Undomesticated animals usually living in a natural environment, including both game and nongame species.
Related resource topics for county planning include the following:
The ESRI mxd file of the services used to create the above map.
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) is the wildlife authority for the state. It is the UDWR’s responsibility to protect, propagate, manage, conserve, and distribute protected wildlife throughout the state (Utah Code, Title 23). “Wildlife” means vertebrate animals living in nature, with the exception of the following: feral animals, coyote, field mouse, gopher, ground squirrel, jack rabbit, muskrat, and raccoon. This chapter does not cover fisheries or special-status species.
The UDWR has published management plans for various species in the state, including:
- Mule Deer Statewide Plan and Deer Herd Management Unit Plans
- Elk Statewide Management Plan and Elk Herd Management Unit Plans
- Bighorn sheep
- Black bear
- Northern river otter
- Prairie dog (Summit County)
- Wild turkey
- Greater sage-grouse
The habitat data can be used to identify the parts of the county that are important to a particular wildlife species.
Best management practices (BMPs) for wildlife focus on principles and actions that allow humans and wildlife to coexist, and on creating or maintaining healthy wildlife populations and habitat.
Utah’s Wildlife Action Plan considers key habitats and provides management strategies to improve the habitat’s condition (see pages 73–123). Also, the plan considers threats and provides actions to reduce the threats (see pages 124–216).
The Grand Canyon Trust created BMPs for living and working with beavers.
A national survey conducted in 2011 by the US Fish and Wildlife Service found that Utah residents and non-residents spent over $1.5 billion dollars that year in Utah on recreation activities associated with wildlife . This national survey is typically conducted every 5 years.
Number of participants and total expenditures in Utah in the year 2011.
|Activity||Number of Participants||Total Expenditures||Average per Participant|
In Utah special hunting permits called conservation permits raise revenues to preserve wildlife and habitat. Since the program’s inception in 1981, it has raised $35,000,000. Over 90% of that revenue has been allocated to projects such as habitat enhancement and restoration, species transplants, radio-telemetry studies and research projects, aerial surveys, and education efforts .
The hunting unit data can be used to identify the parts of the county that allow hunting or a particular species.
The UDWR has prepared a Draft Wildlife Action Plan to provide guidance for improving habitats and strengthening wildlife populations. County-specific files have been provided with the intent of supporting the county resource management plans. These tables provide a list of species found within each county as well as denote special status species under the Endangered Species Act and if the species is part of the Wildlife Action Plan.
|Data Name||Data Explanation||Publication Date||Spatial Accuracy||Contact|
|Cooperative Wildlife Management Units|
|Location of private and state cooperative efforts to manage wildlifes||2015||1:5,000||Utah Division of Wildlife Resources|
|Div. of Wildlife Resources Regions|
|Use to locate State wildlife management region||Unknown||Unknown||Utah Division of Wildlife Resources|
|Species Habitat||Use to locate habitat areas by species. Species list Here||Variable||1:100,000||Utah Division of Wildlife Resources|
|Utah 2016 Hunt Units|
|Locate hunting units by species; bear, deer, elk, OILT, pronghorn, moose, mt. goat||2016||1:5,000||Utah Division of Wildlife Resources|
|Wild Horse and Burro Herd Areas||To identify wild horse and burro herd areas.||6/15/2009||1:24,000 to 1:250,000||Bureau of Land Management in Utah|
|Wild Horse and Burro Herd Management Areas|
|To identify wild horse and burro Herd Management Areas||2001||1:250,000||Bureau of Land Management in Utah|
|Wildlife Action Plan county-by-county species list||County lists of species including ESA special status and Action Plan status||8/18/2015||Table||Bureau of Land Management in Utah|
- US Fish and Wildlife Service. 2014. National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, FHW/11-UT (RV).
- Utah Department of Wildlife. 2016. Utah Conservation Permit Program Annual Report. Salt Lake City: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.