During the past few months, the Division of Wildlife Resources has hosted open houses in San Juan, Carbon and Emery counties with the objective of collecting public input on how wildlife should be managed in southeastern Utah. Most interest focused on big game management and more specifically how mule deer are managed.
The input received from attendees was recorded on flip charts, in personal notes and in comment boxes. After each meeting, DWR program managers compiled the comments and recommendations they had received. These will serve as reference material as new management plans are drafted, according to the division.
Justin Shannon, Wildlife Program Manager for the Southeast Region said, "Meeting with the public is a great opportunity to listen and better understand what is important to our constituents. These open houses serve as a nice venue to speak with people one-on-one, answer questions, and explain why we manage the way we do."