SEND A QUICK EMAIL TO STOP A CROW HUNT IN UTAH
Cut and paste the sample letter below into an email, then re-word it so that it expresses your own thoughts. Be sure to be polite.
Send your email to these two people:
Blair Stringham, migratory bird game coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources
Jake Albrecht, Chair of the Utah Wildlife Board
If you wish to do more, also send the email to every one of the Wildlife Board members. These are the people who will be voting on June 5 on whether or not to hold the crow hunt:
Dear Blair Stringham,
Dear Jake Albrecht,
(or Dear Utah Wildlife Board Member)
Thank you for taking public comments on the proposed crow hunt.
I am opposed to allowing a crow hunt in Utah.
Dozens of species of wild birds can already be hunted in Utah, so there is no need to add another species.
If a farmer’s crops are being harmed by crows, the farmer may obtain a depredation permit to address that problem. There is no need for a state-wide crow hunt.
Because an untrained person cannot tell the difference between a crow and a raven, a crow hunt would cause injury or death to large numbers of ravens and other black birds, all of which are species protected by U.S. law.
Crows are among the most intelligent animals on the planet – equivalent to apes, chimps, elephants, and dolphins. They mate for life, live in families, and may live to be 30 years old. There is no good reason to deprive them of their lives and happiness.
Other states do allow crow hunts, but there is no reason for Utah to have exactly the same laws as other states.
Crows are not eaten and not kept as trophies. There is no reason to kill them except for “enjoyment.” But it is not fun for everyone. Certainly not for the crows. But also not for many hikers, campers, or birdwatchers who value the lives of birds – or many people who just want to enjoy the peace and beauty of nature. If birds belong to any of us, they belong to all of us. They are part of nature, which is the heritage of everyone.
The lead shot that is used can poison other animals and birds, including condors.
Hunting crows could endanger the lives of people because crows often frequent towns and suburbs — and shooting into trees, near buildings, would risk harming families and passersby.
There is no good reason to allow a crow hunt in Utah, and many very good reasons not to.
Thank you for helping to protect crows and other American wild birds.
Division of Wildlife Resources meeting on June 5
The Utah Wildlife Board will be meeting in the DNR Salt Lake office auditorium, 1594 West North Temple, Salt Lake City, on Thursday, June 5, at 9 am. to consider the results of the Regional Advisory Council (RAC) meetings and to vote on the crow hunt. For more information, go to
Please attend this meeting if you can.
For a more detailed explanation of the reasons not to hold the proposed crow hunt, click here.
Please feel free to crosspost or print this — and ask your friends to send emails to help the crows.
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