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Message From The President

Ryan Foutz

Exciting things are happening with Utah's Wild sheep program. First we are excited to announce Dustin Schiable as the "New" full time sheep coordinator. This is a newly created position within the DWR that will provide the attention wild sheep need to grow and thrive amid the many different challenges they face. Dustin comes from the southern region as a biologist and has a passion for wild sheep. Dustin will be over the entire sheep program statewide, but will work with biologists within each region to coordinate projects, transplants, & guzzler work, etc. We look forward to working with Dustin as a partner to enhance Utah's wild sheep populations.

Second, we raised $518,500 in 2013 through the conservation permit program. Many of you know funds are critical and allow DWR & UFNAWS the funding transplants, guzzlers, disease research, and conversions for critical separation for domestic and wild sheep. Third, Utah FNAWS was honored to host the 6th annual Sheep in Salt Lake City June 6-8th, 2013. 16 Chapter affiliates from across the country and Canada attended the meetings and events over the weekend. This has been an annual meeting hosted by different chapters each year. The Wild Foundation under the direction of Gray Thornton has done an excellent job bringing the chapters together for a common purpose, i.e. "One Tent One Campfire". We were able to tour Antelope Island to view California Bighorns and other wildlife and received first class treatment from park manager Jeremy Shaw, and Steve Bates, wildlife biologist for the Island. A special thanks to Lee and Carol Howard for the Dutch oven lunch that was provided.

Upon our return from the Antelope Island tour we held a small auction and silent auction to help raise money for our predator program. $17,000 was raised because of some very generous bidders and donors. Thanks to John Bair for being a world class auctioneer and comedian, and to all of the chapters who generously donated money and merchandise. UFNAWS will continue to pay a $1000 bounty for Mountain Lions harvested on the San Rafael units and Escalante to help stop the decline in sheep in these units.