Utah bill would ban recreational fishing, hunting in outdoor spaces

Utah lawmakers approved a bill Tuesday that would ban the use of fishing, fishing in parks, hunting and camping in outdoor areas.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mike Lee, R-Utah, would prohibit recreational fishing in state parks, which include national parks and the Grand Canyon National Park, and requires parks to limit outdoor activities to only those activities that are allowed under federal regulations.

It would also prohibit hunters from carrying firearms in parks.

The measure, SB 1285, is the latest effort to tackle Utah’s hunting ban, which was enacted in 2016.

Utah has the third-highest hunting permit population in the country, behind Alaska and Montana, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.