Dry Weather Drops Revenue at Wildlife Dept.

Dry Weather Drops Revenue at Wildlife Dept.

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The drought is adding to the troubles faced by Utah's Division of Wildlife Resources.

The agency, like every other state agency, is having to deal with budget cuts in the tough economic times.

But Utah has also been through four years of drought, which is cutting down the demand for fishing licenses -- one of the division's key moneymakers.

There was a 16-percent drop in fishing license sales last year -- equal to a (M)million dollars.

No one in the division has been laid off. But some public programs are being cut. And there are 30 job vacancies around the state -- those spots just won't get filled. Other workers are having to pick up the slack.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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