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 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.
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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.
A small 2x3 antlered buck deer was poached on the winter range in Sanpete County, and DWR officers are looking for the public's assistance in identifying those involved. The dead deer was located at the head of the Axhandle Canyon area, on the South Nebo Mountains in Central Utah.
On Nov. 25, drifting snow was beginning to conceal the evidence when a concerned citizen called the UTiP hotline to report a suspicious dead bull elk in the Currant Creek area. A DWR officer responded to the area and found a freshly killed bull elk that had been left to waste.
On October 26, 2014, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Conservation Officer Krystal Tucker received information from a concerned citizen regarding a wasted two-point buck deer. Officer Tucker responded and found the buck hanging in a tree near the Bonneville Shoreline Trail in a North Salt Lake canyon.
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is looking for information regarding two separate incidents in which buck deer were believed to have been poached in Summit County.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officers have been busy protecting Utah's wildlife, patrolling to ensure compliance of wildlife laws and rules and investigating cases when those laws and rules are violated.
On October 19, 2014, at approximately 3 a.m., a resident of Parowan,
Utah heard a single gunshot in his residential neighborhood. He contacted
the local authorities, who investigated and contacted DWR Conservation Officer Josh Carver.