The number of bobcats in Utah may have bottomed out a year ago. But some trapping and hunting changes should help the small cats rebound. Wildlife biologists are also recommending that seven new areas in Utah open to beaver trapping.
During the past two years, there have been many changes to federal and state regulations overseeing wolves and wolf management. If you are a Utah livestock owner, you might be wondering what options you have if a wolf attacks your livestock. This document addresses common questions and explains what you can and can’t do.
"Trying to hand feed a baby bird is not a good idea." Birds have a specific diet. Feeding them something that's not part of their diet could kill them. For example, 'the early bird gets the worm' doesn't work in most cases.
"Someone illegally introduced walleye into Red Fleet," says Ed Johnson, aquatics biologist with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. Biologists caught an equal number of walleye and rainbow trout in their nets during surveys this past spring. Several of the walleye weighed more than 6 pounds. Johnson says walleye fishing should be good for the next few years. "Then the fishing for all species, including bass and rainbows, will crash," Johnson says.
The Utah Division of Arts & Museums’ Folk Arts Program announces the Mondays in the Park concert series line-up for 2010. Free performances take place at 7:00 p.m. each Monday night from July 5 until August 23 in front of the Chase Home Museum in Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park.
Hwy. 143, was first designated as a State Scenic Byway in 1990 when former Governor Michael O. Leavitt adopted the program as a way to recognize and promote Utah’s most diverse, unique and scenic highways and back roads for the purpose of attracting new visitors and increasing economic opportunities in communities along designated byways and backways.
Flaming Gorge aquatics leader, Ryan Mosley says rainbow trout were well represented in the nets used to conduct an annual fisheries survey. Many of the rainbows pushed 20 inches in length. They weighed about three pounds each.
On June 19, 2010, the Division of Wildlife Resources will host its annual California condor viewing event. Dubbed "The Day of the Condor," the free event runs from 8 a.m. to noon at an area 21 miles north of Virgin, Utah.
The 2010 Japanese beetle treatment program in Orem is scheduled to take place on one day, June 9, and targets just 46 acres of lawn and open space in Central Orem. This year’s program targets a much smaller treatment area following the discover of only five (5) male beetles last year. This represents a 95% reduction from the previous year.
Art City Days this year is June 5th to 12th 2010. The 2010 theme is "On the Road Again".
Strawberry Reservoir contains four major fishing areas including the Strawberry Basin, Meadows Basin (sometimes referred to Indian Creek Bay), the Narrows, and Soldier Creek Basin.
The USDA-ARS Bee Biology & Systematics Laboratory and Utah State University Cooperative Extension have collaborated to create this first-time pollinator workshop for the public. It will be held June 25, 2010, on the campus of Utah State University in Logan, UT starting at 8:00 am MST.
For the first time in 24 years, you might feel a rainbow trout tugging on your fishing line at Bear Lake. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources will stock about 5,000 rainbows into the lake on May 25, 2010. About 5,000 additional rainbows will be stocked before the July 4 weekend.
Divers have found what appears to be a live adult quagga mussel in Sand Hollow Reservoir. The reservoir is about eight miles southwest of Hurricane in southern Utah. "After the divers made the discovery, two aquatic invasive species (AIS) biologists confirmed that the mussel appeared to be an adult quagga mussel," says Douglas Messerly, regional supervisor for the Division of Wildlife Resources.
Most of Utah's antlerless big game hunting permits are taken in the state's antlerless draw. You can apply for a permit starting June 1, 2010 at wildlife.utah.gov or by calling the nearest DWR office. To get your application in the draw for permits, you must submit it through the Web site no later than 11 p.m. on June 17, 2010. Applications will be accepted over the phone until 6 p.m. on June 17, 2010.
If you're looking for a fun activity that's close to home and doesn't cost much, mark June 5, 2010 on your calendar. June 5, 2010 is Free Fishing Day in Utah. You won't need a fishing license to fish in the state that day.
The DWR, the Stonefly Society of the Wasatch and Utah Trout Unlimited are offering a reward of up to $7,000 to the person who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who put the bass in the reservoir. Biologists have found white bass in the Provo River above Deer Creek Reservoir.
Captured on the Henry Mountains in January, the 40 bison had spent the past four months in the comfy corrals at Antelope Island State Park. Drivers with the Division of Wildlife Resources had to negotiate high winds and a series of rain, sleet and snow storms to get the bison to the release site on the edge of the roadless area in the Book Cliffs.
The Division of Wildlife Resources has launched a new online Mussel-Aware Boater program. In addition to teaching a simple clean, drain and dry process you must follow to keep mussels out of Utah, the program should reduce the time you and other boaters have to spend in line before officials allow you to launch your boat.
In the past few weeks, the ice has melted off all of the lower elevation waters in the basin, including Starvation, Steinaker, Big Sandwash, Brough, Red Fleet and Pelican Lake. Even waters as high in elevation as lakes on Diamond Mountain and Flaming Gorge Reservoir are free of ice. Most of these waters have trout in them. And the trout have responded to the warmer weather. Anglers are enjoying excellent fishing.
Solider Hollow's Gold Course has been selected by the United States Golf Association as the site of the 2012 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship! It will be the first USGA Championship conducted in the state of Utah..
With warmer weather comes an array of questions about yard and garden care, including when to spray apple trees, if and when to apply lawn fertilizer and lawn insect control, and general timing of gardening tasks.
Fishing that will keep your kids excited—and you pulling fish out of the water from the comfort of your lawn chair—is about to begin at Scofield Reservoir. Ice-off is a great time to catch rainbows from the shore at Scofield. Tabatha and her dad show the rainbow trout they caught at the reservoir in May 2008. Scofield is one of Utah's best trout fishing waters. And it's less than two hours from the Wasatch Front.
Are you aware that Southern Utah has the greatest number of reptiles in the state because of its diverse plant communities? Join Ann McLuckie, Wildlife Biologist, on a morning hike in desert tortoise habitat and look for signs of reptiles! Also, learn about their unique desert adaptations during an evening slideshow.
"Fishing is better than it's been in years," says Paul Thompson. Thompson should know. In addition to serving as the Northern Region aquatics manager for the Division of Wildlife Resources, he fishes the Weber River regularly. "I've caught several brown trout in the 18- to 20-inch range this spring. And the mountain whitefish numbers have rebounded in reaches that were hit hard by the drought a couple of years ago," Thompson says.
The biggest Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) in the state is getting underway for the south end of Salt Lake County. The plan, aimed at reducing risks from wildfires, will cover roughly ten miles along the benches and canyons of the Wasatch Front from Big Cottonwood Canyon to Alpine Ridge. The plan will be prepared by a citizen-based committee with the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, U.S. Forest Service and Salt Lake Unified Fire Authority as technical advisors.
Watch the video from the Utah Extension Service.
Five Regional Advisory Council meetings will be held across Utah on April 27. Citizens representing the RACs will take the input received to the Utah Wildlife Board. Board members will use your input to set permit numbers for this fall's hunts.
Utah Prehistory Week is a great time to discover archaeology at Edge of the Cedars Museum. Our annual Four Corners Indian Art Market (Sat., May 1, 9:30 am-6 pm) kicks off the week with traditional arts and crafts, as well as a National Park Service kids' tent with atlatl throwing, rock art activities, and more.
Mike Ottenbacher, regional aquatic manager for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says the ice has melted off several reservoirs in southern Utah. And it will be melting soon at many others.
Bryce Canyon National Park's first annual Utah Prairie Dog Day will take place Friday, April 30, 2010 concluding with an evening ranger program at the Bryce Canyon Lodge, "Prairie Dogs & Other Cool Critters."
You can see and learn more about the goats at a free wildlife-viewing event. The event will be held Saturday, April 10. Free activities for children are also part of the event.
These are suggested vegetable planting dates for an average year along the Wasatch Front. Of course, each season has its own unique weather conditions.
The Division of Wildlife Resources and the Wild Bird Center of Layton will sponsor the free field trip on March 27. If you'd like to participate, meet at the Wild Bird Center of Layton at 5 a.m. From the center, those participating will caravan to an area near East Canyon Reservoir. Participants should dress for the weather and bring their binoculars.
With the longer days and warmer weather, many of you will change gears from snowmobiles, snow skiing, and other winter outdoor activities to ATVs (OHVs), boats and personal watercraft, travel trailers, and other related outdoor activities. It is a good time to assess insurance needs for the personal property you own, rent, or may borrow in your enjoyment of these activities.
The USGS has produced this new series of videos, now on YouTube, that feature the desert tortoise, a native to southwestern Utah.
Samples from big game animals taken this past hunting season turned up something never seen in Utah before - an elk with chronic wasting disease.
Utah cowboys can be among the first in the nation to use the Internet to renew or apply for a livestock brand or earmark. The traditional 5-year renewal cycle for livestock brands is currently under way. This ritual has been part of the Utah West since the 1860's.
This new map helps you explore community fisheries across the state of Utah.
Your neighbor won't be catching and keeping venomous snakes in his house, at least not legally. At their March 4 meeting in Salt Lake City, members of the Utah Wildlife Board voted against a proposal that would have allowed people to collect and keep Great Basin rattlesnakes.