OGDEN — Two mule deer were killed illegally and left to waste near the Porcupine Reservoir boat ramp earlier this month and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officers are seeking information in connection to the poaching.
DWR conservation officers were contacted by a concerned individual who found the dead deer near the reservoir boat ramp on Jan. 5. Conservation officers were sent to investigate the incident and found carcasses of two mule deer, a doe and a yearling buck.
Investigating officers determined both deer were killed after being shot multiple times with a .22-caliber firearm. Investigators estimate that the incident occurred sometime between Jan. 2-5 when no deer hunts were taking place in that area at the time.
DWR would like anyone with information regarding the illegal killing of these deer, or any other wildlife-related crimes in Utah, to report it to DWR conservation officers in one of the following ways:
- By calling the UTiP Hotline at 800-662-3337
- The UTDWR Law Enforcement app
- By texting 847411
- Online through the DWR website; however, contact with an officer may be limited with this option.
If anyone has information regarding this specific case, they can also contact DWR Officer Nick Vidrine at 435-503-4971. A reward may be available for information leading to the successful prosecution of those responsible, and requests for confidentiality are respected.
Utah conservation officers conduct numerous investigations into the illegal killing of wildlife every year. In 2023, officers confirmed a total of 1,056 wild animals and fish were illegally killed, valued over $619,000.