Poaching in Utah Declines, Violations Rise

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — In 2020, 1,056 wild animals were killed illegally across the state, according to a report by conservation officers for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR).

Utah is on a downward trajectory for illegal killings, with fewer incidents in 2020 than in 2019. However, the number of overall types of wildlife violations (sometimes unintentional) increased from 3,525 in 2019 to 4,760 in 2020. Violations included unlawful possession of dead animal, wasting of wildlife, unlawfully taking wildlife, shooting without a permit, and trespassing violations.

“Each animal that is illegally killed in our state is one less animal for legal hunters, wildlife enthusiasts and everyday citizens to enjoy,” DWR Capt. Wyatt Bubaks said. “Poachers steal our ability to enjoy Utah’s wildlife.”

The DWR encourages residents to report any hunting activity they deem suspicious. Their UTiP hotline is 1-800-662-DEER (3337) and staffed 24-7. Suspicious activity can also be reported online on the DWR website.

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