Animal Conservation

319 wild animals illegally killed since August 1

SALT LAKE CITY – As we enter the fall hunting season, the Division of Wildlife Resources has released poaching numbers and reminded the public how to fight poaching in Utah.

“During the hunts this fall, conservation officers contacted approximately 13,700 people and inspected the hunting licenses of 4,347 people from August 1 to September 23. During these interactions, officers discovered 319 illegally killed animals, including big game, fish, waterfowl and furbearing animal species. Of the animals killed, 39 were big game species.

During this period, officers issued 569 citations. They continue to investigate other additional violations that will be forwarded to the justice system.

“Hunters must take responsibility for knowing the law, having a current hunting license or combination, and knowing what species and areas their licenses allow them to hunt before going into the field,” DWR Lt. Chad Bettridge said.

From August 1 to September 23, DWR officers also received 240 tips through their reporting tools. Since there are only 53 DWR officers patrolling all of Utah, they can’t be everywhere.

“We need your help,” Bettridge said. “Please keep your eyes and ears open and report any suspicious activity to us. By working together, we can enforce wildlife laws, which help conserve wildlife and maintain healthy populations, and also ensure the safety of our recreational audience.

Here’s what you can do to help:

Obtain a license plate number

“Having a license plate number will lead us to the individual, so we can interview the person and start investigating,” Bettridge said. “Other useful details include the type and color of vehicle the person was driving, the number of people involved and a description of what you saw.” And, if you can give us a GPS coordinate, that can help guide us. quickly to the area where the possible breach occurred.”

If you can’t get a license plate number, try to gather or write down as much information about the person and the vehicle as possible.

Do not confront the individual

“We don’t want anyone to be put in harm’s way or end up in a situation that makes them uncomfortable,” Bettridge said. “Report what you saw and let us contact them.”

Report the incident to the DWR using its reporting tools

  • Call the Utah Turn-in-a-Poacher hotline at 1-800-662-3337. (The UTiP hotline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is the fastest way to report a wildlife violation. The number is printed on your hunting and fishing licenses.)
  • Use UTDWR Law Enforcement Application
  • Text agents at 847411
  • Declare online via the DWR website