Wildlife

DWR

Bear and human interaction have been more frequent than normal this past year. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources recently issued a notice letting people know that even though they are hibernating right now, people in the back country should still be bear aware.

DWR experts  talk about bear biology and what outdoor recreationists should know about human and bear contact.

DWR K9 Team Sniffs Out Poachers

Jul 26, 2019

Earlier in July, DWR Conservation officers stopped 254 vehicles near Strawberry Reservoir. They issued 30 citations and seized 47 fish that were taken illegally. The operation included 14 officers and a black Lab named Cruz.

DWR K-9 Officer, Josh Carver has an 82-pound chocolate Lab that is with him 24-7. Carver’s dog, Carlo wasn’t involved in the Strawberry Reservoir fish operation, but he’s had success in other fish and wildlife recovery operations. He also can track people which can have several applications for the DWR, law enforcement and search and rescue.

DWR K9 Team Sniff Out Poachers

Jul 26, 2019

Earlier in July, DWR Conservation officers stopped 254 vehicles near Strawberry Reservoir. They issued 30 citations and seized 47 fish that were taken illegally. The operation included 14 officers and a black Lab named Cruz.DWR K-9 Officer, Josh Carver has an 82-pound chocolate Lab that is with him 24-7. Carver’s dog, Carlo wasn’t involved in the Strawberry Reservoir fish operation, but he’s had success in other fish and wildlife recovery operations. He also can track people which can have several applications for the DWR, law enforcement and search and rescue.

Utah DWR

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources received 27 reports of bear encounters in 2018, yet it’s mid-July and they’ve already had 25 reports of bears rummaging through campgrounds, playgrounds, back yards and garbage cans. 

Moose Are Prevalent In Park City's Neighborhoods

Mar 21, 2019
Joanna Kahn

 

The Park City Police department received five calls involving moose last week. They all are related to the large animals wandering neighborhoods and causing a variety of safety issues for residents.

The wildlife calls came in over five days. One concerned resident in Park Meadows told dispatch that a moose was seen limping through the neighborhood streets foraging on trees.

Another Park Meadows resident on Quaking Aspen was concerned about a moose that had taken up residence for about a week in their front yard and was threatening their dogs.

UDOT

With winter ending, moose and other wildlife are feeling the stress of this year’s deep snow pack and food scarcity. Last week, the Park City Police blotter recorded a half dozen calls reporting wildlife concerns. They ranged from the elk herd trying to make dangerous road crossings, a baby moose lying in the middle of a Prospector neighborhood road, to an adult moose trapped in a back yard.

Diane Naylor

 

A woman who lives in Pine Brook had a run in with a bull moose in their driveway last week. The moose was startled, and the family dog was kicked.  The family wants to share the experience and encourage people to be vigilant during this time of year.

Laura Francese has enjoyed watching the bull moose grazing and bedding down in her yard this winter. Earlier that day, she saw him in her front yard a fair distance from her house. 

Ehrick Burnl Photography

In December, the Swaner Preserve live video camera captured images of an elk being ostracized by the herd due to a piece of black mesh stuck on his antlers. In the weeks since they first observed the herd behavior, lots of people have kept close tabs on the health and welfare of this bull elk. Carolyn Murray has this report:

Executive Director of the Swaner Preserve and Eco Center, Nell Larson said they’ve been watching this bull trying to figure out what could be done to help the animal.

UDOT Image Of Wildlife Crossing

Utah's first overpass built solely for wildlife crossings is set to open today.

The overpass which spans six lanes of interstate was built this summer to improve safety on I-80 and help reduce the number wildlife and vehicle collisions.

The Utah Department of Transportation coordinated with the state Division of Wildlife Resources before building the project to look at wildlife migration patterns and habitat as well as the width requirements of the overpass.

Moose Wanders Into Bald Eagle Home

Jun 25, 2018
Sheri Prucka

For Sheri and Matt Pruka, the meaning of Moose House doesn’t just refer to the old school downhill mountain bike trail between Park City Mountain and Deer Valley Resort.  Carolyn Murray has this:

Moose in Iron Canyon -Dave Cushing

Seeing Moose in this part of the Wasatch Back is common.  Spotting moose on the trails is one thing but in Park City, they’re often seen wandering up Swede Alley or grazing in the round-about on Deer Valley Drive.  Some of Utah’s wildlife experts are keeping watch on the moose that inhabit the region from Parley’s Canyon to Duchesne.  

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

A resident of Rockport saw some hunters shooting deer from the roadway on State Routh 32 near the State Park.  It turns out the hunters were cited by the Division of Wildlife Resources on a couple of counts.  Carolyn Murray has more: