Utah DWR to hold open house to discuss Predator-Control Incentive program

Reducing and controlling coyotes in areas inhabited by mule deer is the goal of Utah's Predator-Control Incentive program. You can learn more about the program at the DWR's website or by attending an open house. | Photo by Lynn Chamberlain, Utah Division of Wildlife Resorces.

A new effort is underway to help mule deer in Utah.

The effort is called the Predator-Control Incentive program. The program has one goal: To reduce and control the number of coyotes in areas in Utah that are inhabited by mule deer.

And you can help: Participants in the new program will receive $50 for each coyote that is submitted according to the rules of the program.

The incentive program is part of the Mule Deer Protection Act. As soon as the Utah Legislature passed the act during its 2012 legislative session, Division of Wildlife Resources offices were flooded with questions from coyote hunters who wanted to know more.

Since the session ended, John Shivik, mammals coordinator for the DWR, said the DWR and the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food have worked closely together to craft the program. “We’re to the point now that we’re ready to share the program with the public,” Shivik said.

If you’re interested in helping the deer herds and making some money, you can learn more about the program one of two ways:

  • Attend one of three open houses that will be held during the last week in May. “At the open houses,” Shivik said, “various displays will be available that will walk you through how the program works. The program isn’t very complicated, but we’ll still be available to visit with you and answer any questions you have.”

The following is the open house schedule:

  • Cedar City
    May 29
    6:30–8 p.m.
    Crystal Inn
    1575 W. 200 N
  • Price
    May 30
    6:30–8 p.m.
    Division of Wildlife Resources office
    319 N. Carbonville Road, Suite A
  • Salt Lake City
    May 31
    6:30–8 p.m.
    Division of Wildlife Resources office
    1594 W. North Temple

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