Animal welfare groups in Utah opposed to crow hunting proposal

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SALT LAKE CITY – Animal welfare groups are working in opposition to legal crow hunting in Utah, which is scheduled to begin in September.

Wildlife officials moved to approve crows for hunting earlier this year, and the hunt runs from September 1 to September 30 and from December 1 to February 28. The final decision will be made next week.

Officials with the Humane Society of Utah and the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah have launched petitions, and they want the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to present more data regarding why it should be legal to hunt crows.

In a previous press release, DWR officials stated crows can damage fruit, corn and grain crops in parts of Utah. The animals also raid nests and steal eggs from other birds. Officials also said crows damage trees and cause disturbances in urban areas.

Animal advocates called those statements anecdotal and said there needs to be more evidence. They also said the fact that crows resemble ravens, which are a protected species, raises concerns that hunters may accidentally kill ravens instead of crows.

FOX 13 News’ Gene Kennedy spoke with Humane Society officials as well as wildlife officials about the issue, see the video above for their comments.




  • Mick14513

    Ravens/Crows are ancient symbolic signs of communication for MANY Native American cultures. To permit the deaths of these animals is tantamount to shooting eagles. Do not do this; They have done nothing to upset the natural balance of our everyday life.The law may be on your side, but, at the end of the day – you will not feel fulfilled in any way.

  • Cassandre Olson

    ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!! Crows are magnificent and magical creatures and if this goes into effect many people are to blind to know the difference between a Raven and a Crow. Such as in the image those are Ravens. This is an absolute outrage!

  • karenlyonskalmenson

    and our species dares to consider itself “superior”…NOT

    if you want to go hunting, build a time machine and go back to the stone age!!!!!

  • Laurella Desborough

    This proposal to allow shooting of crows does seem to make no sense. Crows are smart birds and deserve to be allowed to live their lives in the wild as they have for centuries. It is a shame that some people simply want a reason to go out and shoot some live creature. Crows certainly do not do as much damage to native wildlife as feral and free roaming cats!!! And if people are concerned about their orchards, let them cover the trees with screening. Crows don’t need to die because of the reasons given by the state agency officials. When these agency officials come out with a proposal to deal with feral and free roaming cats, then maybe we can support their agenda. Otherwise, let the wildlife be…

  • Laura

    Where’s the fairness, where is even one tiny bit of human dignity? Nature’s system is millions of years in the making and the animals do their very difficult jobs impressively well, and with far more honor than humans have shown. People need to stop behaving like power-hungry ruthless pillagers of the planet, and one good step towards that goal would be to stop this scheduled snipers’ fest permanently.

  • Eric Mills

    I thought “blood sports” were illegal in Utah. Apparently not. Shame! There’s truly only ONE “nuisance” animal on the planet: Homo sapiens.

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