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DWR to put poached antlers up for auction

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Posted at 6:37 PM, May 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-24 09:58:32-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources will hold an auction to get rid of seized antlers and hides Tuesday morning.

Thousands of dollars in antlers from deer, elk and moose have been collected over the past four years and held for evidentiary purposes. Most of the antlers have been seized from poachers, according to DWR officials. The last time DWR auctioned off antlers was in 2012.

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  • DWR Auction
  • When: May 24 at 10 a.m.
  • Where: Kay Lee Shooting Center, 6000 W. 2100 South in Salt Lake City

DWR will auction off 232 poached deer antlers, worth about $206,800; 166 elk, worth about $443,500; and nine moose, worth about $29,000.

“This actually is a little less than the last time we had an auction, which in our mind is a good sign -- maybe there is not as much illegal activity going on,” said DWR Capt. Mitch Lane.

Most of the money from the auction will go toward DWR’s general fund and law enforcement program. A small portion of the money will go toward the auction company.

The antlers are used for many purposes including, interior design, clothing accessories, medicinal use and most recently dog chews.

Other items up for auction are skulls, heads and furs.

The auction will take place Tuesday at the Kay Lee Shooting Center, 6000 W. 2100 South in Salt Lake City.

A preview starts at 8 a.m. and the event starts at 10 a.m.