Hunting Accident File > VIOLATIONS

Northern Utah poachers caught

October 13, 2011

From ABC4.com

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Three northern Utah hunters face felony charges after they were caught killing more than their licenses permitted, according to the Utah Department of Wildlife Resources.

The DWR says that on September 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 pronghornóthree bucks and two doesówere dead.

The DWR said each man had a permit to take a doe, but neither man had a permit to take a buck.

In a separate case on September 10, the DWR says a hunter shot three mountain goats near Ben Lomond Peak, even though his permit allowed him to take only one goat.

The DWR says the hunters were caught through witness accounts.

According to the DWR, all three violators face potential third degree felony charges that could carry fines of up to $5,000 and a jail sentences of up to five years, along with restitution fines of $6,000 per mountain goat and $400 per pronghorn.

The DWR said the violators might also lose their hunting privileges in Utah and the other states involved in the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.

The DWR encouraged hunters and outdoors enthusiasts to report poaching if wildlife violations occur.

The DWR hotline number is 1-800-662-3337.

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