Tom Wharton needs to address the bigger issue. It has been hashed over and over about the fact that the DWR caters to the sportsman more than the tree huggers. I heard it brought up by a tree hugger at a rac and the spokesman for the dwr gave a great reply. He said "Ok, you feel that we do more for the hunters than the viewers? Let me explain why. The hunters pay out x amount of dollars every year that pays our wages, helps us in rehabitation, and in all aspects of our job, we rely on the sportsmans dollars. We have not figured out a way for the photographers, and viewers to help out in this work. They take from it and expect there to be animals to view but in no way contribute to the work. We need the sportsmans dollars to survive."Petersen said:I read an interesting article in the Tribune from Tom Wharton at http://sltrib.com/outdoors/ci_6809767
Here's the first paragraph: "Utah ought to get away from the sham that the public owns wildlife and is a part of its management. If truth in advertising were in effect, the Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) would be called the Division of Hunting and Angling."
He goes on to describe how a former non-hunting RAC member says the entire thing was rigged to promote hunting and fishing, and then blames special interest groups like Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife.