https://kutv.com/newsletter-daily/hunting-licenses-suspended-for-5-utahns-for-wildlife-related-violations

7/29/2020

(KUTV) — Five Utahns had their hunting privileges suspended after hearings by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) that occurred on April 24 and May 5.

The individuals had all previously been sentenced in district or county justice courts in connection with various wildlife-related violations.

The wildlife license suspension process is separate from the criminal prosecution process. These hearings typically take place in the Utah Department of Natural Resources building in Salt Lake City on the first Tuesday of each month and are open to the public. However, because of COVID-19, the April and May hearings happened via telephone.

During the hearing, a hearing officer, appointed by the Utah Attorney General’s Office, receives the details of the case and then determines whether the individual’s hunting or fishing license will be suspended, DWR reported. For a hunting or fishing license to be suspended, the hearing officer must conclude that the person intentionally, knowingly or recklessly violated a suspension-qualifying law, a press release stated.

The men who had their hunting privileges revoked during the hearings include:

  • A Scipio man who was convicted in Millard County’s 4th District Court with wanton destruction of protected wildlife.
  • A Pleasant Grove man who was convicted in Utah County’s 4th District Court of attempted wanton destruction of protected wildlife.
  • A Vernal man who was convicted in Duchesne County’s 8th District Court of wanton destruction of protected wildlife and a tagging requirement violation.
  • A Highland man who was sentenced in Sanpete County’s 6th District Court of wanton destruction of protected wildlife.
  • An Aurora man who forfeited bail in Sevier County’s Justice Court for the charge of allowing protected wildlife to waste or spoil.

“The entire purpose of wildlife law enforcement is to encourage people to comply with the laws,” DWR Law Enforcement Investigator Doug Messerly said in a news release. “Those laws are made to benefit wildlife and the public. I honestly wish that everyone would just comply with the law so that we didn’t have to do suspensions. That is our goal. But unfortunately, people do break the law, and we believe that appropriate license suspension is the best deterrent we have to those who would intentionally break the law.”

Individuals may appeal their license suspension to the Utah Wildlife Board within 30 days of the date any suspension order is issued. All appeals must be in writing.

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