I attended the Utah Wildlife Board meeting this week, which confirmed that a sport hunt for crows will soon occur in our state. One of the board members told the audience that, actually, the best way to conserve and properly manage any species in Utah is to initiate a hunting season for it. This will ensure an adequate funding stream (though hunter licenses) so the species and its habitat will be a priority for conservation and management.
Historically, the majority of funding for western game and fish departments has come from selling hunting and fishing licenses. But today there has to be a better way to fund our wildlife agencies, and all the species that the agencies manage in trust for the citizens. I would wager that every person in Tuesday’s audience against a crow hunt would elect to buy, if made available, a special "crow stamp," at the same price as a hunting tag, to help fund crow conservation and management in Utah. And I think this would rival the funds brought in from permits in the coming year to shoot them for sport.
Director, Wild Utah Project
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