Updates on Utah's wildlife from the DWR

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Plan ahead to decontaminate boats encrusted with mussels at Lake Powell

If you own a large cabin cruiser or houseboat that has been in a slip at Lake Powell for more than a couple of weeks, you will need to do some advance planning and preparation before you can take your boat out for an afternoon on the lake, especially if it will be leaving from Page, Arizona or Big Water, Utah.

Utah Wildlife Board approves 2019 big game hunts

The Utah Wildlife Board approved the 2019 big game hunting permit numbers, as well as several new hunts during Thursday's meeting. The recommended number of hunting permits each year is based on a few factors.

4 good places to watch birds in Utah this spring

Spring is here, which means wildlife migrations are in full swing. Bird-watching is a great opportunity to get outdoors and see a wide variety of wildlife — and enjoy the fun challenge of trying to identify them!

What to do if you find a baby bird on the ground

It's a beautiful spring day so you decide to go for a walk. You are strolling along the sidewalk in your neighborhood when suddenly you hear some loud chirping near your feet. You look over and see a small baby bird lying on the ground near a tree trunk. What should you do?

Gila monster named state reptile

Utah has long had a state flag, a state emblem and even a state cooking pot. (It's the Dutch oven.) Now, with Wednesday's signing of HB144, Utah officially has a state reptile: the Gila monster.

Don't let dogs chase wildlife

Utah wildlife often struggles to find food during winters that have heavy snow. By spring, many animals are vulnerable and weak. So if you are planning to take your dog on hikes this spring and summer, make sure your pet doesn't chase or harass any wildlife.

2018 forest grouse hunt isn't over yet

December can be a great month to hunt forest grouse in Utah. As the state's big game hunts wind down, upland game hunters have more of the mountains to themselves. For forest grouse hunters, that means more time in higher elevations during the last month of the hunt.

Report hunting violations

With most of Utah's hunting seasons in full swing, wildlife officers are asking hunters and anglers — and others who are in the outdoors too — to watch for illegal hunting activities. That includes hunters shooting animals but not retrieving them, shooting after dark or any activity that seems suspicious.

Wolverine found in Rich County

Even though it was hit and killed by a vehicle, the fact a wolverine was in northern Utah is exciting to staff with the Division of Wildlife Resources. "This wolverine was not transplanted to Utah," says DWR Director Greg Sheehan. "It made its way here on its own. It's amazing to see the diversity of wildlife we have in Utah expand even more. Particularly, such a charismatic and mythical species as the wolverine."

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