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.
SMITHFIELD CITY — DWR conservation officers are seeking information from the public in a rash of hawk shootings in Smithfield City.
Officers are working with the Smithfield City Police in trying to identify the suspects responsible.
"We believe the suspects have shot as many as seven hawks within the past week alone," states Conservation Officer Chris Schulze.
Officers believe the hawks were shot with small caliber firearms. "Most of the shootings occurred near 400 west, which is a busy road. We're encouraging people to be observant and aware, and if they witness something suspicious to contact us," Officer Schulze adds.
If you know any details about any of these raptor shooting incidents, please call Officer Chris Schulze directly at 435-760-5910, or you can 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.