Utah wildlife officials adding 1,450 extra cow licenses for 2012 season



The Utah elk permits go on sale Sept. 6.

Concerned that the continuing drought has impacted the state’s key winter range, Utah wildlife officials are adding 1,450 more cow elk licenses to that state’s 2012 hunting quotas.

Anis Aoude, big-game coordinator for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, said the state’s elk herds are doing well, but dry conditions this year in northeast Utah have affected plants on key winter-range areas.

To help protect the plants, the Utah Wildlife Board approved the additional cow elk hunting permits for this fall’s hunts.

No such plans have been announced for Colorado.

Colorado hunters may purchase left-over licenses for elk, deer bear and pronghorn at Colorado license agents and Parks and Wildlife offices.

Aoude says the extra permits open northern and eastern Utah to more hunters. He said range conditions in the rest of the state are doing well compared to the northwest.

“Winter ranges in central and southwestern Utah are doing much better,” Aoude said. “Additional elk do not need to be taken in those areas at this time.”


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