Utah is doing something that only a few other states are doing: real-time tracking of wildlife. And now some of that data will be available to the public via a new website that launched Tuesday, March 3, according to Utah Division of Wildlife Resources spokesperson Faith Jolley.
Those who live in Cache County might see a helicopter buzzing about the foothills for a day or two in early March. And, that might lead to a few questions: Why is the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources using a helicopter in the area? Isn’t that stressful for deer and other wildlife? And why is it OK for the DWR to use a helicopter when they close wildlife management areas to the public during the winter?
The Bureau of Land Management published six draft supplemental environmental impact statements on Friday, Feb. 21, for management of Greater Sage-Grouse habitat on public lands in seven western states, highlighting the process undergone in 2019 to develop plans that reflected the needs of western communities and Greater Sage Grouse habitat, according to a statement from the BLM.
In an effort to increase consistency and to allow for multiple land use, the Utah State Parks Board recently passed a new rule that allows for expanded hunting opportunities within state parks, according to Utah Division of Wildlife Resources spokesperson Faith Jolley.
The number of honeybee hives and those who keep them was cut in half in Grand County over the past year, according to Honeybee Inspector Gerry Shue.
Wild swans are currently winging their way through Utah. Both tundra swans and trumpeter swans, which are more rarely seen, stop in Utah’s wetlands for some much-needed rest and refueling during their annual spring migration. The migration takes the swans from wintering grounds in California to nesting sites in Canada and Alaska.
Thirty-seven conservation groups representing millions of members sent the Bureau of Land Management a letter on Friday, Feb. 14, requesting additional time to comment on the agency’s proposed grazing regulation revisions.
The Department of the Interior on Friday, Feb. 14, announced another round of $3.2 million in grant funding for 11 western states, bringing the department’s and other stakeholders’ support of big game species habitat conservation and scientific research for migration corridors and winter ranges to more than $22 million, said the department in an emailed statement.
After northern pike were placed in Utah Lake illegally, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has been asking anglers to catch and kill the invasive predators. But now there is one exception: Anglers who catch a northern pike with a red tag should report it to the DWR and then let the fish go, said DWR spokesperson Faith Jolley in an email.
A second Moab deer has died and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources officials are reminding the public not to feed deer or other wildlife after corn kernels were discovered in the gut of a deer that recently died of chronic wasting disease in the Moab area, according to a statement from Faith Jolley, UDWR spokesperson.
With more than a third of documented cases of chronic wasting disease in Utah deer occurring in the Manti-La Sal unit — which includes the deer living in and around Moab — officials with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources are concerned about the abundance of urban deer in Moab, especially with the prevalence of CWD in the region.
The Great Salt Lake is known for its incredibly high salinity levels that allow people to float, but many might not be aware of its multi-million dollar brine shrimp industry and how the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources manages it to help balance a unique ecosystem, said DWR spokesperson Faith Jolley.