“In a nutshell” : Wild Utah Project’s Wildlife Advocacy Program seeks to use our new network of activists to build understanding and engage the support of leaders, the public, and the media as we create a demand for remedies, and design remedies, for the threats to Utah wildlife that are both actionable and socially accepted.
Problem Statement: Today, the state of Utah, energy companies, and local governments frame wildlife protection as an onerous intrusion into the lives of typical Utahns. This message is repeated throughout the West in a concerted effort to attack the Endangered Species Act, wilderness designations, and local protection of habitat. In 2013, Utah’s Legislature once again promoted numerous laws at odds with endangered wildlife, public lands and habitat protection.
Federal land managers and state agencies have obligations to take care of wildlife and wildlife habitat. However, these mandates generally make wildlife and habitat protection optional; the upshot is that agencies have been able to avoid their responsibilities. Today’s wildlife crisis is the result of a history of broken stewardship promises.
At the same time, many wildlife management decisions in Utah are made without a meaningful public process. Managers favor the hunting community over non-consumptive users like wildlife viewers, photographers and appreciators—and we need to build up the numbers of those appreciators to increase the base of support for non-game wildlife in Utah.
GOAL: RESHAPE WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT FOR UTAH’S NATIVE AND IMPERILED WILDLIFE
Current wildlife advocacy related projects:
Click here to learn more aboutthe bighorn sheep/mountain goat issue and how WUP is involved
Click here to learn more about WUP's wolf recovery efforts
Click here to learn more about WUP's least chub recovery efforts