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CACHE COUNTY — Conservation officers with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources are seeking help from the public regarding a troubling two-deer poaching incident that occurred near Clarkston in late October, 2013.
A reward is being offered.
DWR Conservation Officer Chris Schulze states that officers believe the two deer, a doe and her fawn, were shot and left to waste. "It's pretty callous to shoot a doe and her fawn for the thrill of it, then just leave them to waste," states Officer Schulze.
This incident occurred on the West Thompson Walk-in Access (WIA) property northwest of the town of Clarkston in Cache County. A WIA is a tract of private land on which the Division of Wildlife Resources has leased hunting, trapping or fishing privileges for public recreation. Because this occurred on a WIA and is accessible to the public, officers believe someone out there may know what happened and encourages them to come forward.
"Mule deer are going into a critical time of year as winter approaches. They're in a very precarious position. For the doe and her fawn make it through a hot, dry summer only to be killed this way is very concerning to us," adds Officer Schulze.
If you know any details about this incident, or any other wildlife crimes, officers urge you to call the Utah Turn in a Poacher hotline at 1-800-662-3337. Caller identity can remain anonymous and monetary incentives are possible for information leading to a successful prosecution.