Environment

There are 42 threatened or endangered species that call Utah home. These species are protected by federal law through the Endangered Species Act. However, the Trump administration recently announced some big changes to the act, which may have a large impact on those species.

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Beginning August 28, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources will be adding rotenone to several lakes and streams in the Eastern Uinta Mountains aimed at helping eliminate invasive species that threaten the populations of Colorado River Cutthroat trout. 

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Many Utahns are familiar with the species Anabrus simplex, though they may not know it by that name. According to folklore associated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in the spring of 1848 these little critters attacked newly planted crops that were vital for the survival of Mormon settlers. 

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As more people recreate in Utah's outdoors, the chance of encountering wildlife also increases.  Whether that encounter will be positive or negative depends on what people know about living and recreating near and in wildlife's habitat.  

Litter Problem Burgeoning At Utah's National Parks

Jul 17, 2019
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Utah’s national parks are having more visitors, but unfortunately, they are leaving more trash. 

Tourism - And Vandalism - Are On The Rise In Utah

Jul 16, 2019
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It’s early morning at Sand Flats Recreation Area as a small group of people makes their way over sandstone and brush. Usually, visitors to Sand Flats bring their mountain bikes or off-road vehicles. They’re recreators in search of the internationally famous trails over slick rock. But this particular group of people - walking with notebooks and sturdy shoes - is searching out something else.

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Cache Valley and the Bear River Range that borders its eastern edge are anomalies - especially considering the abundance of water coursing through its canyons and valley bottom.

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Everyone who lives in Utah is aware that we have plenty of mule deer. If you’ve lived here for any appreciable amount of time, you’ve probably seen gopher snakes and maybe even a quail or two, but there are some wildlife species here in Utah that are a little harder to glimpse.

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The Clean the Darn Air Initiative is civilian-proposed legislation aimed at providing resources to state facilities to clean Utah’s air pollution. Yoram Bauman holds a PhD in economics and is a co-founder of the initiative.

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A baby California condor has been spotted in far northern Arizona. The Peregrine Fund says one of its biologists confirmed the nestling last week at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument.

It's the first hatching of a bird in the wild during the current breeding season. The Peregrine Fund says the condor likely is two months old.

California condors are making a comeback in the wild three decades after they were on the brink of extinction.

The first birds raised in captivity were released at Vermilion Cliffs near the Arizona-Utah line in 1996.

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Last year, the Dollar Ridge Fire in Ashley National Forest burned over 100 square miles of land in Utah, including several state wildlife management areas, destroying several guzzlers that help supply water for wildlife during the dry season. 

'The History Of The Bear River' on Wild About Utah

Jun 14, 2019
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The Bear River meanders almost 500 miles from its headwaters in Utah's Uintah mountains to its mouth at the Great Salt Lake, making it the longest river in North America which does not enter an ocean.  Instead, the Bear River serves as the main source of fresh water for The Great Salt Lake. - a vast terminal lake in the great basin with no outlet except evaporation. 

Bear Confrontations: How To Handle And Avoid Them

Jun 11, 2019
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It goes without saying, bears are dangerous, especially if you don’t know what to do if you meet one in the wild. The Utah Department of Wildlife Resources has issued an annual caution with some pointers on what to do in such a situation.

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Now that it’s spring, I have a few tips for you about some things you can do around your yard and garden to help encourage the nesting and food supply for our native pollinators. 

'The Mighty, Mighty Herpers' on Wild About Utah

May 29, 2019
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Everywhere we go, people want to know, who we are, so we tell them- we are the herpers, the mighty, mighty herpers! Stumbling around the desert with fishing poles in hand. Hot, dry, no water within miles. A casual observer might question our sanity. But here’s the deal. We have full control over our mental faculty.

Rebirth Of Spring For Animals And Humans

May 25, 2019
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For most wild animals, spring is the time of year when the seasonal cycle is renewed.  Spring birthing and nesting is adaptive in that the young are born when the conditions are favorable, and food resource is most abundant, increasing the chance of survival.  While some learn survival from one or both parents, others normally receive little or no parental care. 

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Utah scientists recently discovered a bee species that only collects food from death camas, a toxic flowering plant. This is the only known species that can collect pollen or nectar from death camas, which means it is the only known pollinator for this unique species.

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Federal, state and tribal water managers are marking completion of a long-negotiated plan for 40 million people and vast irrigated farms to share crucial Colorado River water despite ongoing drought in the arid U.S. Southwest.

Interior Department official Tim Petty, Bureau of Reclamation chief Brenda Burman and representatives from seven states met Monday at Hoover Dam to commemorate an agreement spurred by nearly 20 years of drought and shrinking reservoirs.

President Donald Trump signed the so-called "drought contingency plan" last month.

'The Utah Firefly' on Wild About Utah

May 17, 2019
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A lot of people are surprised to know that we have fireflies in Utah, but we actually have them in 20 of the 29 counties, that we’ve discovered so far.  People are often surprised that they’re here, and they think that they’ve just arrived but they haven’t.  

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Wild horses are an iconic symbol of America's West but ecologists say they are damaging our ecosystems and reproducing at an alarming rate. According to Dr. Terry Messmer, a professor of wildland resources at Utah State University, the United States has a horse problem. 

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Federal officials and environmentalists are working together to boost protection for a rare poppy that is only found in southern Utah.

The U.S. Forest Service, Utah Valley University and The Nature Conservancy are examining how to manage the dwarf bear-poppy or bearclaw poppy, which has been on the decline for 40 years, The Spectrum & Daily News reported Friday.

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If visitors find locations in Utah’s National Parks, where very little man-made sounds are heard, it can be a breathtaking experience.  A park visitor may canoe along riparian habitat and hear a variety of bird calls, or hike a trail and come around a bend to see a few deer jump over the sage-brush.

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One of the most exclusive and dramatic hiking spots in the southwestern United States could see bigger crowds under a new proposal unveiled Wednesday.

The Bureau of Land Management is weighing increasing its daily visitor limits from 20 to 96 people a day at The Wave, a popular rock formation near the Utah-Arizona border.

A 6-mile (9.5-kilometer) round trip hike through tall sandstone buttes and sage brush is required to get to the Wave, a wide, sloping basin of searing reds, oranges and yellows in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument.

'As A Child I Loved Nature' on Wild About Utah

May 3, 2019
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As a child I loved nature. Not liked: loved. I consumed it. I learned the names and types of animals especially, from all over the world. My love was ceaseless, carefree, and itself consuming.

A Closer Look At Declining Yellowstone Wolf Numbers

Apr 29, 2019
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Recent reports that the number of gray wolves in Yellowstone National Park has dropped caused concern among the animal's supporters, but the park's top biologist says there's no reason to sound the alarm. 

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