Updates on Utah's wildlife from the DWR

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What you should know about moose behavior and how to avoid conflicts

You are in the middle of a hike to your favorite waterfall. You come around a corner and notice a large moose in the middle of the trail. What should you do? Here are a few things to know about moose in Utah and how to avoid conflicts with them.

What to do if you encounter a rattlesnake

Rattlesnakes strike fear in the hearts of some people, but they shouldn't. Knowing a little about how these reptiles behave and doing a few simple things can go a long way in keeping you and the snakes safe.

Don't keep illegal reptiles or release pet reptiles, fish into wild

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources biologists and conservation officers are reminding Utahns of the damaging and illegal ramifications of releasing unwanted pet reptiles into the wild, dumping or moving fish into local waterbodies, and housing illegal species.

DWR increases fishing limits at 10 waterbodies in Utah

In anticipation of low water levels due to drought conditions, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources issued emergency changes to Utah's fishing regulations Tuesday to allow anglers to catch and keep more fish at 10 waterbodies around the state.

25 waterbodies to check out on Free Fishing Day

If you'd like to catch a fish in Utah's beautiful outdoors but you don't have a fishing license, Free Fishing Day is the perfect opportunity to give it a try.

Don't touch or take home baby deer or elk that you find in the wild

As you are out hiking and camping this summer, don't be surprised if you come across a deer fawn or an elk calf during late May or early June. If you do see one, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources requests that you not touch, try to feed or take the baby animal home — doing so can have fatal consequences for the animal and could result in injury to you.

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