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150 gallons of oil dumped illegally near active water source on wildlife land

“In November 2019, these oil-filled containers were unlawfully dumped on the Wildcat Wildlife Management Area in eastern Wasatch County.” (Utah Division of Wildlife Resources)

CASPER, Wyo. — 150 gallons of oil has been found illegally dumped on a wildlife management area in Utah.

A citizen reported the dumping at the “Wildcat Wildlife Management Area” on Nov. 8, according to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

“The oil was primarily contained in 20 5-gallon buckets and one 50-gallon drum, although some residue had also leaked onto the ground,” the Division of Wildlife Resources said on Nov. 22. “The dump site was located within 100 yards of an active water source that drains into the Currant Creek watershed.”

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“The Wildcat WMA is still recovering from the 2018 Dollar Ridge Fire. The illegal placement of the oil on the WMA posed an additional threat to wildlife habitat and the species that depend upon it.”

The Division of Wildlife Resources is investigation the illegal dumping and are seeking any information members of the public may be able to provide.

“If you have any information about the illegal dumping of this oil, please contact the UTIP hotline at 1-800-662-3337, or call your local conservation officer,” the release states. “Rewards are available for information leading to the successful prosecution of those responsible, and requests for confidentiality will be honored.”