Tuesday, 22 November 2011 14:41
A new plan means new opportunities for Utah bear hunters.
Update: The location of the Southeastern Region meeting has changed. The meeting will now be held in Monticello. (See the address and time below.)
If you like to hunt bears, you might have opportunities in 2012 that you've never had before in Utah.
Black bear hunters might have some new opportunities in Utah in 2012.
Photo by Lynn Chamberlain
A new bear management plan is making the new opportunities possible. The Utah Wildlife Board approved the plan earlier this year.
John Shivik, game mammals coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says the plan has opened the door to some new hunting options. "At the same time," Shivik says, "the plan provides some important safeguards to keep the state's bear populations healthy and safe."
All of the changes the DWR is recommending for Utah's 2012 bear hunts are available online. The following are some highlights:
Protecting the bears
In addition to opening the door to some new hunting opportunities, the new plan provides bears with some important safeguards:
In addition to the number of female bears and adult male bears hunters take, biologists are also using two important bear studies to determine the health of Utah's bear population:
Learn more, share your ideas
After you've reviewed the DWR's ideas, you can let your Regional Advisory Council members know your thoughts by attending your upcoming RAC meeting or by sending an email to them.
RAC chairmen will share the input they receive with members of the Utah Wildlife Board. The board will meet in Salt Lake City on Jan. 12 to approve rules for Utah's 2012 bear hunting and pursuit seasons.
Dates, times and locations for the RAC meetings are as follows:
You can also provide your comments to your RAC via email. Email addresses for your RAC members are available online.
The group each RAC member represents (sportsman, non-consumptive, etc.) is listed under each person's email address. You should direct your email to the people on the RAC who represent your interest.
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