Most of Utah’s black bears have begun entering dens to hibernate for the winter, ending a busy summer of wildlife biologists relocating nuisance bears throughout Utah, according to Utah Division of Wildlife Resources spokesperson Faith Jolley.
In separate incidents on consecutive days last week, first responders made air rescues for two climbers who sustained injuries while climbing in the same area near Professor Valley, both requiring a helicopter for extraction.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a $100,000 challenge to combat white-nose syndrome, a lethal fungus that has killed millions of bats in North America and pushed some native bat species to the brink of extinction. Funding will be awarded to individuals who identify innovative ways to permanently eradicate, weaken or disarm the disease, according to a press release from the agency.
Local off-road groups and businesses teamed up with the Bureau of Land Management’s Moab Field Office to help remediate the iconic Poison Spider trail.
Pleasant weather and a diverse turnout made the Dead Horse Ultra a fun fall race on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Gemini Bridges Recreation Area. More than 800 runners from Alaska to Hawaii and even Canada descended on Moab to run the Magnificent Seven Trails in Gemini Bridges. Runners had their choice of a 50-mile, 50k or 30k course.
Three new conservation projects geared toward helping Utah’s native cutthroat trout were announced Tuesday, Nov. 12, during the annual Utah Cutthroat Slam meeting.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and State Parks personnel were busy during the 2019 boating season, completing almost 300,000 boat inspections in an effort to prevent invasive quagga mussels from spreading from Lake Powell and other infested waters to other Utah waterbodies.
In recent weeks, reports of cougar sightings have increased across Utah, including in urban areas. The cougar, Puma concolor, is known as the mountain lion, puma, screamer or panther. They are readily recognized by their tawny color, white muzzle and long tail.
For 35 years Canyonlands Field Institute has been providing outdoor education opportunities across the Colorado Plateau. This fall CFI collaborated with the Grand County School District to get 230 local students outside learning in their home landscape, according to a press release from the nonprofit organization.
The current statewide mule deer management plan is a five-year plan that was approved in 2014. Because it is due to expire in December, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is proposing a new seven-year statewide plan, along with some other amendments to the hunt drawing process, and is requesting the public’s feedback on all the proposals, according to spokesperson Faith Jolley.
November is the perfect time for wildlife watchers and photographers to see mule deer without spooking them. Because it’s deer mating season, also known as the rut, mule deer bucks spend their energy focusing on does or fighting other males, rather than worrying about people nearby, according to Utah Division of Wildlife Resources spokesperson Faith Jolley.
From Ocean Beach in San Francisco to Sunset Beach in North Carolina, Hannah Wood and Canyon Hunt are about one-third of the way through an epic walk across America.