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For years, southern Utah ranchers have worried about bison eating the grasses their cows depend on to survive the winter. Turns out something closer to the ground may be bigger competition for the food: rabbits. Utah State University researcher Dustin …

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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. Utah insists wolf-coyote confusion won’t be a problem
    Utah wildlife managers and state attorneys insist Utah’s controversial coyote bounty program does not conflict with the Endangered Species Act. But at...
    Updated Jan 11 2015 08:00 am   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah woman shreds the slopes 102 months in a row — and counting (with video)
    September is the hardest month. The snow from the previous season is gone, and winter hasn’t quite started yet. Becky Nix’s string of consecutive mont...
    Updated Jan 21 2015 05:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
A snowboarder hucks into the air at Snowbasin Ski Resort Sunday, January 22, 2012 while enjoying blue skies and the 22inches of new snow on the runs. Heavy snowfall within the past 24 hours has created a high danger of avalanches all along the Wasatch Mountains Recreation: Now’s the time to learn to ski or snowboard
    The idea of learning to ski or snowboard can be intimidating. There is the physical requirement aspect or the fear of sliding uncontrollably down a mo...
    Updated Jan 07 2015 05:47 pm   |     |   Share
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    This picture represents the Golden era of the stage performance They Reminisce; The mid 1980's to the 1990's is known as the golden era of hip hop. This era represents a block parties and club dances. Performed in a cypher (or circle of dancers). BBoy Fed: Reaching & Empowering Local Teens Through Non-Traditional Dance
    Designer by day, ‘BBoy’ extraordinaire by night, it’s how those who know 33-year-old Joshua Perkins might describe him. Josh is great at his job as ...
    Updated Jan 05 2015 11:41 am   |     |   Share

  • Clayton Butler, adventurer whose wife died in Utah BASE jump, dies in Hawaii fall
    A Salt Lake City man died while paragliding in Hawaii, less than a year after his newly wed wife died while BASE jumping in Zion National Park. Clayto...
    Updated Jan 24 2015 10:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Brett Prettyman  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Where in Utah was this photo taken? Email your guess to outdoors@sltrib.com for a chance to win a book. Where in Utah was this photo taken? Email your guess to outdoors@sltrib.com for a chance to win a book
    This week • Email your guess about where this photo was taken, along with your name and address, to outdoors@sltrib.com for a chance to win the book “...
    Updated Jan 24 2015 10:52 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this photo taken Saturday Jan. 17, 2015 snowboarders and skiers share the terrain park at Gunstock ski area in Gilford, N.H. The popularity of snowboarding that grew at a rapid pace in the 1990s and early 2000s may have reached its peak according to the National Sporting Goods Association. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) Snowboarding takes a slide in popularity; experts unfazed
    Killington, Vt. • Aging athletes, new skis and a lack of snow are ganging up on the once-edgy sport of snowboarding, which has seen a marked drop in p...
    Updated Jan 23 2015 09:53 am   |     |   Share
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Hays Gorey of Vienna, Virginia, took a day to ski at Alta Ski Resort while visiting family in Salt Lake City recently and snapped this shot. “It was a cloudy day... until this,” he wrote. Out Takes - Picture perfect day at Alta Ski Resort
    R Hays Gorey of Vienna, Virginia, took a day to ski at Alta Ski Resort while visiting family in Salt Lake City recently and snapped this shot. “It was...
    Updated Jan 23 2015 08:45 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - This March 17, 2011 file photo shows Bison roaming outside Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, Mont. (AP Photo/Janie Osborne) Yellowstone begins capturing bison for slaughter
    Billings, Mont. • Yellowstone National Park has begun capturing bison at its Stephens Creek facility near Gardiner. The Billings Gazette reports the ...
    Updated Jan 17 2015 08:27 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Zion was established as Makuntaweap National Monument on July 31, 1909 by President William Taft.   Hikers take a well deserved rest at the top of  Angel's Landing Trail.   Al Hartmann/The Salt Lake Tribune)       3/25/2009 A Utah hike for the big days on the 2015 calendar
    Ever see one of those calendars that lists a reason for a party on every date? Well, you don’t need a reason to hike every day. But if you’re wonderi...
    Updated Jan 08 2015 11:15 am   |     |   Share
  • (Brian Maffly | The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Corona Arch near Moab has become what is billed as the world's largest rope swing after climbers figured out how to adapt climbing gear to set up a thrilling 250-foot pendulum ride under the arch. Concerned with liability issues, state officials recently shut down the arch, which is on state-owned land, for commercially guided swinging, pictured here on Nov. 4. BLM bans roped fun at Utah’s Corona Arch and Gemini Bridges
    The rope-swinging party is over at Corona Arch. Bureau of Land Management leaders on Tuesday announced a two-year ban on roped activities at the iconi...
    Updated Jan 07 2015 09:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Brett Prettyman  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Where in Utah was this photo taken? Email your entry to outdoors@sltrib.com for a chance to win a book. Where in Utah was this photo taken? Email your guess to outdoors@sltrib.com for a chance to win a book
    This week • Email your guess about where the photo above was taken, along with your name and address, to outdoors@sltrib.com for a chance to win the b...
    Updated Jan 24 2015 10:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • Mary Dyson  |  Courtesy 

Mary Dyson sent in this picture she captured at sunset while heading down the Albion Basin road at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon. Dyson had spent the late July day in 2010 enjoying watching a mother moose with two calves in Albion Basin and capped it with this reward while heading home. Out Takes: Stunning sunset from Albion Basin
    ­— Sunset in Little Cottonwood Canyon R Mary Dyson sent in this picture she captured at sunset while heading down the Albion Basin road at the top o...
    Updated Jan 14 2015 06:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • 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. A case of mistaken identity: wolves and coyotes
    Most of the time, wolf researcher Dan MacNulty can tell the difference between the apex predators and coyotes. In his work at Yellowstone National Par...
    Updated Jan 12 2015 09:10 am   |     |   Share
  • 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. Coyote hunter kills a wolf by mistake near Beaver
    A hunter mistook a gray wolf for a coyote Sunday near Beaver, shooting and killing the protected 70-pound animal, Utah wildlife officials confirmed Mo...
    Updated Jan 12 2015 09:10 am   |     |   Share
  • Michael Christensen  |  Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Division of Wildlife Resources employees and a volunteer (Salt Lake Tribune reporter Brett Prettyman) prepare to load a young pronghorn captured on Parker Mountain in southern Utah in a horse trailer for transport to another part of the state as an effort to augment other populations. The animals received ear tags for identification purposes. Prolific Parker Mountain pronghorn populate Utah
    Parker Mountain, Wayne County • Perhaps the jackalope really does exist. Rumored to be a mix between a jackrabbit and a deer or an antelope, the myth...
    Updated Dec 29 2014 04:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Three mule deer watch from a neighborhood above Bountiful, Utah Friday, December 12, 2014. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is trapping mule deer in Bountiful City in an effort to reduce the urban population and reduce human/wildlife conflicts. They set traps and bait them. The deer trigger the trap. The deer are collared and checked for disease before being sent to other parts of the state. These deer are headed to the Raft River Mountains in northwestern Utah. Bountiful tries to limit the prancing and pawing of each little hoof
    Bountiful • Dennis Christensen has counted as many as 22 mule deer hanging out in his backyard. Last week, there were 13 milling around and leaving n...
    Updated Dec 12 2014 10:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)               
A Black Capped Chickadee darts among the cattails and reeds just south of Jordanelle Reservoir during the 112th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count in 2011. Counts this year are being held across the state, beginning on Sunday. Annual bird-counting tradition kicks off this weekend
    Thousands of Utahns will be making a list and checking it twice in coming weeks. But the list-making has nothing to do with gifts. The 115th annual Au...
    Updated Dec 11 2014 10:21 pm   |     |   Share
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ó Brett Prettyman Recreation: Holiday outdoors gift guide
    Searching for ideas for the outdoorsy folks on your Christmas list? Here’s a list of suggestions from Salt Lake Tribune staffers who contribute to the...
    Updated Dec 11 2014 01:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)                
Nicholas Smith, left, scans the hillsides near Kamas for deer as Shawn Gehring, right, looks on, Saturday, October 19, 2012. The general season rifle deer hunt opened at dawn Saturday with a new format that limits hunters to one of 30 units instead of one of five regions in the state. More than 52,000 are expected to be in the field. First year of loosened rules draws in novice, young hunters
    For some Utahns, taking hunter education is as much a family ritual as baptism, getting a driver license or graduating from high school. But others mi...
    Updated Dec 11 2014 08:00 am   |     |   Share
  • Marni Lee | Courtesy Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
File photo - The annual Elk Festival at Hardware Ranch in northern Utah is being held Dec. 13, 2014. The ranch opens its popular wagon rides through the gathered wild elk the same weekend. 
Hardware Ranch, a Utah winter tradition, opens this weekend
    A unique Utah Christmas tradition — Hardware Ranch — opens this weekend. Originally developed 70 years ago to keep hungry wildlife from feasting on fa...
    Updated Dec 10 2014 09:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • Lilliana and Mike Libecki of Salt Lake City ski in Antarctica during a trip in November.  
photos courtesy Mike Schirf Utah father and daughter trek through Antarctica together
    Mike and Lilliana Libecki’s daddy-daughter trip to Antarctica was six years in the making. The extreme athlete was doing a presentation for his daught...
    Updated Dec 08 2014 09:33 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

A shuttle bus leaves the Zion Canyon Village just outside  Zion National Park near Springdale, Utah Monday, September 30, 2013. A looming federal government shutdown could close all National Parks. National parks propse fee increases
    The cost of visiting iconic Utah destinations including Angel’s Landing, the historic Jupiter and No. 119 locomotives and the Dinosaur Quarry Exhibit ...
    Updated Dec 09 2014 09:19 am   |     |   Share
  • (|  Courtesy Photo)  

Julie Kilgore sent in this photo of a a 10-year-old boy soaking up the moment he touched a gray whale on San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja, Mexico, during a trip to see the birthing lagoons of the area. Out Takes: Up close and personal with a gray whale
    ­‚— Up close & personal with a gray whale R Julie Kilgore sent in this photo of a 10-year-old boy soaking up the moment he touched a gray whal...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 05:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • FISHING
    ((Courtesy photo)  )  Redington carries Kate and Marilyn wader models to accommodate female angler of all sizes. Sirens come with all the technologies and extras of the men’s three-layer breathable versions. $219.95 

Outdoor gear gift guide - Siren women’s fishing waders from Redington
    Searching for ideas for the outdoorsy folks on your Christmas list? Salt Lake Tribune staffers who contribute to the Hiking Utah and Fishing Utah blog...
    Updated Dec 09 2014 03:21 pm   |     |   Share
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