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Updates on Utah's wildlife from the DWR

Each week the DWR publishes interesting and informative stories about Utah's wildlife. If you want these stories delivered to your inbox just as soon as we publish them, please sign up for our weekly email.

When you should report a wildlife sighting/encounter

Utah's growing population and related expansion have increased the number of wildlife encounters across the state in recent years. However, not every encounter or animal sighting needs to be reported to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

DWR proposes changes to trail camera use, black bear and cougar hunting

The Division of Wildlife Resources is proposing changes to the use of trail cameras and other hunting-related technologies. The DWR is also recommending some changes to black bear and cougar hunting in the state, as well as some other items, and is seeking the public's feedback on the proposals.

Winter season opens Dec. 10 at the Hardware Wildlife Management Area; sleigh rides canceled due to drought impacts and other changes announced

Starting Dec. 10, the education center at the Hardware Wildlife Management Area will be open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Drought this past spring and summer led to some of the lowest hay production ever, and that's forced the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to make some tough decisions and changes at the WMA.

Apply for Utah's spring turkey hunting permits starting Dec. 1

Thanksgiving is a time centered around all things turkey. From cute home decor to deliciously prepared main dishes, turkeys are a big focal point of the holiday. If you like the idea of harvesting your own locally sourced turkey — instead of fighting the crowds to buy one at your neighborhood supermarket — you can start planning now for next year's Thanksgiving feast, and apply for an opportunity to hunt turkeys in Utah next spring.

Quick links
Lee Kay and Cache Valley Shooting Centers
» Shooting centers
Wildlife Blog: Views from DWR employees
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Report poachers — 1-800-662-3337
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Wildlife dates
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Hunter, angler mobile app
Hunter Education: Sign up for classes
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