Utah agency makes $300K payment for hunter access

Utah agency makes $300K payment for hunter access

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah's wildlife division has agreed to pay a sister state agency $300,000 to allow hunters and anglers to continue using its land.

Budget cuts earlier this year prompted the state Division of Wildlife Resources to cut its annual $579,000 payment to the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration.

The wildlife agency has agreed to a partial payment to the trust lands administration this year but will ask state lawmakers in January to make up the difference.

The annual payment is part of a 10-year agreement between the two agencies that began in 2007.

The agreement provides hunters access to most of the 3.4 million acres controlled by the trust lands administration. In exchange, the agency agreed not to make any business deals that would keep hunters off the land.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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