Maybe carp, wolves and prairie dogs could use some lobbyists because Utah legislators heard a series of requests Thursday for money to help kill them, move them from unwanted sites or keep them away.
The Utah Lake Commission, for example, requested $3 million to help build a plant to process carp into fish meal. It says carp are an invasive species in the lake, and now account for 90 percent of the fish there. It says they decimated the ecosystem, making the lake's water muddy.
Reed Price, executive director of the commission, told the Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environmental Quality Appropriations Committee that removing 1 million carp a year for seven years would restore the lake to a more natural, clean state. The most affordable way, he said, is to build a fish meal plant and lease it to firms to catch and process the fish.