Press Release
Migratory Bird Poisoning in St. George – Reward Offered

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and  Utah Division of Wildlife Resources are offering a reward for information about the deaths of approximately two dozen migratory birds at the St. George Golf Club, 2190 South 1400 East, St. George, Utah.

On March 2, 2016, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources biologists, law enforcement officers, and a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s law enforcement officer responded to a report of a bird and fish kill at the Saint George Golf Club.  Twenty-one Migratory Birds, three  3 hybrid Mallards, and three 3 goldfish carcasses were observed on or near a ​pond on the golf course that is adjacent to Bloomington Hills Drive and the putting greens for holes # 9 and # 18.  Grain was observed broadcast along the pond's eastern bank (near the putting greens), and subsequent sampling and testing of the grain revealed the presence of strychnine.  Subsequent sampling and testing of the carcasses revealed strychnine poisoning as a cause of death. 

These deaths violated state and federal wildlife and environmental protection statutes and regulations and are being investigated by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  State and federal authorities are offering $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the responsible party or parties.

If you have information regarding the unlawful event described above, please contact the Division of Wildlife law enforcement supervisor at 435-865-6100 or the Service’s law enforcement officer at 435-673-3420.

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