CEDAR CITY — After a recent case where someone shot 27 waterfowl and left the birds to waste, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is reminding the public that it is illegal to harvest wildlife and leave the meat to waste.

State officials issued a citation to a Utah man after he wasted dozens of waterfowl after telling officers he didn’t know how to cook in Millard County, Utah, November 2023 | Photo courtesy Utah DWR, St. George News

In November 2023, DWR conservation officers received a report from a concerned resident who had found 27 birds that had been shot and left to waste.

Upon further investigation, officers discovered the waterfowl had been dumped near a gravel pit in Millard County. No meat had been harvested from any of the birds, according to a media release.

The birds left to waste included five Canada geese, 21 mallards, and one green-wing teal duck. Investigating officers in Southern Utah gathered additional evidence at the scene that led to identifying the individual responsible. A citation was issued, officers said.

“The individual involved in this case said that they wasted the birds because they ‘did not know how to make ducks taste good,’” DWR Officer Stetson West said. “Many Utahns hunt to provide meat for their families, so allowing any wildlife to waste is selfish and takes away that opportunity from others who would benefit from the harvested wildlife.” 

State officials warn that allowing protected wildlife to be wasted is illegal and can result in a class B misdemeanor. Residents can also visit the DWR website for various recipes that can provide ideas for ways to cook game meat. 

Dozens of waterfowl were hunted and left to waste in Millard County, Utah, November 2023 | Photo courtesy Utah DWR, St. George News

Anyone with information regarding any wildlife-related crimes in Utah is encouraged to report it to DWR conservation officers in one of the following ways:

By calling the UTiP Hotline at 800-662-3337
The UTDWR Law Enforcement app
By texting 847411
Online through the DWR website. Contact with an officer may be limited with this option.

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