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 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.

Wildlife bugging you?

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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.

Wildlife emergency

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Here are numbers to call if a wildlife conflict poses immediate danger for the animal or people in the area.

Take action

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Show you care. Learn how to volunteer, make a donation to the program or to inquire about scheduling a presentation.