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.
Updated: August 9, 2016, 2:07 pm
On Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources received a call about three cow elk carcasses that had been dumped and left to waste near the Lindon Boat Harbor at Utah Lake.
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On Oct. 5, a hunter reported finding a dead 6x6 trophy-class bull elk that had been shot and left near Buffalo Canyon on the Wasatch elk unit. This is a spike-only hunting area during the general elk season. Conservation Officer Sean Spencer conducted an investigation and found that the elk had been shot between the eyes.
On Oct. 9, 2015, Conservation Officer James Thomas received information about a dead 4x4 bull elk near Whit Knoll, on Wagon Ridge, off of the east side of Skyline Drive, in Sanpete County.
On Oct. 18, 2015 the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) will hold an administrative checkpoint at 136 N 500 E (Chalk Creek Road) in Coalville. The checkpoint will begin operating at 10 a.m. and will end no later than 6 p.m.
Conservation officers with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources received a call via the UTIP hotline on September 26, 2015, regarding a trophy bull elk that was left to waste on the Book Cliffs limited-entry unit.
During the spring of 2014, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources officers began investigating the unlawful taking of a trophy buck in San Juan County. An interview with Timothy Riffey, a San Juan County resident, revealed that he had been given highly-sought-after Elk Ridge limited entry deer permits from 2010–2012.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources officers recenly received information through the UTIP Hotline regarding a headless buck pronghorn discovered near Vernal, UT. The pronghorn carcass was near an oil field, along the Seven
Sisters Road, just north of the White River, about 35 miles south of Vernal.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officers are asking for help from anyone who might have information about two buck deer that were recently poached near Huntington, UT. On March 16, 2015, two young buck deer were shot and left to waste. The wanton destruction and waste of these small deer occurred on Stump Flat Road, west of Huntington.
A Sanpete County resident was recently sentenced in Sixth District Court for illegally killing several elk without a valid permit during the winter of 2013. In January of 2013, while conducting a big game winter range patrol near the town of Mayfield, DWR officers located the fresh carcasses of two dead elk.
On January 25, 2015, DWR officials were called to Howard Slough Waterfowl Management Area concerning a number of wasted ducks and geese. During their investigation, DWR officials located 15 wasted Canada Geese and 10 wasted ducks of various species. The vast majority of these carcasses were fairly fresh, leading officials to believe that the wasted birds were disposed of during the month of January.