Wildlife

Coexisting With Wildlife During A Drought

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Just as humans must learn to adapt to changes in water availability during a drought, so must wildlife. Less water means less available habitat for wildlife, and since Utah is home to a sizable number of wildlife species, prolonged drought can create a perfect storm for human-wildlife conflict at the urban-wildland interface. 

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The Monarch and Other Winged Wonders Festival will happen on Thursday in Nibley. We’ll preview the event next time on Access Utah. We’ll learn about Monarch butterflies, bats, bees, fireflies, night pollinators, dragonflies and birds. We’ll talk about the decline in some of these species and how we can help. And we’ll discuss how being in nature can improve our health and well-being.

Just as humans must learn to adapt to changes in water availability during a drought, so must wildlife. Less water means less available habitat for wildlife, and since Utah is home to a sizable number of wildlife species, prolonged drought can create a perfect storm for human-wildlife conflict at the urban-wildland interface.

engineering.usu.edu

Researchers from Utah State University and Iran are collaborating to help restore one of the world's largest saline lakes- Lake Urmia. 

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Middle Fork is a popular Wildlife Management Area in Ogden Valley. However, due to mistreatment, camping on part of the area has been closed. 

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Utah State University’s Ecology Center hosted a speaker this week, who covered bird migration and one of the world’s most prevalent invasive species: the domestic cat.

ID Salmon Workgroup Ends, Considered 'Stepping Stone' Toward Recovery

Jan 5, 2021
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A group convened by Gov. Brad Little to address the dire situation for salmon and steelhead numbers has finalized its recommendations and should release a final report next month.

Be Aware Of Wildlife This Winter Season

Dec 22, 2020
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Winter is a time of reduced food supplies and covers for most wildlife. Just as we humans prepare for winter, so must Utah's wildlife. To survive winter wildlife must either hibernate, migrate or adapt.

Charles Uibel

An undeveloped island in the Great Salt Lake was donated to the state earlier this month, providing new recreation opportunities and protecting more wildlife habitat.

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The U-S Forest Service will allow prairie dogs to be eradicated in what had been a protected section of the Thunder Basin National Grassland in northeastern Wyoming. Conservation groups say that makes it almost impossible for the endangered black-footed ferret to recover in the U-S.

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Wildlife in Utah face many challenges, and the newly formed Utah Wildlife Federation hopes to protect wildlife across the state.

Wildlife managers across the West have a new tool when it comes to protecting iconic big game. A new report published by the U-S Geological Survey provides detailed maps of G-P-S tracked migration routes for mule deer, elk, pronghorn, moose and bison.

Dinner: A Love Story

Pulitzer prize winning New York Times reporter Charles Duhigg joins us in the first half of the program today. Duhigg’s book “The Power of Habit” explores the science of habit formation in our lives, companies, and society. His book “Smarter Faster Better” explores the science of productivity. Duhigg says that in today’s world, it’s more important to manage how you think, rather than what you think. (Encore broadcast from 2011). 

How Close Is Too Close To Wildlife?

Sep 15, 2020
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In recent weeks curious but misguided wildlife watchers and national parks have unfortunate encounters with wildlife. The Wildlife watchers were using their smartphones to video and photograph wildlife.

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Irresponsible recreation, particularly when camping, can endanger you and your family as well as other campers. If a wild animal receives a food reward, it will likely seek out other areas frequented by humans for food. This behavior can result in human injury as well as the removal or death of wildlife.

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Wyoming took a big first step toward blazing a new trail on managing big game migration corridors when Gov. Mark Gordon signed an executive order last week.

How A Colorado Wolf Iniative Could Effect Utah

Feb 12, 2020
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Wolves are a pillar of the image of the “wild west."  Throughout the years, wolves have been going on and off the endangered species list . In November, a citizen initiative in Colorado will be voted on to decide whether or not to introduce a wolf pack into the state’s wild. If passed, we could see the effects of it here in Utah.

Winter In The Wild: How Animals Prepare

Dec 26, 2019
Red Fox in snow; Red Foxes are a Utah species that stays active during the winter. They hunt small animals that dwell in subnivean tunnels. According to Michelle Segars, a naturalist educator for Stokes Nature Center, you might just see this in action.
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How The New Wild Horse Plan Could Affect Utah

Oct 8, 2019
Bureau of Land Management

Congress is getting closer to approving an updated plan for managing the increasing number of wild horses in the United States. The proposed bill increases the budget for the Bureau of Land Management by $50 million.

U of U Press

Reimagining a Place for the Wild contains a diverse collection of personal stories that describe encounters with the remaining wild creatures of the American West and critical essays that reveal wildlife’s essential place in western landscapes. Gleaned from historians, journalists, biologists, ranchers, artists, philosophers, teachers, and conservationists, these narratives expose the complex challenges faced by wild animals and those devoted to understanding them.

Coalville Ranchers Finding Success Preserving The Land

Jan 3, 2019
One Utah ranching family is being recognized for their efforts in preserving the land.
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The Leopold Conservation Award recognizes achievement in conservation and one Utah ranching family is being recognized for their efforts in preserving the land.

How Wildlife Biologists Are Trying to Save Christmas

Dec 14, 2018
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With Christmas Day fast approaching, Santa and his reindeer are making their final preparations to visit all well-behaved boys and girls. And while we’re sure Dasher, Dancer, Donner and Blitzen have been well fed before their long journey, the same can’t be said about their free-roaming cousins. 

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Before men ruled the earth, there were wolves.

Once abundant in North America, these majestic creatures were hunted to near extinction in the lower 48 states by the 1920s. But in recent decades, conservationists have brought wolves back to the Rockies, igniting a battle over the very soul of the West.

Cougars in Green Canyon near North Logan have wildlife experts working to keep the area safe. Listen to what you should do if you see one.
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You can find hikers, bikers and sightseers in Green Canyon all day, year round. According to Utah State University wildlife specialist Terry Messmer, houses are moving closer to the mountains and to wild animals.

Large brown bull moose standing in a wildflower field.
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Wildlife experts are warning outdoor enthusiasts to be aware of potential encounters with moose, deer and other big game. 

Separated crossing implemented in Banff National Park
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Wildlife collisions can be very dangerous for drivers and for animals.

Corinna Riginos is a conservation scientist at The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming studying wildlife collisions with ungulates like elk and golden eagles. The two are more closely related than you might think.

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Torrey Gleave, a local photographer, was at Farmington Bay when he saw something odd.

Utah prairie dogs are given looser protections.
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Wildlife managers under the Trump administration are loosening contentious endangered-species protections for Utah prairie dogs in a plan that's worrying for animal advocates but cheered by people in southern Utah who said their town was overrun.

The new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plan makes it easier to develop private land, even it means prairie dogs are removed or killed.

South Canyon Sage-Grouse on Wild About Utah

Jan 26, 2018
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At 3:00 a.m. on a frigid winter morning Nicki Frey, an extension associate professor in the Department of Wildland Resources at USU, leads a group of new biologists who are trapping west of Bryce Canyon. 

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Last Saturday 3 intrepid young families joined us for a morning with the Stokes Nature Center slipping and sliding along a canyon trail to discover animal and plant adaptations to survive the winter. 

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