7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill addresses requirements related to the transplant of animals.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 ▸ clarifies the procedures for the transplant of animals;
13 ▸ requires the adoption of a mitigation plan before transplanting certain animals;
14 ▸ imposes requirements for the mitigation plan; and
15 ▸ makes technical changes.
16 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
18 Other Special Clauses:
20 Utah Code Sections Affected:
22 23-14-21, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2021, Chapter 382
24 23-14-21.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
26 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
27 Section 1. Section 23-14-21 is amended to read:
28 23-14-21. Transplants of big game, turkeys, wolves, or sensitive species.
29 (1) [
30 wolves, or sensitive species only in accordance with:
33 (a) (i) a list of sites for the transplant of each particular species that is prepared and
34 adopted in accordance with Subsections (2) through (5);
36 under Section 23-16-7 or a recovery plan for a threatened or endangered species, provided that:
38 the species are expected to occupy; and
40 the plan; [
41 (iii) the Endangered Species Act of 1973, 16 U.S.C. Sec. 1531 et seq., if the transplant
42 involves a threatened or endangered species; or
44 potential transplants[
46 (2) The division shall:
47 (a) consult with the landowner in determining the suitability of a site for the transplant
48 of a species;
49 (b) prepare a list of proposed sites for the transplant of species;
50 (c) provide notification of proposed sites for the transplant of species to:
51 (i) local government officials having jurisdiction over areas that may be affected by a
52 transplant; and
53 (ii) the Resource Development Coordinating Committee created in Section
55 (3) After receiving comments from local government officials and the Resource
56 Development Coordinating Committee, the division shall submit the list of proposed transplant
57 sites, or a revised list, to regional advisory councils for regions that may be affected by the
58 transplants of species.
59 (4) [
60 transplant of species may submit recommendations to the Wildlife Board.
61 (5) The Wildlife Board shall approve, modify, or reject each proposal for the transplant
62 of a species.
63 (6) [
64 a termination date after which a transplant may not occur.
65 (7) Before reintroducing a big game animal to a new area under this section, the
66 Wildlife Board shall approve a mitigation plan that complies with Section 23-14-21.5.
67 Section 2. Section 23-14-21.5 is enacted to read:
68 23-14-21.5. Mitigation plan related to big game reintroduction.
69 (1) Before reintroducing a big game animal, turkey, wolf, or sensitive species to a new
70 area in accordance with Section 23-14-21, the Wildlife Board shall approve a mitigation plan
71 for the area into which the animal is being transplanted.
72 (2) (a) A mitigation plan described in this section shall:
73 (i) identify the objectives of the reintroduction of an animal;
74 (ii) provide conditions for issuing a permit to the landowner or lessee to take a big
75 game animal, that is causing depredation, during a general or special season hunt authorized by
76 the Wildlife Board; and
77 (iii) describe conditions for removal of a transplanted animal if:
78 (A) transplant objectives identified in the mitigation plan are not met; or
79 (B) property damage occurs.
80 (b) A mitigation plan described in this section may provide for:
81 (i) the scheduling of a depredation hunt;
82 (ii) allowing a landowner or lessee to designate a recipient who may obtain a
83 mitigation permit to take a big game animal on the landowner's or lessee's land during a general
84 or special season hunt authorized by the Wildlife Board; and
85 (iii) a description of how the division will assess and compensate the landowner or
86 lessee under Section 23-16-4 for damage to cultivated crops, fences, or irrigation equipment.
87 (3) The division shall specify the number and sex of the big game animals that may be
88 taken under Subsection (2)(a) or (2)(b)(ii).
89 (4) The division shall determine the number of animals taken under Subsection (2)(a)
90 of which the landowner or lessee may retain possession.
91 (5) In determining appropriate remedial action under a mitigation plan described in this
92 section, the division shall consider the:
93 (a) extent of damage experienced;
94 (b) use of landowner permits;
95 (c) use of mitigation permits; and
96 (d) objectives for the wildlife population.