Why is the Wild Aware Utah program needed?
As the human - wildlife interface expands through housing and other developments throughout Utah, rural areas are becoming more urbanized. And with outdoor recreation becoming increasingly popular, there's a rise in citizens concerned about how to be safe in these areas. As Utah continues to grow, and as humans and wildlife compete for space, the number of human-wildlife conflicts will increase.
The goal of the Wild Aware Utah program is to create awareness throughout Utah that will foster new attitudes towards wildlife and motivate behavior changes in people, resulting in minimizing conflicts with Utah wildlife.
Utah’s Hogle Zoo, together with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR)
have partnered to develop tools to educate individuals and communities about how
to live, work, and recreate safely in wildlife habitats in Utah. Wild Aware Utah
provides simple guidance and direction for Utah communities to avoid problems with
wildlife through these three main messages:
• Be Aware of the wild: Learn about Utah wildlife and how to avoid wildlife conflicts
• Share the wild: Respect and Change Behaviors as well as what to do in a wildlife emergency
• Care for the wild: Take Action, Coexist Safely and Help Wildlife Stay Wild
The Wild Aware Utah program does not take positions on wildlife issues or policies. The materials are designed to be fact-based, neutral and applicable throughout Utah.