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Utah wildlife officials often use several tools to catch poachers

Utah's Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) typically uses a wide variety of methods to actively pursue and catch possible poachers, including rewards, both monetary rewards and rewards in the form of special hunting permits.
 
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    January 07, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Utah wildlife officials often use several tools to catch poachers

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As hunters in Utah are well aware, the state's Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) takes poaching allegations very seriously. In fact, the DWR typically uses a wide variety of methods to actively pursue and catch possible poachers, including rewards - both monetary rewards and rewards in the form of special hunting permits.

For instance, the DWR routinely offers rewards of up to $1,000 to those who provide information that leads to the convictions of Utah poachers. Moreover, in some higher-profile cases, the DWR, in conjunction with sportsmen groups, can offer rewards as large as $5,000.

However, while these rewards are certainly helpful tools for protecting and conserving wildlife, it is possible that hunters may fall victim to criminal reporting even though they are not aware that they are breaking the law. For instance, hunters who kill protected animals while unknowingly on private land may face distinct criminal charges - charges that they would not otherwise have to deal with had they shot the animal on public hunting land.
Taking protected wildlife while trespassing

Under Utah law, it is illegal for a hunter to enter private land without permission to kill protected wildlife, particularly when the property has signs indicating it is private or the hunter already has notice that he or she cannot enter the land. This criminal prohibition is known in Utah as the "taking of protected wildlife while trespassing."

Unfortunately, things can get a bit tricky for hunters when private-property signs become covered by snow or vegetation. In circumstances such as these, it is quite possible that a hunter will unwittingly cross onto private property during a hunt - not knowing that he or she can face additional criminal charges for doing so. Even worse, this particular law also applies a hunter's dog. So, if a hunter's dog goes onto private property - even without the hunter's knowledge - and kills protected wildlife, the hunter can be held liable in criminal court.

Any hunter convicted of the taking of protected wildlife while trespassing will be subject to the penalties of a class B misdemeanor, which include possible jail time of up to six months and potential revocation of the hunter's permit.
Seek legal assistance if needed

As this article illustrates, a poaching conviction can have severe consequences in Utah, even if the hunter doesn't know they are breaking the law. Accordingly, if you are currently facing poaching charges in Utah, it is often best to consult with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. An experienced attorney can explain your options and help ensure your rights are protected.



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