeking those responsible for the illegal killing of a cow moose approximately 1mile east of the Iron Springs Campground along the Red Cloud Loop. The incident occurred on or before October 6, 2014.

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San Juan County man convicted of felony bobcat poaching

On June 30, 2014, James Wheeler, a resident of San Juan County pleaded guilty to one 3rd degree felony count of Wanton Destruction of Protected Wildlife and four Class B Misdemeanors. He had been illegally trapping bobcats.

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Cow moose poached near Left Fork Currant Creek

A wasted cow moose was recently found on the Wasatch Mountains Currant Creek Unit and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources officers need your help in solving the case. On October 5, 2014, DWR officers were contacted by hunters who had found a dead cow moose near the Left Fork of Currant Creek, northeast of Forest Road 83 in Wasatch County.

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Two fawns poached in Kane County

On September 1, 2014, concerned citizens reported two dead fawn deer to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. An investigation at the scene revealed that both fawns had been shot and left to waste.

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