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The mild winter of 2014-15 has played with the routines of migrating waterfowl, but wildlife officials expect there will be something to see during annual Swan Day events. Wildlife biologists say the average high count for Utah is about 40,000 …

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Tundra Swans fly over Salt Creek Waterfowl Managment Area south of Tremonton on Wednesday November 16. The swans are in the middle of their migration with an estimated 40,000 birds stopping over in Northern Utah.  The swans can also be seen in large numbers a few miles south at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. Recreation: Want to see the swans? Get there early
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  • Lynn Chamberlain  |  Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

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  • Courtesy  |  Arizona Game and Fish Department

This wolf was photographed Oct. 27 near the north rim of the Grand Canyon. On Friday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife confirmed through DNA analysis of its feces that it is a female gray wolf from the Northern Rockies that must have migrated 450 miles through Colorado and/or Utah to reach Arizona. Wolf killed in Utah in December confirmed as animal from Grand Canyon
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  • (Franciso Kjolseth  |  Tribune File Photo)  
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Scott Tolentino, Bear Lake Project Leader for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, sent in this picture of an angler holding a 31-inch cutthroat trout caught last weekend at Bear Lake. If the proper information is submitted to the state the fish could be the new Catch and Release Record for cutthroat trout in Utah. The current record 31 1/2-inch cutthroat was caught in 2011 at East Canyon Reservoir. Tolentino said the fish, which was released, also had a tag. “Tagged on June 9, 2010 at the Swan Creek trap.  Female, adipose clipped from a previous stocking, and it was spawned and released.  Have not recaptured this fish since 2010,” Tolentino wrote in an email. Hook Shot: Big Bear Lake cutthroat could break Utah Catch and Release record
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  • Lynn Chamberlain  |  Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

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  • A grizzly bear roams near Beaver Lake in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Wednesday July 6, 2011.  A grizzly bear killed a man who was hiking with his wife in Yellowstone National Park's backcountry after the couple apparently surprised the female bear and its cubs on Wednesday, park officials said. It was the park's first fatal grizzly mauling since 1986, but the third in the Yellowstone region in just over a year.  (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart) Yellowstone bears waking up from hibernation early
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