Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

2021 Declared "Year of the Shorebird"

May 18, 2021

On This Green Earth, Ella Sorensen, manager of the Gillmor Audubon Sanctuary, and Don Paul, a biologist for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources join the show.

They come on to discuss Utah Governor Spencer Cox's declaration to make 2021 the “Year of the Shorebird”.

Rob Follett

After a cold winter season in Park City, locals can finally begin to enjoy the warmer Spring weather. But people aren’t the only ones out and about during Spring. 

Over the past couple weeks there have been a number of wildlife sightings in Park City. 

The Park City Police Department has gotten calls about mother moose and their calves in roadways and elk trying to cross the road. Last Wednesday, the department got two calls in the morning and evening about large groups of elk trying to get across traffic on S.R. 224.

Tania Knauer

Springtime in the Rockies means migration of humans camping, hiking, and recreating in national forest service lands. It's also a time when wildlife is highly vulnerable and weakened from the winter season.


The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is issuing advice to help humans coexist with wild animals as they move through the late winter and early spring conditions.


On this episode of This Green Earth:

Adam Brewerton with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources talks about the outbreak of salmonella that is happening in songbirds throughout the pacific northwest. 

He will share what we can do to recognize infected birds, and how we can help the outbreak from spreading by keeping our backyard feeders clean. 

On today's Local News Hour:

(07:16) - Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District Director Mike Luers and long-time board member Jan Wilking have details on the opening of new treatment plant at Silver Creek.

(21:25) - Park City Council member Steve Joyce has a recap from yesterday's meeting.

(43:33) - Division of Wildlife Resources Communications Director Faith Heaton Jolley has details about the annual hunting season that opens this weekend.

Jim Pankow

 A moose was rescued after a passerby discovered it in a building foundation hole in the Summit Park neighborhood on Tuesday.  First responders and DWR biologists, with the help of a Summit Park resident, were able to safely extract the moose from the hole, leaving the animal to rest under a tree nearby before wandering into another neighbor’s yard to continue foraging.

Utah DWR

People are isolated, home from work and school and using the outdoors as an escape from the drudgery of the Stay-At-Home order. Utah’s wildlife is in a tenuous spot this time of the year and it’s important for people to stay away from wildlife management areas or face citations.

Utah DWR

Two Park City locals have organized a Go Fund Me page that is accumulating thousands of dollars which will be used as reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for killing five to six bull elk in the hills above Bitner Road.

KPCW reported last week that at least five of the elk were killed with a 22-caliber bullet. Wildlife officials say using this type of weapon would have caused a slow, tortuous death for the animals. DWR officials have not confirmed the cause of death of the sixth bull elk.

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Six dead elk were discovered in the Snyderville Basin area near Bitner Road. Most of the elk were found by a Division of Wildlife Resources Officer while making a routine trip to observe the herd.

Utah DWR Conservation Officer Jonathan Moser says five of the six dead elk appear to have been shot by a 22-caliber bullet. He says it is an inappropriate weapon to use on an animal the size of an elk and it results in a long, painful death.

Utah DWR

Summit County’s District 53 Representative Logan Wilde is sponsoring a House Continuing Resolution to prevent the introduction of wolves into the state of Utah.

Republican Representative Logan Wilde sits on the House Natural Resource committee and introduced the continuing resolution bill 19 to assert a position statement opposing the reintroduction of wolves to Utah.

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The House Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee held a hearing on Friday morning adopting a resolution to protect and restore wildlife corridors in Utah. The resolution is sponsored by House Republican Mike Schultz from Hooper. A Park City local on the board of Save People Save Wildlife gave her testimony at the hearing.

Utah DWR

House Bill 228 is one of two predator wildlife management bill which is winding its way through the legislature. It passed out of committee this week and awaits scheduling on the house floor.

House Bill 228 sponsored by Republican Casey Snider from Paradise takes an existing rule and codifies it into law allowing livestock growers and designees to kill predator species on public land. Snider did not respond to KPCW in time for this story.

Utah DWR

House Bill 125 is one of the  predator wildlife management bills  moving through this year’s legislative agenda. House Bill 125 expands the use of hunting predators to manage ungulate herds such as elk and deer.

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.