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DWR conservation officer in a patrol boat

Utah wildlife law enforcement

DWR conservation officer in a patrol boat

DWR law enforcement officers — known as conservation officers — protect Utah's wildlife and their habitats, and work to ensure the safety of outdoors enthusiasts across the state.

The long-term viability of Utah's wildlife depends on citizens who care passionately about natural resource issues and support law enforcement efforts. Conservation officers work continually to build and strengthen relationships with the communities and partner organizations they serve.

When fully staffed, there are about 80 conservation officers stationed throughout Utah. Officers with patrol assignments each cover a roughly 1,800-square-mile area, with some wildlife districts being larger than others.

In addition to their law enforcement responsibilities, conservation officers support wildlife management activities by assisting with biological surveys, wildlife captures and relocations, and help with hunter education, public outreach and more.

Utah Turn in a Poacher

Help us protect your wildlife. The following methods are available to report a suspected wildlife crime.

Call 1-800-662-3337 or text 847411 to report a suspected wildlife violation.

If you turn in a poacher, you might qualify for a substantial reward. Do everyone a favor by turning in anyone suspected of wildlife-related violations. You may also make a report online.

Be a good witness

Before reporting a wildlife crime, try to get as much information as you can. Providing us with the right information helps us investigate the report.

Know the consequences

Poaching is a serious crime with penalties that include fines, restitution, jail, confiscation of gear, and the loss of hunting and fishing privileges.

Officers on patrol

Information from Utah conservation officers about the crimes they need your help in solving.


Links to Utah Department of Natural Resources law enforcement officer policy documents.

Learn more

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Quick links
Wildlife Blog: Views from DWR employees
» Wildlife Blog
Report poachers — 1-800-662-3337
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