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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.

Buck deer left to waste on Bandanna Ranch

A concerned citizen recently notified Division officers of a headless buck deer discovered on the Bandanna Ranch development in western Duchesne County. DWR Officer Jake Greenwood was able to locate the headless deer and began to investigate. He noted that it had been field dressed, skinned and the head had been removed with a saw. It appeared that the carcass was brought to and dumped at the location, leaving all of the meat to waste. The buck was likely dumped in late October or early November.

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4x4 buck deer illegally killed near Moroni

Just before dark on November 20, 2016, a concerned citizen contacted Utah DWR Sergeant Matt Briggs after seeing individuals who shot a 4x4 buck deer and left it near Moroni. The witness described the suspects as driving a multi-colored side-by-side, possibly a blue-and-white RZR, with an 18- to 24-inch light bar above the driver's head. Investigators believe the suspects are from the Moroni or north Sanpete area.

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Officers seek help finding cow moose poacher

On November 6, 2016, a concerned citizen emailed the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources after finding a cow moose that appeared to have been poached. Conservation Officer Krystal Tucker responded, located the moose and began investigating. The moose was found near Cave Peak, a mountain south of Mueller Park in Davis County, and appeared to have been dead for a few weeks. A thorough examination of the carcass revealed an arrow lodged inside the chest cavity.

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3X4 buck poached in Kane County

On Oct. 24, 2016, a concerned citizen reported seeing a dead deer, that he felt looked suspicious, along the side of Highway 9 in Kane County. Investigators believe the deer was shot from or near Highway 9 and that whoever shot the deer then realized it was on a CWMU, and left without approaching the buck.

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7X7 buck poached in Sevier County

On Oct. 27, 2016, Utah DWR Officer Eric Bond was called to a suspicious dead buck deer located on the Monroe Mountain near Highway 24. Evidence discovered at the scene indicated this large buck had been shot and killed during the previous night.

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Doe shot and left to waste in Rich County

On Oct. 6, 2016, a group of muzzleloader hunters were hunting deer in the New Canyon area of Rich County. The group observed a blue, late 90s model Chevy or GMC truck with a white camper shell. The group then heard a shot come from the direction of the truck and saw a cloud of smoke near it.

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Bull moose poached in Farmington Canyon

On October 10, 2016, DWR Conservation Officer Krystal Tucker received information from a concerned citizen about a possibly poached bull moose in Farmington Canyon.

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Doe shot and left to waste in Davis County

A call came in via the poaching hotline reporting a dead doe deer above Bountiful on Skyline Drive near the Buckland Flats area.It is believed this malicious act was deliberate.

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Cow and calf shot and left to waste near Cedar City

On Sept. 30, 2016, a cow and calf elk were shot and left to waste in the Kolob Pasture area of Cedar Mountain. The cow and calf were standing next to each other in an open meadow. This occurred on private property during the muzzleloader deer hunt.

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Officers seek help finding poacher near Beaver

On August 30, 2016, conservation officers investigated the death of a 17-inch-wide, 3x3 buck deer. The deer was found dead in a field just north of Beaver.

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