Hunters Reminded of Monument Regulations

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Date: September 15, 2014
Contact: Lee Buschkowsky, Chief Ranger, (435) 781-7731
Contact: Dan Johnson, Chief of Interpretation and Visitor Services, (435) 781-7702

Dinosaur, CO & Jensen, UT –With the arrival of hunting seasons on lands surrounding Dinosaur National Monument, hunters are reminded that hunting is not permitted in the monument. Although most of the monument boundary is well marked, hunters are responsible for ensuring they do not hunt within the monument. By knowing and understanding the rules and regulations applicable in the National Monument, hunters will be better prepared to enjoy their trips.

The Lacey Act and the Code of Federal Regulations strictly prohibits the killing or removal of any animal, living or dead, and any animal parts, including shed antlers from federal lands within the monument without authorization.Violators will be prosecuted and are subject to penalties including fines, jail,restitution, and the forfeiture of vehicles, equipment, and personal property associated with the violations.

Wounded wildlife that runs into the monument must be reported to law enforcement park rangers or state wildlife officers as soon as practical.To prevent waste, it is permissible to field dress a dead animal inside the monument before authorities arrive, but a living, wounded animal may not be shot inside the monument without first obtaining authorization from a law enforcement park ranger or state wildlife officer. Contact rangers at (970) 629-8683 or (970) 629-2707. If unsuccessful with either number, call the Craig Regional Dispatchat (970) 824-6501 for Colorado or Uintah Basin Dispatch at (435) 789-4222 for Utah.

Federal law allows people, who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess and carry firearms in Dinosaur National Monument, but discharge of firearms remains prohibited in the monument. Additional details are available on the web at https://www.nps.gov/dino/parkmgmt/firearms-information.htm.

During bow season, a bow permit is required to transport bows across monument land to access adjacent lands when other means of access are otherwise impractical or impossible. Permits can be obtained by calling (970) 374-3022, (435)781-7715, or (435) 781-7731 during business hours only.

Wildlife taken lawfully outside the monument or on private in-holdings within the monument may be transported through the monument on park roads. The person(s) transporting the wildlife must have in their possession a valid state hunting license and, if required by state law, the animal carcasses must display a valid, properly completed game tag. Wildlife carcasses and wildlife parts being transported within the monument are subject to inspection at any time by law enforcement park rangers or state wildlife officers. The use of ATVs and UTVs, including those licensed by a state as street legal, within the monument is prohibited.

The use of elk bugles, varmint calls, audio attractants, or other artificial or natural means of attracting or disturbing wildlife (including rattling antlers, coyote, turkey and sage grouse calls, or verbal bugling or howling imitations) are prohibited on all monument land including the right-of-way along the Harpers Corner Road. Spotlighting or use of an artificial light to view wildlife within the monument is also prohibited.

Visitors or hunters who observe illegal hunting activity within the monument should immediately notify park law enforcement at (970) 629-8683 or (970) 629-2707.

Hunters are also reminded that bears are active in the area in and around the monument. Proper food storage and disposal of trash is important to protect themselves, their camps, and the bears.

For more information on Dinosaur National Monument, call us at (435) 781-7700. You can also follow DinosaurNPS on facebook and twitter.



Last updated: February 24, 2015

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