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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.

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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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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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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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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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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Utah men sentenced for string of wildlife crimes

Two Utah men have been sentenced in Salt Lake District Court for the illegal killing of protected wildlife. The individuals operated a guiding and production company and documented many of their violations on video, which was seized during the course of the investigation.

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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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Reward offered for information regarding poached buck deer

Conservation officers with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources are seeking the public's assistance on a case involving a poached buck mule deer found in the Doc Springs area on the Beaver Mountain management unit, approximately two miles northwest of Circleville.

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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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Northern Utah man convicted after shooting two bull elk

Northern Utah resident, Michael Gardner, was charged with a class A misdemeanor for the illegal harvest of two bull elk during the 2012 general season any weapon spike elk hunt on Mt. Dutton unit.

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