Endangered Species - Protections and Prohibited Actions - Utah

(1) The division may transplant big game, turkeys, wolves, or sensitive species only in accordance with:

(a) a list of sites for the transplant of a particular species that is prepared and adopted in accordance with Subsections (2) through (5); 

(b) a species management plan, such as a deer or elk management plan adopted under Section 23-16-7 or a recovery plan for a threatened or endangered species, provided that:

(i) the plan identifies sites for the transplant of the species or the lands or waters the species are expected to occupy; and

(ii) the public has had an opportunity to comment and make recommendations on the plan; or

(c) a legal agreement between the state and a tribal government that identifies potential transplants; and

(d) the Endangered Species Act of 1973, 16 U.S.C. Sec. 1531 et seq.

(2) The division shall:

(a) consult with the landowner in determining the suitability of a site for the transplant of a species; 

(b) prepare a list of proposed sites for the transplant of species; 

(c) provide notification of proposed sites for the transplant of species to:

(i) local government officials having jurisdiction over areas that may be affected by a transplant(,) and

(ii) the Resource Development Coordinating Committee created in Section 63J-4-501.

(3) After receiving comments from local government officials and the Resource Development Coordinating Committee, the division shall submit the list of proposed transplant sites, or a revised list, to regional advisory councils for regions that may be affected by the transplants of species.

(4) Each regional advisory council reviewing a list of proposed sites for the transplant of species may submit recommendations to the Wildlife Board.

(5) The Wildlife Board shall approve, modify, or reject each proposal for the transplant of a species.

(6) Each list of proposed transplant sites approved by the Wildlife Board shall have a termination date after which a transplant may not occur.

Citation: U.C.A. 1953 § 23-14-21.

(1) The director, in consultation with the board, the commissioner, and other state agencies with management authority over other state owned land and resources affected by land use planning shall, with public involvement, develop, maintain, and revise land use plans that address the use and conservation of public land in the state.

(2) In the development and revision of land use plans, the director shall:...

(d) make determinations concerning the management, protection, and conservation of plant species officially designated as endangered or threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, on public land...

Citation: U.C.A. 1953 § 63L-8-202.


(a) The general plan shall:

(i) allow and plan for moderate income housing growth; and

(ii) contain a resource management plan for the public lands, as defined in Section 63L-6-102, within the county. 

(b) On or before July 1, 2019, a county with a general plan that does not comply with Subsection (3)(a)(i) shall amend the general plan to comply with Subsection (3)(a)(i).

(c) The resource management plan described in Subsection (3)(a)(ii) shall address:...

(xxiv) threatened, endangered, and sensitive species...

Citation: U.C.A. 1953 § 17-27a-401.

...(48) “Take” means to:

(a) hunt, pursue, harass, catch, capture, possess, angle, seine, trap, or kill any protected wildlife; or

(b) attempt any action referred to in Subsection (48)(a)...

Citation: U.C.A. 1953 § 23-13-2.