In an attempt to manage Utah's wildlife populations, officials are seeking public input as they propose an increase in some hunting permits and a decrease in others.
Offering more spike bull-elk hunting permits, a few more mountain goat permits and fewer buck deer permits are among ideas that Utah Division of Wildlife Resources biologists will share at upcoming public meetings.
Biologists are recommending an increase in the number of general spike bull-elk permits from 13,750 to 15,000 for this fall's hunts, while once-in-a-lifetime mountain goat permits could increase from 111 to 133.
"Overall, Utah's big game animals are doing well," said Anis Aoude, big game coordinator for the DWR. "There are plenty of opportunities to hunt big game in Utah."