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What to do if you find a bat in your house

Though most Utahns probably associate bats with fall and the Halloween season, you shouldn't be surprised if you find one in your home during the summer months. Utahns may see more bats this time of year because the baby bats (also called pups) are learning to fly and leaving their roosts for the first time. Here's what you should know about bats in Utah and what to do if you encounter them.

DWR recommends changes to 2021–22 cougar hunts

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is proposing a few changes to 2021–22 cougar and bobcat hunting seasons and is seeking the public's feedback on the recommendations.

See some of North America's smallest birds up close at hummingbird banding event

If you've been outside this summer, you've most likely witnessed a few hummingbirds eating at a feeder or visiting some other nectaring spot for a midday meal. If you want to see these incredible birds up close though, you should consider attending an upcoming Utah Division of Wildlife Resources event.

DWR asking Utahns to report otter sightings

In an effort to learn more about where river otters are located throughout Utah in order to better manage the species, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is asking the public to report any otter sightings.

2 new members named to the Utah Wildlife Board

Two new members were recently confirmed to the seven-member Utah Wildlife Board and will help approve the rules and regulations regarding hunting, fishing and wildlife management in the state.

How to stay safe around bison

With summer in full swing, many Utahns are heading to the outdoors for recreation. While you are hiking or camping this year, particularly on Antelope Island, there are some important safety tips you should keep in mind if you encounter a bison.

Razorback suckers may be reclassified as threatened under ESA; Scott and Norma Matheson Wetlands Preserve project helping the fish recover

Due to a lot of hard work and partnerships among several state and federal organizations, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to reclassify the status of the razorback sucker from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act. A recently completed project at the Scott and Norma Matheson Wetlands Preserve in Moab is playing a big role in helping this unique fish species to recover.

19,025 boats inspected for quagga mussels during 4th of July weekend

While many celebrated the nation's independence over the Fourth of July weekend, law enforcement officers and technicians for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources across the state were busy working to keep something else free — boats free of invasive quagga mussels after leaving Lake Powell.

Drought, hot temperatures prompt increased fishing limits at additional Utah waterbodies

In anticipation of low water levels due to drought conditions and hot water temperatures, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources issued more emergency changes to Utah's fishing regulations Thursday, July 1. Those changes will allow anglers to catch and keep more fish at some additional waterbodies around the state.

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