Wildlife News

Have fun, see wild elk

You and your family can participate in several outdoor activities at this year's Elk Festival. And, if wild elk are pushed into the ranch by cold and snowy weather, you might have a chance to take a horse-drawn wagon or sleigh ride through the middle of the herd.

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Apply for a turkey hunting permit

Even though snow has barely touched the ground in some areas in Utah, one group of Utahns — the state's turkey hunters — are already preparing for next spring. And they have lots of reasons to be excited about next spring.

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See bighorn sheep

You can see Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep up close at the annual Bighorn Sheep Watch. The Division of Wildlife Resources will host the free event on Dec. 6 along the Green River in southeastern Utah.

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DWR launches hunting & fishing app

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources recently launched the free Hunting and Fishing iPhone and Android app. The application is Utah's mobile resource for wildlife events, licenses, permits, and communicating with the Division.

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Utah prairie dog still protected

A recent court decision has left some in southern Utah wondering whether the Utah prairie dog — a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act — is still protected in the state. The answer is yes. Although the court ruling invalidated federal protections on state and private lands, Utah prairie dogs are still fully protected by Utah state law.

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Pheasants still being released

Plenty of days are still available to hunt pheasants in Utah. And thousands of birds are still being released. Utah's pheasant hunt runs until Dec. 7 and hundreds of pheasants will be released on Thursdays or Fridays — just in time for hunters heading out for the weekend.

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Swans are flying into the marshes

Tundra swans are starting to migrate through Utah in good numbers. During an aerial survey on Nov. 4, Blair Stringham spotted more than 12,600 swans on marshes on the northeastern shore of Great Salt Lake.

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Wild turkeys doing well in Utah

Did you know that Utah has a thriving population of wild turkeys? More than 20,000 turkeys live in the state and Thanksgiving is one of the best times of the year to see turkeys in the wild.

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Conference on future of Weber River

It's a puzzling picture: as the population in northern Utah grows, so does the demand on its water. That includes the water in the Weber River and its many tributary streams. How can a finite resource — a river of water — meet the needs of a growing human population?

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Gunnison Sage-grouse decision

A decision to list the Gunnison sage-grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act could hurt the bird more than help it, says the director of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. "Placing the bird under the oversight of the federal government will greatly reduce our ability to help the bird," says Utah DWR Director Greg Sheehan.

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