DWR seeking help in deer poaching incident

Officers with Utah's Division of Wildlife Resources are asking for the public's help as they try to gather information related to the poaching of two buck deer near Cedar City late December, 2016. The poaching was reported by a citizen after discovering that the pair of deer had been skinned and field dressed, with the heads removed from the bodies. All of the meat, however, had been left to waste.

Officers believe the deer were killed illegally and were placed at the location they were discovered sometime in early December. Agency officials say that deer are often at risk for poaching during the winter months, as they tend to gather in large groups on ranges at lower elevations while searching for food.

Anyone with information about this or any other incident of poaching is asked to call the UTIP hotline at 1-800-662-3337 or email the information to toturninapoacher@utah.gov. Rewards are often available for information leading to the successful prosecution of wildlife crimes, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

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