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Deer, sheep hunting on Utah island may continue

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A hunt for mule deer and big horn sheep on Utah's Antelope Island may be extended for an additional five years.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A hunt for mule deer and big horn sheep on Utah's Antelope Island may be extended for an additional five years.

The Standard-Examiner of Ogden reports the hunt could be continued through 2017 through a proposal being considered by state officials.

The hunt was allowed last year for the first since time since the state took ownership in 1981. It was reauthorized for this year.

Two permits are issued for each animal, with one for each animal auctioned to the highest bidder. Last year, the auction raised more than $280,000 for the park.

The hunt is being opposed by Davis Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau as well as the nonprofit Friends of Antelope Island.

The Utah State Parks Board could make a final decision as early as this fall.

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Information from: Standard-Examiner

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