The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is looking for foster families for nearly 3,000 pheasant chicks. The DWR’s Dean Mitchell said the chicks will need families to care for them from May through October, when they will be released to state wildlife and waterfowl management areas.
“The purpose behind this program is to really get people interested in wildlife and engaged in wildlife and wildlife conservation here in Utah,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell explained the program will be used to counter years of declining pheasant populations.
“We want to provide some opportunity for the hunting public out there with some of these birds, while at the same time trying to help local populations of pheasants out there as well,” Mitchell said.
Those who volunteer will be required to cover the cost of feeding, housing and vaccinating the birds.