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Beavers in Utah

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How conservation officers spend busy season

How conservation officers spend busy season

We rely heavily upon the recreating public to act as our eyes and ears. Without you, we could not effectively protect the public’s wildlife resources.


Stopping time

Stopping time

My shaking hands quickly worked another arrow out of my quiver and adjusted my sight pin. I waited for things (mostly myself) to calm down until the buck turned broadside again, about five yards in front of where he stood before.


Living relics

Living relics

The first cutthroat entered the water on May 17. About 4,000 fish have been stocked so far this year, with 6,000 more to be stocked in the fall. As many as 20,000 additional cutthroat trout are expected to arrive over the next two years.


Relocating commotion-causing beavers

Relocating commotion-causing beavers

It turns out, without houses and businesses and schools in the mix, the things beavers do are powerfully transformative — and potentially healing — to the environments in which they live.


The paths of pelicans

The paths of pelicans

The details of the Pelitrack maps show unequivocally that the paths of pelicans predict water. On their seasonal journeys north and south, and during other wanderings, pelicans fly from water body to water body where they rest and refuel by cooperatively foraging for fish. Zoom in on any Pelitrack path and you will find lakes, reservoirs and rivers.


Utah’s famous desert hole-digger

Utah’s famous desert hole-digger

Caring for a tortoise is like having your own desert dinosaur in the backyard, and it might even outlive you!


Catch-and-kill orders for northern pike in Utah Lake

Catch-and-kill orders for northern pike in Utah Lake

By catching and killing pike, you’re helping conserve the June sucker, as well as protect popular sportfish opportunities. All northern pike caught in Utah Lake or its tributaries must be killed immediately.


Fishing adventures and cutthroat conservation

Fishing adventures and cutthroat conservation

Another project that will be completed using Cutthroat Trout Slam funds involves removal of the Porter Fork weir, which is a fish barrier in Mill Creek Canyon. Revenue from the Cutthroat Slam will be combined with grant money from the National Forest Foundation to remove the weir.


Transforming desert landscapes

Transforming desert landscapes

This stream now boasts >600 fish per mile and has several fish growing over the 18-inch mark. Due to the lack of fishing pressure, or what I call “education,” these fish will take about anything.


Extreme fish stocking

Extreme fish stocking

So, then I had to figure out exactly how to get the fish down to the stream.  I asked a few co-workers with horses whether they would be able to help, but none of them had time during that part of the year.


Elk hit. Elk down.

Elk hit. Elk down.

Wow. Holy smokes. I was almost having an out-of-body experience. I couldn’t quite understand this as I walked up to this huge and beautiful creature. To be able to hike around the same places the elk frequent and learn so much about them and their environment was an amazing experience. I love the mountains.


The one that got away

The one that got away

When conditions are right, cats can cease to be flesh-and-blood animals and become an ethereal, ghosting presence on the land.