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The House Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee held a hearing on Friday morning adopting a resolution to protect and restore wildlife corridors in Utah. The resolution is sponsored by House Republican Mike Schultz from Hooper. A Park City local on the board of Save People Save Wildlife gave her testimony at the hearing.

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House Bill 228 is one of two predator wildlife management bill which is winding its way through the legislature. It passed out of committee this week and awaits scheduling on the house floor.

House Bill 228 sponsored by Republican Casey Snider from Paradise takes an existing rule and codifies it into law allowing livestock growers and designees to kill predator species on public land. Snider did not respond to KPCW in time for this story.

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House Bill 125 is one of the  predator wildlife management bills  moving through this year’s legislative agenda. House Bill 125 expands the use of hunting predators to manage ungulate herds such as elk and deer.

Phil Tuttle - DWR

Those looking to collect antler sheds from now until mid-April are required to complete a certificate from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.


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House Republican Carl Albrecht from Richfield is sponsoring a predator bill this legislative session. It would require Division of Wildlife Resources to cull through hunting permits, certain predators if large game numbers are lower than the DWR established herd sizes.

Two elk inside a window well near outside a park city home
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Division of Wildlife Resource officers had to remove two elk from a window well in Park City Friday morning.


Carolyn Murray-KPCW

 

The Park City based non-profit Save People Save Wildlife-SPSW organization meets with the Utah Department of Transportation, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Park City and Summit County officials on Wednesday to talk about ways to address the dangerous frequency of the SR 224 wildlife/vehicle collisions on the stretch adjacent to the McPolin Farm.

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Living in the Wasatch back means sharing the landscape and roads with wildlife. A recent study found Park City and Heber have five of the top 10 hot spots for wildlife collisions. 


Save People Save Wildlife

The two-mile stretch on SR 224 by the White Barn is the 5th worst spot for vehicle/wildlife collisions in the state of Utah. With an elk herd that winters between the McPolin Farm and Round Valley, it’s an especially dangerous area this time of year.

KPCW has a story of how a couple of residents made certain Tuesday morning would be a safe crossing for the herd and motorists.

Carolyn Murray

A recently completed wildlife crash study shows Summit and Wasatch Counties represent half of the top 10 hot spots in the state.

In August of 2018, the Utah Department of Transportation contracted with independent researcher Dr. Patricia Cramer who is a wildlife ecologist with expertise in transportation ecology. The scope of the study was to evaluate areas of conflict between wildlife and roadways. Her data shows the following areas are the top 5 most frequent conflicts with wildlife:

-US-40 north of Heber

-US 189 near Deer Creek State Park

Mountain Trails Foundation

According to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, hunting is legal in Round Valley. Park City code prohibits hunting on city owned property.

KPCW prvides this report showing the bureaucratic contradictions of legal hunting jurisdiction on city property.

Mountain Trails Foundation

As reported earlier this month, two cow elk were shot and killed in the city-owned Round Valley open space the last weekend in December. Park City Police and the Division of Wildlife Resources have determined both incidents occurred on city property.

Mountain Trails Foundation Rick and Chase

Two cow elk were shot in Round Valley last Saturday night. Park City Municipal owns the property where both elk were killed. However, the incident may not warrant a violation under the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources even though city laws prohibit hunting on city owned property.

Jennifer Kimball Bailey

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources stocked 20 species of fish in Utah’s waterways. The 2019 count came to more than 10 million.

Stocking fish in Utah has been a practice done throughout the state for more than 100 years. DWR Public Information Officer, Faith Heaton Jolley says it’s partly to make it more fun to fish by having healthy populations. It’s also a conservation management tool for native species.

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Two cow elk were shot over the weekend in Round Valley. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources confirms there is a cow elk hunt underway through the end of January, but it remains unclear if the people who killed them will be charged under the DWR's jurisdiction. 

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