The Utah Department of Wildlife Resources reported that 319 wild animals were illegally killed in the state from August 1 through Friday. (Utah Department of Wildlife Resources)
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SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Wildlife Conservation officials say there has been a slight increase in illegally killed animals ahead of the state’s busiest hunting period.
The Utah Department of Wildlife Resources reported that 319 animals were illegally killed in the state between August 1 and Friday, including 39 species of large animals such as deer or elk. The other 280 animals were described as species of birds, waterfowl, and fish.
Department officials add that conservation officials issued 569 citations after 4,347 license inspections while investigating potential poaching cases.
Utah Department of Wildlife Resources Lt. Chad Petridge explained earlier this month that invalid or expired licenses, permits for the wrong species, hunting in the wrong unit or season, trespassing/hunting on private land without written permission and harvest marks are incorrect. are some of the most common hunting or fishing violations.
The recent rise in poaching comes as the fishing season begins in Utah. The general deer and elk shooting season began on August 20. Some other hunting has also begun since then, but the main public hunting of waterfowl did not begin until Saturday. Spike’s general all-weapon season and deer hunts take place from October 8-20, while the all-armed deer hunt for the general season takes place October 22-30.
“Fishers need to take responsibility for knowing the law, having a valid fishing license or a mixed license, and knowing the species and areas their permits allow them to fish before they go out into the field,” Petridge said in a statement on Monday.
Poaching is a chronic problem in the country, according to the division. Bettridge previously reported that 1,153 animals were unlawfully killed in 2021, including 52 deer or elk and 241 non-feeding deer or elk. Cougars, bears, moose and bighorn sheep made up another 34 of the animals killed illegally in the state last year.
The size and species of the animal killed determine whether the case is a misdemeanor or a felony. Penalties can result in fines, redemption fees and loss of fishing privileges in Utah and most other parts of the country due to Interstate Wildlife Violation Agreement. Fifty-five people were suspected of having their licenses last year. 54 others have already lost their licenses this year, according to the division.
Meanwhile, the state’s conservation officers have credited fishermen and other fishermen with assistance in recent poaching cases. Department officials say they received 240 tips from different options for reporting poaching cases between August 1 and Friday.
Petridge said people can help by reporting cases they’ve seen, a description of the vehicle or a license plate number. Anyone who witnesses a wildlife crime is advised not to confront anyone suspected of committing the crime.
This information can be reported by either calling the department’s poaching advice hotline at 1-800-662-3337 or texting officers at 847411. It can also be I mentioned online or through partition Law enforcement application.
“We need your help,” Petridge said. “Working together, we can enforce wildlife laws, which help conserve wildlife and maintain healthy populations, as well as preserve our re-establishment of public safety.”