NEW UTAH WILDLIFE AREA ACQUIRED – Sportsmen and hunters are always excited when more public land is acquired.  This means that there will be more areas and more opportunities to pursue animals.  The Utah DWR issued a press release stating that they have acquired more public land.  The land will be used as a Wildlife Management Area.

Public Auction

The Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration offered an auction on the property that they named Cinnamon Creek.  The area got its name from the creek that runs through the property.  The auction began on November 9th and ended this past Tuesday.  The winning bidder on the property was the Utah DWR.  With the help of several groups, the Utah DWR was able to fund the purchase of the property.  These groups included the Mule Deer Foundation, Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, the State of Utah and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“The Cinnamon Creek property provides important public access for hunting, angling and other wildlife-related recreation in northern Utah in an area that is mostly private land,” DWR Assistant Director Mike Canning said. “It also contains important habitat for elk, mule deer, moose, greater sage-grouse and sharp tailed-grouse. In addition, Cinnamon Creek contains a genetically pure Bonneville cutthroat trout population. We will manage the area as a wildlife management area to continue providing crucial habitat for wildlife and will also continue to allow access for hunting and fishing.”

Wildlife Management Area

Wildlife management areas provide many improvement for wildlife.  They provide new areas for hunting and fishing.  They also provide areas to improve depredation of animals, habitat for wildlife, and great winter ranges to help animals survive.

The Cinnamon Creek wildlife management area will be the 193rd management area in the state.  It is an 8,107 acre piece of land west of Ant Flat Road, just north of the Cache/Weber County border.

“We are extremely grateful to all the conservation groups who also realized the significance of this property for wildlife and the public, and contributed funds to allow us to purchase it,” Canning said. “We also appreciate the support of the Utah Legislature — including Rep. Casey Snider, whose district includes this property — throughout this process. It would not have been possible without the contributions and support of our many partners. We are thrilled to have preserved another area for wildlife and wildlife-related recreation.”

Hunters and fishermen alike are excited about this new property acquisition.  What are your thoughts on the new wildlife management area?

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