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Poacher Sought in Utah's Top Mule Deer Unit

January 19, 2008.

From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources:

The Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) is seeking information about the illegal shooting of a large buck deer, which was left to waste on the Henry Mountains, which is a premium limited entry deer hunting unit in southeastern Utah.

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UDWR Photo: A large poached buck was found
beneath a pile of branches, which were used by
the perpetrator to conceal the crime.

DWR personnel located the buck's carcass in the Coyote Benches–Mud Springs area of the Henry Mountains. The animal had been shot, and the antlers and skull plate removed. The rest of the buck was left to waste. The perpetrator(s) covered the carcass with branches in an attempt to conceal the crime. Although the size of the antlers is unknown, analysis of the deer's teeth places the age of the buck at approximately 7 years, suggesting a prime-age, trophy-class animal.

Poaching is a crime that victimizes all Utahns. Whether you hunt, watch or photograph wildlife, it is a valuable resource, held in public trust. A poacher is guilty of natural resource robbery. Not only are human values at stake, but the deer herd has been robbed of the fawns, which might have been sired by this prime-age male. Law-abiding sportsmen, who wait years for the opportunity to draw a permit, lose the opportunity to hunt a fine specimen like this during future hunting seasons.

At the time of the incident, a bison hunt was taking place on the Henry Mountains. The DWR urges anyone with information about this incident to call the Utah Turn-in-a-Poacher Hotline at 1-800-662-DEER or contact Conservation Officer Casey Mickelsen at (435) 820-6010. A reward of $1,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and successful prosecution of the person(s) responsible for this act. Confidentiality is guaranteed.

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