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Master of Science (MS)
Utah has a unique history of pioneer settlement connected to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This history has become a source of pride that began with the first white settlers. I have come to call this the “deseret pioneer” identity, to differentiate from other western settlers. From the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, politicians and agriculturalists used this “deseret pioneer” identity to thwart federal protections for wolves and respond to wilderness policies that made Utah the only “rocky-mountain” state to not have wolves in the twenty-first century.
Lytle, Mason, "Subduing the Wolf: Utah Pioneer Identity and the War on Wolves Between 1852 and 2020." (2023). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations, Spring 1920 to Summer 2023. 8902.
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