Wildlife News

Tips for staying safe in cougar country

If you live in an area that has mule deer in or near it, cougars may be in the area too. John Shivik, mammals coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says deer are the main animal cougars prey on, especially in the winter.

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Don't feed the deer

Even though it's part of nature, watching deer struggle through deep snow — trying to find something to eat — can be tough to watch. As snow starts to fall in Utah, however, Division of Wildlife Resources biologists are issuing a plea: Don't feed the deer.

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Giving young people a chance to hunt

On Dec. 6, members of the Utah Wildlife Board approved an unlimited number of special youth archery permits. If they've passed Hunter Education and have a bow and arrow, hunters 18 years old and younger are guaranteed a chance to hunt buck deer in Utah next fall.

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The perfect Christmas gift

Looking for that perfect gift for the angler or hunter on your Christmas list? If so, a Utah fishing or hunting license might be the answer. These licenses make great Christmas gifts. And they're easy to buy.

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Possible falconry changes

Rules that guide how falcons are used to hunt wild game in Utah will be discussed at an upcoming series of public meetings. After you've reviewed the ideas, you can let your Regional Advisory Council members know your thoughts.

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Free mule deer viewing event

If winter arrives, you could see as many as 100 mule deer at a Dec. 8 viewing event near Price. The Division of Wildlife Resources is sponsoring the free mule deer watch from 3–6 p.m. that day.

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Watch bighorn sheep near Green River

Early December is the perfect time to see Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. That's why Division of Wildlife Resources personnel have chosen Dec. 1 as the day to hold Utah's annual Bighorn Sheep Watch.

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Cold ice means hot fishing

That's right — those "crazy" people you see standing on the ice at waters across Utah in the winter aren't so crazy after all. They know a layer of cold ice means hot fishing in the water just under it.

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Learning more about burbot

If you see nets and other sampling gear in the water at Flaming Gorge Reservoir this fall and winter, don't be alarmed. The equipment is part of a project to learn more about burbot that were released into the reservoir illegally.

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Greg Sheehan named DWR Director

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and the Utah Department of Natural Resources are pleased to announce the selection of Greg Sheehan as the new director of the Division of Wildlife Resources. Sheehan, a department employee with 20 years' experience, has been the DWR's Administrative Services chief since 2002 and has served in key advisory and administrative roles for some of the agency's most notable successes.

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