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 conflicts will increase.
Utah’s Hogle Zoo, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR), Wildlife Protection Society (WPS), and Utah State University (USU) 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 will provide simple guidance and direction for Utah communities through these three main messages:
- Be aware of the wild: Learn about Utah wildlife
- Share the wild: Respect and Change Behaviors
- Care for the wild: Take Action, Coexist Safely and Help Wildlife Stay Wild
Click here to access the new Watch For Deer Utah website launched by the Utah Department of Public Safety.
The new website provides a lot of good tips for driving safely in deer country.