Herbert signs bills protecting big game populations

Posted at 4:24 PM, Mar 17, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-17 18:24:02-04

Governor Herbert signed a bill on Saturday that more than doubles the reward for killing a coyote.

Senate Bill 245 increases the reward for killing a coyote from $20 to $50. Herbert says the bill is designed to protect Utah’s mule deer population. Groups like the Utah Humane Society were against the bill.

Herbert also signed SB 87, which provides funding for predator control.

“We’ve taken it seriously here in Utah,” said Herbert. “As you sportsmen know, we have invested millions of dollars in trying to protect our mule deer population.”

The governor says the state has spent $76 million protecting 800,000 acres where the mule deer population roams and that Utah has also spent $46 million with UDOT to protect areas where deer crossings are.