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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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