CRIME

Utah Poaching Incidents Drop Slightly In 2020

Jan 11, 2021, 4:45 PM | Updated: 6:07 pm
Cal UTip Hotline to report poachers. (Courtesy: DWR)...
Cal UTip Hotline to report poachers. (Courtesy: DWR)
(Courtesy: DWR)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The number of animals killed illegally in 2020 was down slightly compared to the year before.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said a total of 1,056 animals were poached in 2020, compared to 1,080 poached in 2019.

DWR said the combined cost for the poached animals was $379,000 in 2020 and $406,500 in 2019.

The overall number of violations issued by DWR conservation officers was 4,760 in 2020 compared to 3,525 the year before, a news release said.

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

You can report suspicious hunting activity by calling the DWR UTiP hotline at 1-800-662-DEER anytime or file your report online.

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