Division of Wildlife Resources

The Hunters Helping Condors program incentivizes hunting with non-lead ammunition to help protect an endangered species of bird, the California Condor.  This large vulture almost went extinct and has since been reintroduced in several parts of North America, including southern Utah.  Condors feed on carrion, including meat from hunted animals, and can develop fatal lead poisoning when exposed to remains shot with lead bullets.  With only around 500 California Condors alive today, reducing lead exposure is crucial to the species’ recovery.

Each fall thousands of salmon feel their internal clocks tick, and begin a perilous journey upstream to spawn. Spawning salmon look nothing like the silvery, trout-shaped fish you would catch when fishing for salmon in a reservoir.

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Bighorn sheep don’t sound good coughing. And biologists warn it’s the sign of sheeps’ number one killer - pneumonia.

During a camping trip with his Boy Scout group, a young boy was injured in Hobble Creek Canyon Tuesday morning after a black bear wandered into his campsite, according to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

California Condor Recovery: Slow But Steady

May 28, 2019

Soaring thousands of feet above the sandstone cliffs and spires of the desert, California Condors look for their next feeding opportunity. For these prehistoric birds, however, the next meal could be their last.

Hayley Glassic

Bear Lake, on the Idaho-Utah border, is sometimes referred to as the “Caribbean of the Rockies” due to its turquoise-blue waters. Locally famous for its Raspberry Festival, boating opportunities, and fishing, Bear Lake is also home to several species of fish found nowhere else in the world. In a recent study published in the journal Freshwater Biology, researchers from Utah State University have determined that falling water levels are negatively impacting these fishes.

2. Fishes of Bear Lake

Mar 4, 2019

This episode of Science Utah features stories from UPR's Riana Gayle and Niall Clancy. Tune in to  hear about northern Utah's Bear Lake, its fishes, and what's being done to conserve them.

Cache Valley Deer Take Helicopter Ride

Mar 7, 2018
Female mule deer were captured for testing to compare with data from last December
Bronson Teichert

Biologists from Division of Wildlife Resources are working with a helicopter crew to locate and capture female mule deer. The deer had tracking collars put on last December.

Wasatch mountains in eastern Utah.

Authorities say a leaping elk brought down a research helicopter trying to capture the animal in the mountains of eastern Utah.

Wasatch County authorities say the elk jumped into the chopper's tail rotor as the craft flew low, trying to capture the animal with a net.

DWR Officers Focus On Stopping Poaching This Winter

Dec 13, 2016
The Division of Wildlife Resources



The conservation officers at the Division of Wildlife Resources have one goal this winter: protect Utah’s mule deer from poachers.


Biologists Put A New Twist On The Easter Egg Hunt

Apr 3, 2015
Rick Fridell

Children all over Utah love spring and hunting for Easter eggs. Chris Crockett, the native aquatics project leader for the Division of Wildlife Resources is hoping to start a new spring tradition - hunting for Columbia spotted frog eggs.

That’s right. Crockett and the Division of Wildlife Resources, with the help Hogle Zoo, have even created an app called “Amphibians of Utah” for people to download so they can be citizen-scientists and help identify various species.