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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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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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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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See mountain goats

As snow gets deep in the winter, mountain goats along the South Slope of the Uinta Mountains move down onto ridges that are exposed to the sun. The southern sun, steep terrain and the wind help clear the ridges of snow. That provides a great wintering area for the goats — and a unique viewing opportunity for people.

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See tundra swans, March 14

Seeing and hearing just one tundra swan is enough to take your breath away. Imagine seeing and hearing hundreds of them. You might at Tundra Swan Day on March 14.

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Prairie dog plan ready for review

A plan to manage a prairie dog species that's found only in southwestern Utah is ready for review. Since 1973, the Utah prairie dog has been listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act. In late 2014, a ruling in federal court returned management authority for Utah prairie dogs — that are not on federal land in Utah — back to the state.

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Apply for a bear hunting permit

If you want to hunt or pursue black bears in Utah this year, you need to submit an application no later than March 2. You can apply for a bear hunting or a bear pursuit permit online. To be included in the draw for permits, your application must be received through the website no later than 11 p.m. on March 2.

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Apply now! Time is running out

This fall's deer hunt could be one of the best Utah's hunters have seen in years. If you want to participate, you need to submit your application soon. Applications to hunt deer, and other big game animals in Utah, are due online no later than 11 p.m. on March 5

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Watch the sky turn white

It's a sight you have to see to believe: thousands of white snow and Ross' geese lifting off Gunnison Bend Reservoir amid honks and the beating of wings. You can see this spectacle yourself on Feb. 27 and 28 at the annual Delta Snow Goose Festival. The festival will be held at and near Gunnison Bend Reservoir, just west of Delta. Admission is free.

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General Season turkey permits on sale

If you want to experience the thrill of hunting a strutting, gobbling tom turkey, but you don't have a hunting permit yet, no problem — permits to participate in Utah's general turkey hunt are now on sale.

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