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Death of North Logan bucks sparks poaching investigation


State wildlife officers report that they plan to charge a man for killing a well-known trophy buck. Authorities say that two trophy bucks were popular among North Logan residents because they were essentially tame and would frequently be seen in people's lawns before sunrise.

North Logan residents called the larger of the two bucks "The Greenville Buck." The Herald Extra reports that officials seized the 29-inch antlers of the buck from the suspect.

The man may be charged with shooting within city limits and unlawful taking of wildlife while trespassing.

The crime of taking wildlife while trespassing typically happens when a hunter unknowingly trespasses onto private lands. Many public and private lands in Utah are not clearly marked, so it is extremely easy to do this.

There are also many cases in which people's dogs cause them to be charged with a poaching crime. This is because Utah laws regarding poaching and hunting while trespassing also apply to a hunter's dog. This means that if your dog kills a buck on private land, you could be held criminally liable and your hunting license could be in jeopardy.

The Salt Lake City criminal defense team at Greg Smith & Associates handles poaching cases throughout Utah. If you or a loved one is under investigation or has been charged with poaching, call us at 888-708-8867 or contact us online.

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