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The law enforcement section of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources held an auction Tuesday at the Lee Kay Hunter Education Center in Salt Lake City to clear its warehouse of confiscated wildlife items that had been illegally obtained and make some money to fight poaching in the state. Conservation officer Tony Wood said there were more than 700 packages of auction items, predominately deer and elk antlers, available to the highest bidder. Other items included bobcat, cougar, fox, bear and bison hides or skulls. "We get a lot of people who just come out to look at what we have collected," Wood said. "Many of them are disgusted with what they see, knowing all the items here were taken illegally." Officials said late Tuesday that they raised more than $136,000 this year.

Brett Prettyman