More wildlife highway crossings, fences installed in Utah

Most Utahns have seen the unfortunate sight of a deer lying dead on the side of the road. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and Utah Department of Transportation are working hard to create more wildlife crossings across various Utah roadways in an effort to decrease wildlife/vehicle collisions around the state, according to DWR spokesperson Faith Jolley, including one on Highway 191 near Monticello that is considered the most successful in the state.

Club seeks help with Christmas Bird Count

On Saturday, Dec. 14, teams of Moab birders will participate in the 120th National Audubon Society-sponsored Christmas Bird Count. In the late 1890s, sporting counts were held. Hunters held annual competitions to see how many birds could be shot, but there was a growing concern over this practice. The newly formed Audubon Society organized what was called a Christmas Bird Census, which eventually became the Christmas Bird Count, according to Marian Eason of the Moab Bird Club.

Wildlife service announces $100,000 challenge to save nation’s bats

Funding to help combat deadly fungal disease

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.

DWR proposes new mule deer management plan, amendments to hunt drawing process

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.