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Due to clerical errors, the 2019 total number of poaching incidents and monetary value of the animals were inaccurately stated in the initial version of this news release. Those numbers have been updated to reflect the accurate totals.

DWR conservation officers seeking information about 2 buck deer poached in Magna

Salt Lake City — The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is asking for the public's help in gathering information about two buck deer that were recently illegally killed in Salt Lake County.

Poached deer
Poached deer

DWR conservation officers received information about the two poached buck deer on Sept. 14. Officers responded to the scene and found two large antlered buck deer dead in a field near the intersection of 8400 W. 4100 South in Magna. Both deer were located less than 100 yards from Bacchus Highway.

A necropsy was performed on both carcasses, and it was determined that both deer had been killed by a small caliber rifle. Bullet fragments were retrieved from both carcasses. It is estimated both deer were killed sometime between Sept. 12–14. There are no suspects at this time.

Anyone with information regarding the illegal killing of these animals, or any other wildlife, is encouraged to contact the UTiP Hotline at 800-662-3337. You can also report any illegal wildlife activity on the DWR website. If you have information about this specific case, you can also contact DWR Officer Nick Vidrine at 385-335-0093. Rewards are available and requests for confidentiality are respected.

Every year, DWR conservation officers conduct numerous investigations into the illegal killing of wildlife. In 2019, officers confirmed 1,065 animals had been illegally killed, valued at over $384,000.

  • Officer Nick Vidrine
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