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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.

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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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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Buck pronghorn poached near Milford

On August 15, 2014, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) was notified of a buck pronghorn that had been shot south of Milford, Utah.

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DWR to hold administrative checkpoint

On Sept. 1, 2014 the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources will hold an administrative checkpoint on Highway 150 (the Mirror Lake Highway) at the Slate Creek parking lot.

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DWR officers warn against picking up fawns

It's not unusual to find a deer fawn or an elk calf in the woods, or even in town this time of the year. DWR officers warn the public: if you find a deer fawn or an elk calf, the best thing to do is keep your distance and leave the animal right where you found it.

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Outfitter pleads guilty to felony conspiracy charge

Christopher W. Loncarich, 55, of Mack, Colorado, pleaded guilty in federal court to a felony conspiracy charge stemming from his sales of outfitting services for illegal mountain lion and bobcat hunts in Colorado and Utah, the Justice Department announced.

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Doe shot and left along Highway 191

On May 17, 2014, a doe mule deer was shot and left to rot along Highway 191. Officers need your help identifying the suspects.

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Willard Bay saturation patrol

Conservation officers conducted a saturation patrol from May 16–19 on the north and south ends of Willard Bay. The focus of this patrol was to stop people from keeping more fish than the limit allows.

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Pelican shot and killed in Harrisville

On May 13, 2014, DWR conservation officers received a report that a pelican had been shot and killed within Harrisville city limits (approximately 1400 N Washington Blvd). The witnesses heard a gunshot and, within seconds, the pelican fell and hit the ground near their vehicle.

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Utah man convicted of poaching trophy elk

On April 4, 2014, a jury convicted Robert Mathew Anderson, a Utah resident, of poaching a trophy bull elk. The charges stemmed from an incident that occurred on September 15, 2012.

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Officers seeking information in Farmington waterfowl case

On April 24, 2014, wildlife officials received a report of two males attempting to harvest ducks unlawfully within Farmington City limits. The offense committed on April 24 occurred on Foxglove Road, directly east of Smith's Grocery in Farmington.

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