Wildlife is all around us, from the songbirds flitting around our backyards, to trout rising from a rushing river, to nimble mountain goats scrambling up Utah's highest peaks. As passionate stewards of our state's fish and wildlife, we work with community partners and outdoors enthusiasts to ensure our ever-changing landscape will support healthy fish and wildlife habitats for generations to come.
We are dedicated to keeping Utah's wildlife wild.
- Wildlife managers protecting habitats for the people we serve and the species we manage
- Biologists removing invasive plants to reduce the severity of wildfires
- Biologists replanting watersheds to provide healthy habitats for waterfowl and spawning fish
- Conservation partners restoring native plant species for deer and elk foraging and shelter
- Purchasers of land and easements to ensure public access for hunting, fishing, hiking and other recreational activities — as well as providing a place for wintering wildlife
- Aquatics scientists fighting to prevent the spread of invasive aquatic mussels and keeping fish species disease-free
- Biologists supporting the recovery of native fish and wildlife species
- Geographic information specialists using cutting-edge technology and research to make data-based decisions that help wildlife
- Administrators strategically allocating fees from fishing and hunting licenses and permits to directly fund conservation efforts
- Hatchery personnel stocking fish for you to catch
- Hunters selectively harvesting to meet the objectives of healthy and thriving animal populations and funding conservation
- Conservation officers protecting our communities and tracking down poachers
From Utah's snow-capped mountain ranges to our spectacular red rock deserts, we are conserving fish and wildlife species and preserving crucial habitats every day. We are Team Wildlife.
What we do isn't possible without the support and engagement of Utah's outdoors adventurers like you. The majority of our funding comes from federal and state excise taxes on hunting and fishing gear, and from the DWR sales of fishing and hunting licenses and permits. Additionally, partnerships with conservation and outdoors groups provide crucial funding and form the backbone of our shared mission to preserve and protect wild spaces and species.
Your voice and participation in ensuring wildlife stays wild plays an important role in our decision-making process, from deciding what kinds of fish are stocked at your local community pond, to the state-wide conservation priorities voted on by our legislators.
Hunting & wildlife management