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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.

Cow elk poached in the South Book Cliffs

DWR conservation officers are seeking information about a cow elk that was illegally killed in the South Book Cliffs near Wild Cow Wash. This area is approximately eight miles west of the Utah/Colorado border, north of I-70.

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Two buck pronghorn poached in Carbon County

Utah Division of Wildlife conservation officers are seeking information concerning two buck pronghorn that were shot and left. Officers from DWR responded to a report of two buck pronghorn found in the Mounds area, southeast of Price.

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Snow geese poached in the Book Cliffs

On March 17, 2014, conservation officers in northeastern Utah received a tip about five snow geese that were shot and left to waste in the Book Cliffs.

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Two cow elk poached near Otter Creek

On March 8, 2014 Utah Division of Wildlife Resources officers received reports of two poached elk on the Kingston Canyon Wildlife Management Area located 2.5 miles west of Otter Creek Reservoir in Piute County, Utah.

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$8,000 reward offered in trophy buck poaching case

Conservation officers in southern Utah are investigating the illegal killing of a 7x13 trophy buck deer in the Shurtz Canyon area, south of Cedar City. Several members of the public had been watching this buck because of his tremendous size and character. The animal was last seen alive on Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m.

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Cougar killed in Utah County

On January 26, 2014, Utah Wildlife officers received a call on the Utah Turn In a Poacher (UTIP) hotline. The report was provided by a concerned and displeased citizen. The individual indicated he and his young daughter had just witnessed the unlawful killing of a mountain lion.

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Poaching still a problem in San Juan County

Conservation officers with the Utah Division of Wildlife are asking the public for information regarding several poached big game animals in San Juan County. Three doe deer were shot and left to waste during the 2013 rifle deer hunt.

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Charges filed in wildlife scheme that illegally killed Utah mountain lions and bobcats

A Colorado big game outfitter and his assistant have been charged in a 17-count indictment for their practice of illegally capturing and maiming mountain lions and bobcats — many of which were in Utah — as part of a scheme to make hunting easier for their clients.

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Officers seeking information in Smithfield raptor shootings

DWR conservation officers are seeking information from the public in a rash of hawk shootings in Smithfield City. "We believe the suspects have shot as many as seven hawks within the past week alone," states Conservation Officer Chris Schulze.

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Poached elk found in Sevier County

On Oct. 28, 2013, officers with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources received a call from a concerned citizen who found a dead bull elk. When officers responded to the scene, they found a bull elk that had been killed. Only its head had been taken.

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Well-known Naples buck left to waste

A popular buck deer in Naples City was shot and left to waste. Bryan Clyde, conservation officer with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, received information through the Utah Turn in a Poacher (UTiP) hotline 1-800-662-DEER (3337) regarding a buck that was shot and left to waste in a field in Naples, Utah.

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