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  • Utah DWR Officials Seek Help Finding Poachers of Trophy Buck Deer in Iron County Killed and Left to Waste
    by Mark Hadley
    Published - 11/28/11 - 11:43 AM | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Conservation Officer Josh Carver of Utah DWR displays the antlers of the Trophy Buck Deer killed in Iron County. (DWR photo)
    Conservation Officer Josh Carver of Utah DWR displays the antlers of the Trophy Buck Deer killed in Iron County. (DWR photo)
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    Poached mule deer at Bald Hills in Iron County. (DWR photo)
    Poached mule deer at Bald Hills in Iron County. (DWR photo)
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    (Cedar City, UT) - The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources received information regarding a poached mule deer buck through Iron County and Beaver County dispatch on November 13, 2011. Officers Josh Carver and Brent Farnsworth responded to the scene, west of the Bald Hills in Iron County, where they found a large antlered buck lying dead. A necropsy was performed on the carcass. It was determined the animal had been shot several times with a rifle. Further search of the area revealed a second, small two-point buck deer, had also been shot and left to waste. The trophy largest deer had antlers 27 inch wide, 6X7 buck which scored approximately 203 points.

    Witnesses observed a white crew cab truck, possibly an F-250 diesel, fleeing the scene. They also observed two men dragging the deer carcass. One of the suspects was wearing a white sweatshirt and the other was wearing a grey sweatshirt. Three suspects fled in the white truck at approximately 4:30PM on November 13, 2011.

    The incident occurred on Black Mountain, west of SR-130 which is west of the Bald Hills in Iron County. Anyone with information regarding the illegal killing of this animal, or any other, is asked to contact the UTIP Hotline at (800) 662-3337. The Utah Division of Wildlife and Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife will be offering a reward for information on this case or others. Requests for confidentiality are respected.

    Every year Utah Conservation Officers conduct numerous investigations into the illegal killing of wildlife. In 2010, Officers confirmed 902 illegally killed animals valued at over $370,000. This incident, and others like it, represent a loss to the resource and all citizens who value wildlife.
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