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.
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.
Danger or nuisance? The first step in handling a conflict with wildlife is to learn more about common human-wildlife interactions and how to manage them.
Here are numbers to call if a wildlife conflict poses immediate danger for the animal or people in the area.
Utah’s Hogle Zoo, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) 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:
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.