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5 wild animals you may not know live in Utah

Many Utahns have seen deer, jackrabbits and a variety of birds while recreating throughout the state. But the Beehive State is home to a whole host of animals that you may not even know about. Here are five wildlife species that you may not have realized live in Utah.

Tips to help stay safe around rattlesnakes

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 hike off the trails or bike at the Eccles Wildlife Education Center

You hear the warbling of a bird and turn to see an avocet near the shoreline. Several geese fly overhead and you smell the earthy marsh as you stroll through the wetlands in Farmington Bay. If you come to watch birds or get some exercise on the nature trail loop at the scenic George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Wildlife Education Center, please make sure to stay on the trails and remember that bicycles are not allowed.

Rule change simplifies collection of non-venomous native reptiles, amphibians

Spotting a lizard sunning itself on a rock adds a bit of excitement to any outdoor adventure. For some people, collecting amphibians or reptiles that they find in the wild is a popular activity. On Thursday, the Utah Wildlife Board approved a new rule that makes it easier to do just that.

Want to catch a big fish? Here are 3 Utah lakes to check out

Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 8, making it a great time to get outdoors and introduce someone to a fun, relaxing hobby. But if you want to add a little extra excitement into your relaxation, try fishing in an area where you have better odds of catching a big fish. Here are three Utah waterbodies where you have a good chance of catching a big fish and where you can have success without owning a lot of expensive fishing gear or a boat.

4 tips for staying safe in bear country

Utah is bear country and they are amazing animals. But most of us probably wouldn’t feel comfortable coming face to face with one in our campsite. Here are a few simple tips to keep both you and the bears safe while you are out recreating in their territory this summer:

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