Not the first time UT DWR has released critters on state lands surrounded by federal lands, nor will it be the last. It's a bit of a NEPA loophole...
A long time ecologist I worked with in UT stated that the rare/sensitive plant issue was brought up by one person years ago before the first transplant. He said it got, at most, a shoulder shrug in response...
This is will provide lots of talking points/coverage for those in Utah in favor of state ownership of federal lands.
Hadn't realized how heated of a topic this has become.
Gotcha. I assumed they were the same issue in two different places.