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Three Utah Hunters Face Felony Charges

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Three Utah Hunters Face Felony Charges
Three Utah Hunters Face Felony Charges

Two poaching cases in northern Utah are a sad reminder that poaching is a wasteful activity that reduces opportunities for ethical hunters.

And, if you're the person who commits the violation, poaching can empty your bank account and put you behind bars.

On Sept. 17, a father and his son recklessly fired their rifles at a herd of 60 pronghorn antelope on the Woodruff Wildlife Management Area in Rich County. After the shooting was over, five pronghorn—three bucks and two does—were dead.

Each man had a permit to take a doe. But neither man had a permit to take a buck.
On Sept. 10, a hunter shot three mountain goats near Ben Lomond Peak.


His permit allowed him to take only one goat.


Fortunately, sportsmen were in both areas and knew what occurred. They gave Division of Wildlife Resources officers additional details about the incidents that the poachers were not willing to give the investigators initially.

The details the sportsmen gave were essential in determining how severe the charges filed against the violators should be.

Phil Douglass, a regional conservation outreach manager for the DWR, says both cases are examples of concerned sportsmen who reported what they saw and were willing to testify. "Both incidents took place in very remote areas," Douglass says. "One suspect expressed amazement to officers that other hunters had witnessed [what he did] and reported his wasteful actions."

Fines, and no more hunting




Douglass says Utahns highly value their wildlife and the opportunities they have to see and ethically pursue game animals responsibly and legally. "Public laws enacted through the Utah Legislature reflect those values," Douglass says.

All three violators are facing potential third degree felony charges. Third degree felonies carry a fine of up to $5,000 and a jail sentence of up to five years.

The violators also face restitution fines of $6,000 per mountain goat and $400 per pronghorn. And they might lose their hunting privileges in Utah and the other states involved in the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.


By Nov. 1, a total of 37 states will be part of the compact.

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