Gator hunting permit deadlines approaching

Xplore Utah Jun-10-2013
By Janet McConnaughey, The Associated Press - Mon, Jun 10, 2013 2:18 pm
NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana and Mississippi residents who want to go after alligators this fall have deadlines coming up. Louisiana residents who want to take alligators from some state wildlife management areas and some land belonging to the Army Corps of Engineers have until Thursday to get their applications in. Other deadlines are later. The deadline for all hunts is June 17 in Mississippi, where... Read more.

Getting a lift

Xplore Utah Jan-08-2014
By Jeff DeMoss, Standard-Examiner staff - Wed, Jan 8, 2014 3:45 pm
ANTELOPE ISLAND STATE PARK — At first, Dave didn’t seem very pleased to be stuck in a trailer. The mature bighorn sheep slammed his thick, curled horns into the side of the metal enclosure, creating a loud banging sound that rang out across the open field. He soon calmed down, however, and grudgingly accepted his new surroundings. After flying through the air for several minutes, perhaps he was... Read more.

Divers help save fish in Southern Utah reservoir

Xplore Utah Dec-04-2013
By Standard-Examiner staff - Wed, Dec 4, 2013 3:42 pm
BEAVER — Richard Hepworth couldn’t stand the thought of seeing the big trout in Minersville Reservoir disappear. And neither could the organizations and individual anglers he approached for help. Located just west of Beaver, Minersville Reservoir is one of southern Utah’s most popular Blue Ribbon fisheries. Every year, the reservoir attracts thousands of anglers from Utah and Nevada. They come to... Read more.

Wild turkey populations thriving across Utah

Xplore Utah Nov-26-2013
By Standard-Examiner staff - Tue, Nov 26, 2013 6:14 pm
Many Utahns don’t know the state has a healthy population of wild turkeys. Among those who do know about the population, Thanksgiving isn’t the only reason they’ll be thinking about turkeys later this month. One of the best times of the year to see turkeys is almost here. And so is a chance to apply for a turkey hunting permit for spring 2014. Jason Robinson, upland game coordinator for the... Read more.

New program challenges Utah waterfowl hunters

Xplore Utah Oct-15-2013
By Standard-Examiner staff - Tue, Oct 15, 2013 4:44 pm
This year, waterfowl hunters can help improve waterfowl management areas in Utah while putting a new feather in their cap. The Utah Waterfowl Slam challenges hunters to harvest specific types of waterfowl during the 2013–14 season. This season is the first time a program like this has been tried in Utah. Division of Wildlife Resources biologists have outlined four different slams. To complete a... Read more.

Black bear found exploring boats at Lake Powell

Xplore Utah Oct-03-2013
By The Associated Press - Thu, Oct 3, 2013 5:22 pm
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah wildlife officials have relocated a baby black bear that was exploring boats and mingling with visitors at Lake Powell last weekend. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that boaters near Face Canyon spotted the animal on the beach last Friday and climbing on houseboats on Saturday. Park rangers finally chased the 30-pound bear away from the beach, but the animal returned hours... Read more.

Making the long journey home

Xplore Utah Sep-03-2013
By Jeff DeMoss, Standard-Examiner staff - Tue, Sep 3, 2013 7:47 pm
It’s not as grand a spectacle as Alaska’s mighty king salmon run, or even the annual migrations of the Idaho steelhead — but Utah has a salmon run of its own that it still quite a sight to behold. Every September at several locations in the state, kokanee salmon in brilliant red hues migrate up certain streams where they were born to spawn and die, completing the circle of life just like every... Read more.

Flammulated owls a specialty of the Wasatch Mountains

Xplore Utah Jul-02-2013
By Kristin Purdy - Tue, Jul 2, 2013 6:22 pm
The sun has barely relinquished its hold on the sky. Twilight transforms lush green aspens and firs into foreboding black shapes that whisper threats with each breeze, and scratch against the night. A Swainson’s thrush perches on an ancient snag and pumps his melodious “reeger-Reeger-REEGER!” into the gloaming until the night quiets him. The song is meager antidote to the paranoia that lions! and... Read more.

Be wary of rattlesnakes during summer months

Xplore Utah Jun-20-2013
By Standard-Examiner staff - Thu, Jun 20, 2013 3:18 pm
People in shorts and flip-flops aren’t the only creatures coming out to bask in the summer sunshine. Warm weather means cold-blooded animals are becoming more active, and that includes Utah’s only venomous snake — the rattlesnake. Seeing a rattlesnake in your yard or in the wild can be a frightening experience, but it doesn’t have to be. If you respect the snake and give it some space, there’s... Read more.

Utah ready to take over if gray wolves are delisted

Xplore Utah Jun-11-2013
By Standard-Examiner staff - Tue, Jun 11, 2013 4:58 pm
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made an announcement last Friday that could lead to the state of Utah managing gray wolves that make their way into the state. Whether or not Utah has any wolves, however, is unclear. The USFWS announced that a rule to remove gray wolves from the Endangered Species list has been placed in the Federal Register for comment. Comments will be accepted for 90 days.... Read more.
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