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Hijacked wildlife

Published April 2, 2013 1:01 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

It was disturbing to read in Tom Wharton's eye-opening "Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife about wrong kind of bucks" (Tribune, March 21) that the husbandry of our state's wildlife has been hijacked by special interest groups whose money influences the policies of the Division of Wildlife Resources.

The management of wildlife should be driven by science, not the whims of politicians or the pet projects of donor groups.

Wharton's article highlights another in a series of recent examples demonstrating that, in our state government, policies and favors can be bought for the right amount of money.

Why do we tolerate it?

Allan W. Smart

Salt Lake City