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
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.
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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.
Conservation officers with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources are asking the public for help identifying those responsible for illegally killing a trophy Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep ram. The ram was likely killed in November 2014.
On November 18, 2014, two Juab County brothers each plead guilty to felony Wanton Destruction of Protected Wildlife charges in the Juab County, 4th District Court. The convictions stemmed from a incident on October 8, 2014, in the Levan area of Juab County, in which a UTIP hotline caller reported the poaching of a trophy bull elk. The caller reported that a large-antlered bull elk had been illegally shot earlier that day.
Conservation officers with the Utah Division of Wildlife are asking the public for help in identifying those responsible for the illegal killing of three deer in Montezuma Canyon. On November 23, 2014, Officer Dennis Shumway found the entrails of three deer (and the hide and head of a doe and fawn) near the turn-off to Cross Canyon in the wash of Montezuma Canyon.
On November 28, 2014, a group of cow elk hunters located a poached 4x3 buck deer in the area of Tidwell Slopes, in Sevier County, and contacted the DWR. Utah DWR Officer Eric Bond responded to the area and found the buck had been shot and left to waste.