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DWR hosts annual Loon Watch

The common loon — an almost mythical bird built for diving and with a haunting voice — stops in northeastern Utah every spring. You can learn more about this unique bird on April 4, as the Division of Wildlife Resources hosts its third annual Loon Watch.

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View strutting sage-grouse on April 11

The "bloop, bloop" sound that male sage-grouse make, as they strut on their breeding grounds, is one of the most unique sounds you'll ever hear in nature. You can hear and watch this ritual yourself at a free wildlife-viewing event in east-central Utah that will take place on April 11 at Emma Park.

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Deer herds focus of public meetings

The Division of Wildlife Resources will hold two open houses to discuss deer management strategies in south-central Utah on March 31 and April 1, 2015. The meetings will specifically cover the following units: Plateau, Boulder; Plateau, Fish Lake; Plateau, Thousand Lakes; and Monroe.

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Fishing heats up early this year

Drew Cushing, warm water sport fisheries coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says a warm winter has caused warm water and cool water fish — including bass, walleye, panfish, catfish and pike — to get active sooner this year.

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Utah prairie dog plan approved

If you own land where Utah prairie dogs live in southwestern Utah, action taken on March 5 might affect you. That day, members of the Utah Wildlife Board approved the Utah Prairie Dog Management Plan for Non-federal Lands.

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More deer hunting permits possible

The number of mule deer in Utah is growing. If you're a deer hunter, that's great news: it might mean more chances to hunt deer in the state this fall. Division of Wildlife Resources biologists are recommending a total of 87,050 general deer hunting permits for this fall's hunts. In 2014, a total of 84,800 permits were offered.

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It's gonna be a hoot!

For the first time in Carbon and Emery counties, the Division of Wildlife Resources will sponsor a special "Listen to the Owls Night." The free event will be held March 21.

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Boats must exit I-15

If you're in southern Utah — and you're transporting a boat north on Interstate 15 — you must exit the freeway at the port of entry just south of St. George. After exiting the freeway, technicians with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) will ask you some questions to determine if your boat might be carrying quagga mussels. They'll also inspect your boat, to see if any quagga mussels are attached to it.

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Fish in Utah Lake need your help

When fish are taken from one body of water, and placed illegally in another body of water, bad things can happen. Mike Slater, regional aquatic manager for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says a population of northern pike, placed in Utah Lake illegally, is rapidly growing in size. And that could spell trouble for sport fish and endangered fish that live in the lake.

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Learn how to hunt wild turkeys

If you'd like to get into the backcountry and hunt turkeys this spring, but you're not sure how to get started, free seminars across Utah will show you the way. The Division of Wildlife Resources has teamed with several organizations, including The National Wild Turkey Federation and Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, to offer five seminars this spring.

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