This trophy buck was poached near Price just days before the general deer season began.

CARBON COUNTY — On Oct. 10, 2017, just 11 days before the opening of Utah's general deer season, a Carbon County resident called their local Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officer and reported that someone had shot and killed a large buck deer.

Officers responded to the scene, just south of Price, and began to investigate. Information and evidence gathered during the investigation led officers to believe that a Price man was responsible for killing the large, 31-inch trophy buck.

Officers have completed their investigation and have since submitted charges to the Carbon County Attorney's Office for screening. If convicted, the man could face fines, restitution, probation and/or possibly even jail time. Additionally, his hunting license privileges could be suspended for several years.

This case likely would not have been discovered without citizens' willingness to become involved and notify the proper officials. Using the initial information provided, officers were able to further their investigation, developing the grounds needed to seize evidence, which ultimately led to the filing of charges.

This case is a perfect example of how wildlife crimes can take opportunities away from other citizens of the state. Had this deer not been killed, someone may have had the chance to harvest it during the season or to view it on the landscape in it's natural environment.

Citizens who come forward with information regarding crimes are the key to any successful law enforcement program. Those with information regarding wildlife crimes are encouraged to contact the UTiP hotline at 1-800-662-3337 or any Division of Wildlife office. Rewards may be available to those who provide information leading to the successful prosecution of wildlife offenders.