Phil Tuttle - DWR

Those looking to collect antler sheds from now until mid-April are required to complete a certificate from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

Wildlife Protection Laws Are Seriously Enforced

Oct 2, 2019


Hunting season is upon us and DWR law enforcement is in the field checking licenses. So far this year about 70 fishing and hunting licenses have been suspended throughout the state.

KPCW has this report explaining how sports persons can stay in compliance with wildlife management laws and regulations.

DWR Enforcement Officer, J Shirley says once a license is revoked or suspended for wildlife resource violations, the repercussions can be lasting.

Animal Trapped Illegally On Park City Trail

Jul 31, 2019
PCPD-trap confiscated / PCPD

The Park City Police Department responded to a call of an animal caught in a trap on a popular biking trail near Park City Mountain. They also received a report of a man found dead in a stairwell in an apartment complex in the Park Meadows neighborhood.

A little after 7 AM on Sunday morning, a hiker reported a small animal trapped by the foot on the popular Silver Strike trail which connects the Spiro trail with the Park City Mountain Resort base area. 

Amy Roberts

A Park City woman found a fawn lying motionless on a Prospector trail last weekend. Out of compassion for its suffering, she told KPCW she took the young deer to her home, planning to call authorities who would likely euthanize the animal. She contacted the Park City Police Department,  the DWR and an animal rehabilitation organization. She was issued a citation for taking the animal out of the wild and bringing it home.

Steve Gray / Utah DWR

Officers with Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources are beginning to get reports of black bear sightings, as the animals emerge from their winter hibernation.

KPCW checked in with a spokeswoman for the DWR, to get some tips about how to be safe when camping or recreating in the forests and mountains.

Faith Jolley, a PIO for the Wildlife Division, said recreationists in the forests need to remember that they’re in the bears’ neighborhood.

Grizzly bears are long gone from this state, they inhabit Wyoming or Montana.

Utah DWR

The ponds at Deer Valley have been stocked and are ready to be fished. It took a little longer this year for the ice to melt but they’ve already introduced hundreds of rainbow trout into the ponds at Deer Valley.

Manager, Chris Crockett says they ‘ll be stocking a variety of fish in preparation for Free Fishing Day on June 8th.

New Fishing Experience For Utah Anglers

May 3, 2019
Utah Division Of Wildlife Resources

What’s biting on Utah’s lakes and rivers this spring? What does the hatch look like on the Weber? What water ways have recently been stocked? The nearly 7000 anglers living in Wasatch and Summit Counties have a new tool that’s been designed to help them find a favorite fishing spot. They can go on to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources newly designed website and see data, details and descriptions before they head out fishing.

Wildlife Bridge Open But Not To People And Pets

Dec 14, 2018
John Gleason -UDOT

UDOT officials and representatives from the DWR, Division of Wildlife Resources, gathered Thursday morning to celebrate the official opening of the first Wildlife Bridge in the state. The irony of the event is that it’s really a closing because the message was clear from all those at the event. Now that it’s open, people and pets need to stay away.  Carolyn Murray was there and has this report:

Moose Exhibiting Aggressive Behavior

Sep 10, 2018
Dave Cushing Moose in Iron Canyon

The leaves are changing colors on the mountain side which means Fall is on the doorstep.  It also means moose are in their mating season, which is known as the rut. KPCW has received reports of dangerous human interactions with moose near one of Park City’s popular hiking trails. Carolyn Murray has this:  

Alan Ward-DWR

The summer angling season is in swing in the Wasatch Back and the Uintah Basin.  Strawberry Reservoir is located in Wasatch County and DWR Biologists will begin to monitor fish populations such as the Utah Cutthroat, Rainbow Trout and Kokanee Salmon.  Biologists report huge Cutthroat being captured in the spawning traps and this requires changes in managing these native fish populations. Carolyn Murray has this:

Wildlife Babies Should Not Be Disturbed

May 17, 2018

May and June is the calving season here in the Wasatch Back.  As many of us head for the outdoors, there are  things we can do to protect the newborns in the wild.  Wildlife Resource experts remind us of campsite practices to keep our own families safe as well. Carolyn Murray has this:

Mountain Lion Sighted in Park City - Twice

Aug 16, 2017

Mountain lions were sighted in Timberlake last week and over the weekend in Park City. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources didn’t get confirmation of the sighting and so at this point – nothing has been done. KPCW’s Melissa Allison has more.

  Wildlife officials have captured the bear that had made itself at home in the Aerie subdivision on Wednesday.

An opportunity to provide comment on a proposal to capture and collar mountain goats in three wilderness areas on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is now available to the public.

The 30-day comment period started Wednesday and will run through June 23rd.  The proposal, submitted by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to the Forest Service, includes landing helicopters in the Twin Peaks, Lone Peak and Mount Timpanogos wilderness areas to capture and collar the animals, allowing DWR personnel to take biological samples and track goat movement.

A mountain lion found in Summit Park was shot by state Division of Wildlife Resource officers Sunday morning, after it killed one dog and wounded its companion. A DWR spokesman says it's their policy to euthanize a cougar once it has harmed a human or animal. Rick Brough has more.