In Utah, “wildlife” includes brine shrimp and crayfish; mollusks; and vertebrate animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals) living in nature, except for feral animals. Wildlife are protected, except for: coyotes, field mice, gophers, ground squirrels, jack rabbits, muskrats, and raccoons. Rare species and those subject to federal listing under the Endangered Species Act are referenced more fully under “Threatened, Endangered, and Sensitive Species.” Although fish are legally considered “wildlife,” fisheries and angling-related benefits for local economies are addressed in the “Fisheries”.
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) is the agency who manages wildlife species. Some of the larger wildlife species such as deer, elk, moose, antelope, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats provide public hunting and viewing opportunities on public and private land and are managed to provide hunting opportunity that seeks to manage species impacts to private and public lands. UDWR establishes management plans for individual big game species, some predator species, as well as upland game such as chukar and turkeys