Utah man charged with poaching bull elk
Tip lines do help wildlife conservation officers catch poachers. Jeffrey Jace Hunt is currently awaiting a court appearance this month after Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) linked him to an illegally killed trophy bull elk in 2019, the St. George News reports.
Hunt, who was charged with the third-degree felony of wanton destruction of protected wildlife, had the remains of the bull elk in his garage when officers appeared to investigate the anonymous tip phoned in on Nov. 28, 2019. According to the St. George News, the tipster reported important details that resulted in a search warrant at Hunt’s home.
During the investigation, UDWR discovered that Hunt had poached the trophy bull on Sept. 7, 2019 “in the southwest desert of Hamblin Valley, near the border of Beaver and Iron counties” in Utah.
According to UDWR, the illegally shot bull elk was taken with a bow and arrow after dark. While the timing of the kill was illegal, Hunt also didn’t have an elk permit.
“We really appreciate the public’s assistance in reporting illegal wildlife activity,” said UDWR Conservation Officer Kody Jones. “It greatly helps us in protecting Utah’s fish and wildlife, and in upholding the laws that help manage and maintain healthy populations.”
Hunt awaits trial and sentencing. Stay tuned to goHUNT for further information.