SALT LAKE CITY — A new effort is under way to help mule deer in Utah — the Predator-Control Incentive program. The  goal of the program is to reduce and control the number of coyotes in areas in Utah that are inhabited by mule deer.    

Participants in the new program will receive $50 for each coyote that is submitted according to the rules of the program.    

The incentive program is part of the Mule Deer Protection Act, which the Utah Legislature passed during its 2012 session.

John Shivik, mammals coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, said the DWR and the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food have worked closely together to craft the program.

Those interested can learn more about the program in one of two ways:    

• A fact sheet is available at www.wildlife.utah.gov/predators.    

• Three open houses will be held: May 29, Cedar City, 6:30-8 p.m., Crystal Inn, 1575 W. 200 North; May 30, Price, 6:30-8 p.m., DWR office, 319 N. Carbonville Road, Suite A; May 31, Salt Lake City, 6:30-8 p.m., DWR office, 1594 W. North Temple.