Citing results from a survey, Dick Carter, coordinator for the Utah Wilderness Association, once again drew attention to an interest in the establishment of wildlife preserves in Utah.
During a press conference Monday morning, he said the majority of Utahns want wildlife preserves where no hunting is allowed "and animals can die of old age."The survey, conducted by Insight Research, polled 607 households and asked questions related to wildlife.
The key question was: Should the State of Utah establish wildlife preserves where animals can live with minimal human interference?
- 77 percent responded that there should be wildlife preserves.
- 21 percent responded that there should not be.
- 2 percent said they didn't know.
Carter said he found the results "significant" and "surprising."
"We had no idea there would be this much support," he said.
Last year the UWA released a "Wildlife Manifesto," which among other things asked that no-hunting, no-management wildlife preserves be established in City Creek Canyon and the High Uintas.
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources rejected the plan, saying among other things that a "no-management policy" for wildlife would be detrimental to the animals and the areas.
The survey also asked if wildlife interests were as important as the interests of humans.
In response, 46 percent answered "more important" and 37 percent said "as important." Only 13 percent answered that animal interests were "less important."
The survey also showed that there was overwhelming opposition to hunting bears and cougars with dogs and to hunting bears using bait.
The survey was funded by the UWA and the Utah Audubon Society.