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Wildlife Action Plan helps wildlife

Columbia spotted frogs, cross snaggletooth and American pika are just some of the lesser-known wildlife species in Utah that will receive help through the state's new wildlife action plan. Some familiar species, including Bonneville cutthroat trout and bighorn sheep, will receive help too.

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Fish doing well in Red Fleet Reservoir

Biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources have good news to report: after two nights of electroshocking and using gill nets to capture fish in Red Fleet Reservoir, fish stocked in the reservoir over the past several months are doing well.

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Get ready for the archery deer hunt

The archery hunt — Utah's first major hunt of the fall — starts Aug. 20. If you're one of the lucky hunters who has a permit for Utah's general archery buck deer hunt, plenty of bucks are waiting for you.

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Don't wait to take Hunter Education

If you're a young person, some special hunting opportunities are waiting for you in Utah this fall. If you'd like to participate in the hunts, but you haven't completed a Hunter Education course, don't wait — make sure you complete a course soon.

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Quagga mussel inspections for boats

The upcoming Pioneer Day weekend should be a busy one at boating and fishing waters in Utah. As the weekend nears, Division of Wildlife Resources officers are both happy — and concerned — about what they're seeing at quagga mussel inspection stations in the state. Since the boating season began, the number of boaters stopping at the mandatory stations has improved. However, too many boaters are still 'blowing past' the stations and risking a ticket.

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Vernal open house about deer, Aug. 15

You can learn the latest about the deer herds in northeastern Utah at an open house on Aug. 15. The open house will be a great opportunity to learn more about the herds and share your ideas with biologists.

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Possible cougar, bobcat hunt changes

Cougars and bobcats are doing well in Utah. For that reason, Division of Wildlife Resources biologists are recommending only minor changes for Utah's 2016–2017 cougar hunting season. And, for the bobcat trapping and hunting season, they're recommending no changes: just like this past season, each hunter and trapper could buy up to six permits.

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DWR explains elk hunting change

If you enjoy hunting elk in Utah, some changes — including a new hunting opportunity — are waiting for you this fall. The changes mostly involve the hunting of female elk, also called cow elk.

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Great fishing at high-elevation waters

You can beat the heat, have fun and enjoy breathtaking scenery by grabbing your fishing pole and heading to Utah's mountains. Drew Cushing, Aquatic Section chief for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says high-elevation waters in Utah provide some of the state's best summer fishing. Those waters include lakes in the Uinta Mountains in northern Utah and the lakes on Boulder Mountain down south.

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See mountain goats in unique terrain

You could see as many as 100 mountain goats on Aug. 6. And you might not need binoculars to see them. At some past viewing events, goats have gotten as close as 35 feet to those viewing them. On Aug. 6, the Division of Wildlife Resources will host its annual Goat Watch on the Tushar Mountains east of Beaver.

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