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Mature elk taken from spike only unit

On the opening morning of Utah's spike elk hunt, Division of Wildlife officers received a UTiP call from hunters who saw a branch antler bull being taken from a spike only unit. By the time law enforcement was able to travel to the scene, the individuals who had illegally killed the bull were gone.

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Future trophy bull killed on spike hunt

During the opening weekend of the any weapon spike elk hunt on the Wasatch Currant Creek unit, a 5X5 bull was shot and abandoned to rot. Anyone with information related to the illegal killing of this animal is encouraged to contact the UTiP Hotline at 1-800-662-3337.

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Moose poaching investigation near Mill Hollow Reservoir

On October 6, 2013, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Conservation Officer Brent Kasza received information regarding a poached moose through the UTiP hotline. At the scene, he saw a young bull moose lying dead about a half mile west of the Mill Hollow Road, north of Mill Hollow Reservoir.

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Officers seek information in double moose poaching

On October 7, 2013, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources received information regarding two poached moose through the UTiP hotline. Officer Kasza and a DWR investigator responded to the scene where they located a small calf moose and a small bull moose lying dead off the Murdock Basin road off highway 150 (the Mirror Lake Hwy).

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DWR officers participate in Youth Waterfowl Fair

On September 7, 2013, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officers in the Northern Region participated in the 9th annual Waterfowl Youth Fair at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management area. The Waterfowl Youth Fair was a free event sponsored by the Utah Waterfowl Association.

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Cow and calf moose shot and left to waste

The smells of fall and the crisp autumn air were tainted by the odor of two moose left to rot on the Wasatch Currant Creek Unit. Officers with the Utah Division of Wildlife are looking for your help in solving this case.

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Two trophy mule deer poached in southern Utah

On July 6, 2013, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Officer Josh Carver received information about a large 27-inch mule deer that was killed sometime around July 4 or 5. While investigating the poached buck, Officer Carver found a second 29-inch mule deer killed within the same timeframe.

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Turkey baiting in Cache County

In April and May of 2013, during the limited-entry and general turkey season, six individuals were associated with illegal poaching of turkeys over bait. This activity occurred in the south end of Cache County in the Mount Sterling, southeast of the town of Wellsville, inside the Sardine Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit.

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Reward offered for information on a poached deer in Millard County

On March 12, 2013, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Officer Kody Jones received information regarding a poached deer east of Holden, Utah. The deer was part of a study being conducted by Brigham Young University and the Utah Division of Wildlife.

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Officers nab suspect accused in North Logan City buck shooting

Officers from the Division of Wildlife Resources and North Park Police Department recently concluded their investigation into the illegal killing of a well-known buck in North Logan City limits. The suspect now faces two misdemeanor charges: shooting within city limits and unlawful taking of wildlife while trespassing.

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Deer poaching prosecution leads to 45-year hunting suspension

The main suspect in one of the largest poaching investigations in recent memory has been sentenced. Jarod Birrell and others are believed to have poached numerous buck deer, many of them trophies, throughout Utah in the winter months of 2010.

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