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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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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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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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Still a chance to hunt cougars

If you don't obtain a limited-entry cougar hunting permit this year, no problem — you can still hunt cougars in Utah. Permits to hunt on harvest-objective units go on sale Nov. 6, 2014.

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Get close to mule deer, Nov. 1

November is the perfect time for wildlife watchers and photographers to get close to mule deer without spooking them. Instead of worrying about humans, mule deer bucks spend their energy breeding or fighting other males. To take advantage of this time of year, Division of Wildlife Resources personnel will host a free Mule Deer Watch on Nov. 1.

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Utah's most prized big game permits

You can apply for next year's most prized Utah big game hunting permits — 2015 sportsman permits — starting Oct. 28. Only Utah residents can apply for sportsman permits.

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Collect bands and coins while hunting

If you enjoy hunting waterfowl or upland game in Utah, you can add something fun to your hunt while helping the birds and animals you pursue. This fall, the Division of Wildlife Resources is offering seven Waterfowl Slams and seven Upland Game Slams.

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Recommended hunt changes for 2015

New opportunities might await deer and elk hunters in Utah in 2015. You can see all of the changes Division of Wildlife Resources biologists are recommending for the 2015 big game hunts on our website.

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Scaled quail released in Utah

Forty quail in southeastern Utah recently welcomed 200 new friends. On Oct. 3 and Oct. 8, biologists with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) released 200 scaled quail in San Juan County.

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Bucks brought through check stations

If you have a Utah rifle buck deer permit, but you haven't taken a buck yet, don't give up. Based on the number of deer that were brought through Division of Wildlife Resources check stations during the opening weekend of the hunt, the number of bucks in Utah is similar to, or higher, than it was last fall.

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