MAGNA, Utah, Sept. 18, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is seeking information after two buck deers were illegally poached in Magna.
“DWR conservation officers received information about the two poached buck deer on Sept. 14,” a statement from the agency says.
“Officers responded to the scene and found two large antlered buck deer dead in a field near the intersection of 8400 W. 4100 South in Magna. Both deer were located less than 100 yards from Bacchus Highway.
“A necropsy was performed on both carcasses, and it was determined that both deer had been killed by a small caliber rifle. Bullet fragments were retrieved from both carcasses. It is estimated both deer were killed sometime between Sept. 12 and 14. There are no suspects at this time.”
Anyone with information regarding the illegal killing of these animals, or any other wildlife, is encouraged to contact the UTiP Hotline at 800-662-3337. Parties can also report any illegal wildlife activity on the DWR website.
“If you have information about this specific case, you can also contact DWR Officer Nick Vidrine at 385-335-0093,” the statement says. “Rewards are available and requests for confidentiality are respected.”
Every year, DWR conservation officers conduct numerous investigations into the illegal killing of wildlife, the DWR statement says. In 2019, officers confirmed 1,080 animals had been illegally killed, valued at over $406,500.