Letter: A more democratic Wildlife Board

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  • The Judge Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 12:16 p.m.

    You realize the board and regional advisory councils (RACs) are already made up of a composition of landowners, sportsmen, and non-consumptive users, right? There are representatives from Hogle Zoo, various Native American tribes, Forest Service, BLM, The Nature Conservancy...and the list goes on and on.

  • Teasdaletoad Teasdale, UT
    Sept. 15, 2018 6:31 a.m.

    The only wildlife the board approves of is that which neither competes with nor preys upon livestock.

  • SLCBob Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 14, 2018 8:52 p.m.

    Predator and prey populations managed to balance themselves out for thousands of years before we got here.

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    Sept. 11, 2018 1:40 p.m.

    The vast majority of wildlife in Utah is not hunted. But the small number of animals that are hunted, and the minority of residents who pay to hunt--as well as the majority who don't hunt but who buy guns, ammo, or firearms accessories--are paying the lion's share of the funds to provide habitat, studies, and other management. Additionally, ranchers provide crucial infrastructure like watering troughs/ponds that are used by wildlife in addition to the ranchers' cattle.

    As @Zabilde points out, we have built our homes where wild animals once roamed. Left unmanaged, wildlife goes through horrible boom and bust cycles with large population growth when weather conditions provide plenty of food, and then population collapses when either the food runs out or some disease runs through the herd.

    A hungry or sick big cat will come into your neighborhood looking for pets, small children, even adults. Moose, elk, and even deer pose a real hazard to drivers, and can be dangerous even to pedestrians. The endangered prairie dogs in Cedar carry bubonic plague.

    Leave the wildlife management to trained biologists who understand the proper role of hunting; You'll see more, with fewer problems.

  • barfolomew Tooele, UT
    Sept. 11, 2018 12:45 p.m.

    @ RedShirt

    "Tell us, what is the plan if there is no hunting?"

    They have no plan, RedShirt. But then, you already knew that. It just makes them feel good and puts them in the good graces of their liberal friends at cocktail parties to profess loving animals. It doesn't matter to them that an overpopulation of deer, elk, cougars, etc. will cause the slow death of starvation for many of them. That they will just turn a blind eye to.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Sept. 11, 2018 12:12 p.m.

    Bob, tell us what the "watchers" plan to do when there isn't enough food in the wild areas to support the animals that live there? Are the watchers going to watch the animals starve? Are they going to watch the animals move into the cities where they will destroy landscaping and kill pets?

    Tell us, what is the plan if there is no hunting?

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 11, 2018 9:28 a.m.

    I am not a hunter, but I prefer to have wildlife biologists make scientific decisions regarding megafauna and not have advocates bring emotion into the equation. Feral house management has been dominated by emotional appeals and the result has not been good.

  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 11, 2018 7:57 a.m.

    As long as guns are involved in local decisions about anything, like trophy hunting, the animals and non-ego driven people will not have a say.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Sept. 11, 2018 7:11 a.m.

    True letter, but this is Utah, and kinda like how a LDS majority board decides liquor laws.

    Utah continually vote against their interests.

    Predators are an important part of the environment, not sheep and cattle welfare ranchers.

  • Zabilde Riverdale, UT
    Sept. 11, 2018 6:24 a.m.

    If you don't hunt, your financial help towards conservation is miniscule compared to that provided by hunters. Every firearm and Bullet includes an excise tax that funds conservation. Every hunting license and tag funds conservation and protection of the animals the writer claims to love.

    We have invaded the animals homes, no argument there and no ability to undo it. So we can leave the animals alone and enjoy a cycle of population growth and mass starvation every few winters, with apex predators like the mountain lions coming into our neighborhoods to hunt our pets and children.

    Or we can manage the populations of all the various species through responsible hunting as we are doing and try to establish and maintain a degree of equilibrium that doesn't require killing off all the predators and avoids the mass starvation events (or at least reduces them, the occasional really bad winter can still result in some animals starving to death).

    The ethical route is management, yes killing a few animals to keep the majority of them alive and roaming our mountains to enjoy.

    Also the sporting good industry has refused to consider adding a tax like we pay on our guns and ammo.