More effort, DNA analysis thrown into battle-

Poachers love winter when deer, elk and other animals become visible, but in Utah and elsewhere modern science is allowing officials to track even a piece of venison. Utah is also putting more enforcement in the field this winter, and they have reportedly made some significant arrests.

Although arrests can be made, the system also requires some tough judges.  Whether these scofflaws will get big punishment remains to be seen. They haven’t come to court yet.

See: Utah wildlife officials step up patrols in deer winter range in effort to nab poachers. The Associated Press. Reported in The Republic.


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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

2 Responses to Utah Division of Wildlife Resources maybe having some success nabbing winter poachers

  1. Paul says:

    All states should be doing this. In fact they should tack on a fee to all hunting/trapping/fishing/parks/camping licenses to make this an all year endeavor. These poaching scum take not only from the hunters, they take from the rest of us who enjoy the wildlife as well. Lifetime bans and significant jail time should be the result of these charges along with zero tolerance. Maybe the Rex Rammells of the world might actually learn a lesson, but I have my doubts.

  2. Leon Christensen says:

    The punishment convicted poachers receive should not be left up to the discretion of a Judge. It should be mandatory and it better be severe. This should be true also with trespassing and any other laws that are broken regarding game animals.


February 2012


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