SALT LAKE CITY – Members of the public are being asked to share their views as the state of Utah considers authorizing its first crow hunt.
Mark Hadley, public information officer at the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, said the agency is holding a series of meetings throughout the state in May to get feedback on the proposed crow hunt. He said the crow population has grown so large that it’s beginning to be a problem, both for farmers and city dwellers.
“Crows in the state of Utah are starting to cause some challenges at some fruit orchards,” he said. “Also, we’re getting more calls from people in neighborhoods that are just concerned about the number of crows they’re seeing, and the mess that the birds might leave.”
If approved by the Utah Wildlife Board, Hadley said, crow hunting would be allowed during the entire month of September, and could also run from Dec. 1 through the end of February. He said it would require a hunting license, and hunters would be limited to 10 birds per day, with no more than 30 in their possession at any one time.
Hadley said the hope is that hunters will start eating more crow – literally.
“I’ve never eaten crow myself,” he said. “I know that there are recipes on the Internet, folks who have eaten crow that like it. That’s what we’re going to encourage people to do.”
Hadley said crow hunting has been practiced in several neighboring states – Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming – and others for several years.
Members of the public are being asked to share their views as the State of Utah considers authorizing its first crow hunt.
Information about the public meetings is online at <a href=”http://wildlife.utah.gov/wildlife-news/1395-crow-and-turkey-hunts-this-fall.html” target=”parent”>wildlife.utah.gov</a>