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More than 1,000 wildlife illegally killed in Utah in 2020

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More than 1,000 wildlife were illegally killed in the state of Utah during 2020, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources reports. (Photo: DWR)

More than 1,000 wildlife were illegally killed in the state of Utah in 2020, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources reported Monday.

This is a slight decrease from 2019.

In 2020, a total of 1,056 animals were illegally killed in Utah. 1,080 were killed the previous year.

The combined total value of the animals killed in 2020 was more than $379,000. In 2019, it was more than $406,500.

Even though the number of illegally killed animals dropped last year, the number of citations for unlawful take and wanton destruction increased from 499 in 2019 to 773, according to DWR.

There were 4,760 violations detected by DWR conversation officers, up from the 3,525 in 2019.

A total of 35 people had their hunting or fishing privileges suspended in Utah in 2020, compared to 84 in 2019. Utah is a member state of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact. License suspensions in Utah are recognized in all the other states in the U.S., except Hawaii, a news release stated.

“Each animal that is illegally killed in our state is one less animal for legal hunters, wildlife enthusiasts and everyday citizens to enjoy,” DWR Capt. Wyatt Bubak is quoted in a news release.

Poachers steal our ability to enjoy Utah's wildlife.

Anyone who witnesses suspicious hunting activity is encouraged to call DWR's UTiP hotline at 1-800-662-DEER (3337) or report the incident online on DWR's website.