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Best Memorial Day Weekend fishing

Biologists have some exciting news about the bonytail: the rarest of the endangered fish that live in the upper Colorado River system. For the first time since work to recover bonytail started in the 1980s, they're raising their own young in the wild.

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Black bear safety tips

A fun camping trip can turn into a tragic experience if you do things that lure bears into the area where you're camping. Fortunately, it's easy to reduce the chance that a bear comes your way if you follow these safety tips.

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See cutthroat trout, May 28

Right now, many of Strawberry Reservoir's cutthroat trout are migrating up the Strawberry River to spawn, but you don't have to be an angler to get a close look. Biologists from the DWR are hosting a free cutthroat trout viewing event on May 28, 2016.

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Still time to hunt turkeys in Utah

If you'd like to get into Utah's backcountry and hunt turkeys this spring, but you don't have a permit yet, no problem: there's still plenty of time to hunt. And plenty of permits are available. Utah's general statewide turkey hunt runs until May 31. Jason Robinson, upland game coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says reports he's received from the field indicate turkey hunting has been excellent this spring.

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Complete winterkill at Calder Reservoir

After seeing and hearing reports of dead fish along the banks of Calder Reservoir, biologists set nets to determine the extent of the die-off. "We set three nets," says Ryan Mosley, biologist with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR). "The only fish we caught were dead ones that floated into the net. The reservoir experienced a complete winterkill."

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More deer permits, new elk permits

Depending on which unit you applied for, you might have a better chance at drawing a permit to hunt buck deer in Utah this fall. And, if you obtain written permission to hunt on private property, a new cow elk hunting experience is waiting for you this year. The Utah Wildlife Board has approved 12,010 private lands only permits.

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Catch cutthroats, earn a medallion

A new program might take you to places in Utah you've never fished before. In the process, you'll also learn about cutthroat trout, the only trout that's native to Utah. The state's Cutthroat Slam is underway. If you register for the program and catch all four of Utah's cutthroat trout — Bear River, Bonneville, Colorado River and Yellowstone — you'll receive a medallion and a certificate.

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Rare fish spawns in the wild

Biologists have some exciting news about the bonytail: the rarest of the endangered fish that live in the upper Colorado River system. For the first time since work to recover bonytail started in the 1980s, they're raising their own young in the wild.

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Hunt turkeys starting May 2

A chance to get into Utah's backcountry in the spring — when colorful tom turkeys are strutting and gobbling — is almost here. Utah's general statewide turkey hunt starts April 29 for those who will be 17 years of age or younger on July 31. On May 2, the hunt opens to hunters of all ages.

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What to do if you find a baby bird

It's not unusual to find a baby bird on the ground this time of the year. Ron Stewart, regional conservation outreach manager for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says young birds often leave their nests before they're able to fly. "They usually spread along the branch of a tree and call for their parents to bring them food," he says.

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