WILDLIFE - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/WILDLIFE News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) California mulls wolf listing amid hunts elsewhere http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57829279-68/wolves-california-wolf-protections.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57829279-68/wolves-california-wolf-protections.html.csp">California mulls wolf listing amid hunts elsewhere</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By SCOTT SMITH</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-16T19:41:29.268-06:00">Updated Apr 16, 2014 07:41PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Fresno, Calif. • While much of the country has relaxed rules on killing gray wolves, California will consider protecting the species after a lone wolf from Oregon raised hopes the animals would repopulate their historic habitat in the Golden State. The California Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday postponed for three months a decision on whether to list the gray wolf as endangered. Commissioners heard impassioned arguments from environmentalists who want the wolves to again to roam the state ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57829279@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:41:29 MDT Wildlife officers looking for cow elk poacher http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57818382-78/amp-cow-elk-wash.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57818382-78/amp-cow-elk-wash.html.csp">Wildlife officers looking for cow elk poacher</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Michael McFall</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-14T20:57:16.085-06:00">Updated Apr 14, 2014 08:57PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Wildlife officers want the public’s help finding a cow elk poacher. Someone found a slain cow elk shot in the South Book Cliffs near Wild Cow Wash, according to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. The area is about 8 miles west of the Utah-Colorado border, north of Interstate 70. The meat on the cow elk had been removed from its carcass. The shooting likely occurred between April 4 and April 6, according to the division. Anyone who saw vehicles near Wild Cow Wash during those days, or has ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57818382@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:57:16 MDT Falcons in downtown Salt Lake City lay second egg http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57807008-78/falcons-http-com-peregrine.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57807008-78/falcons-http-com-peregrine.html.csp">Falcons in downtown Salt Lake City lay second egg</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By brett prettyman</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-11T15:07:08.921-06:00">Updated Apr 11, 2014 03:07PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The peregrine falcons nesting on the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City have added to their potential family. And the whole world was watching via a webcam in nest box. The event was captured and can be watched on YouTube. The female falcon deposited egg number two Thursday. The first egg of 2014 landed in the nest box early Tuesday. Bob Walters, in charge of watchable wildlife programs for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, said the raptors typically lay eggs every...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57807008@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:07:08 MDT Op-ed: Will sage grouse go the way of the lesser prairie-chicken http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57808136-82/grouse-conservation-sage-lesser.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57808136-82/grouse-conservation-sage-lesser.html.csp">Op-ed: Will sage grouse go the way of the lesser prairie-chicken</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Ed Arnett and Terry Riley</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-11T18:18:02.546-06:00">Updated Apr 11, 2014 06:18PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">As wildlife biologists, hunters, and conservationists, we watched closely as the fate of the lesser prairie-chicken unfolded on March 27 with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to list the medium-sized game bird as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. The fact that a once widely distributed and extensively hunted game bird would be considered for an ESA listing is unfortunate, and the USFWS decision disappointed many. But the lesser prairie-chicken can be restored and event...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57808136@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:18:02 MDT Salt Lake City peregrine falcons are back, laying eggs http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57792023-78/peregrine-falcons-lake-salt.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57792023-78/peregrine-falcons-lake-salt.html.csp">Salt Lake City peregrine falcons are back, laying eggs</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By brett prettyman</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-09T15:17:16.187-06:00">Updated Apr 9, 2014 03:17PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Peregrine falcons have returned to the nest box high on the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City. The raptors apparently made their first egg deposit early Tuesday. Fans of the peregrine falcon cam accessed via the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources webpage spotted the first egg and spread the word on the Salt Lake City Peregrine Falcons Facebook page. The first egg spotted in 2013 was laid April 12. The falcons from last year ended up laying four eggs, but only one hatch...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57792023@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:17:16 MDT Millions in federal excise taxes support Utah wildlife http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57733532-78/wildlife-fish-utah-taxes.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57733532-78/wildlife-fish-utah-taxes.html.csp">Millions in federal excise taxes support Utah wildlife</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By brett prettyman</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-29T20:32:24.074-06:00">Updated Mar 29, 2014 08:32PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Utah is getting $19.7 million from two federal excise taxes few citizens know about. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will send nearly $1.1 billion to states and territories to fund fish and wildlife conservation and recreation projects based on taxes collected through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration programs. “Since 1937 we have relied on these excise tax funds provided by sportsmen to rebuild our fish and wildlife habitats and population...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57733532@www.sltrib.com Sat, 29 Mar 2014 20:32:24 MDT Deer population increase likely to yield more hunting permits http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57761956-223/deer-permits-biologists-hunting.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57761956-223/deer-permits-biologists-hunting.html.csp">Deer population increase likely to yield more hunting permits</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Brett Prettyman</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-03T10:30:51.314-06:00">Updated Apr 3, 2014 10:30AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">There are more deer in Utah than there have been since 2000 and state biologists are proposing more hunting permits as a result. Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) officials say surveys after the 2013 hunts estimate a population of 332,900 mule deer. The deer population hasn’t been this high since 322,000 deer were estimated at the turn of the century. DWR Big Game Coordinator Justin Shannon said mild winters have helped deer herds in recent years, but better habitat and other efforts like hig...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57761956@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Apr 2014 10:30:51 MDT Rockies gray wolf numbers steady despite hunting http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57775330-78/wolves-population-wildlife-wolf.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57775330-78/wolves-population-wildlife-wolf.html.csp">Rockies gray wolf numbers steady despite hunting</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Staff and wire reports</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-04T20:07:24.889-06:00">Updated Apr 4, 2014 08:07PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Billings, Mont. • Gray wolves in the U.S. Northern Rockies are showing resilience as states adopt increasingly aggressive tactics to drive down their numbers through hunting, trapping and government-sponsored pack removals. A minimum of 1,691 wolves roamed the six-state region at the end of 2013, according to figures released Friday by state and federal agencies. That’s little changed from the prior year, despite continued political pressure from hunters and ranchers who want the population sig...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57775330@www.sltrib.com Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:07:24 MDT Utah hunters using less lead; condors may have benefited http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57683000-78/condors-lead-hunters-utah.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57683000-78/condors-lead-hunters-utah.html.csp">Utah hunters using less lead; condors may have benefited</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By brett prettyman</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-15T18:07:05.548-06:00">Updated Mar 15, 2014 06:07PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Hunters have long provided wildlife scavengers with free meals. Those free lunches, however, sometimes come at a high cost. An increasing willingness by Utah big game hunters to change their ammunition or remove animal remains to prevent lead poisoning of endangered California condors may be paying off. The Peregrine Fund recently announced that its annual testing of blood from condors living in northern Arizona and southern Utah showed the lowest lead levels in a decade. “The ups and downs of...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57683000@www.sltrib.com Sat, 15 Mar 2014 18:07:05 MDT Watch sage grouse strut their stuff at viewing event http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57753644-78/grouse-sage-utah-wildlife.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57753644-78/grouse-sage-utah-wildlife.html.csp">Watch sage grouse strut their stuff at viewing event</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By brett prettyman</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-01T22:08:24.079-06:00">Updated Apr 1, 2014 10:08PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">One of nature’s most amazing courtship rituals is going on across the West right now as sage grouse have gathered on traditional leks to mate. The male grouse make weird sounds and strut their stuff, putting on a show for the females. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is providing an opportunity to watch the show April 5 near Price, but it requires getting up early. State wildlife biologists will be at Emma Park, about 13 miles north of Price before dawn and armed with spotting scopes and...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57753644@www.sltrib.com Tue, 01 Apr 2014 22:08:24 MDT Got antlers? Utah collectors need a permit first http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57636940-200/antlers-shed-utah-wildlife.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57636940-200/antlers-shed-utah-wildlife.html.csp">Got antlers? Utah collectors need a permit first</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By brett prettyman</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-05T22:35:01.539-06:00">Updated Mar 5, 2014 10:35PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">There’s a form of hunting that doesn’t need to lead to an animal’s death, but if done unethically, it easily could end up killing wildlife. Large wild mammals sport two kinds of head decorations — those that fall off and grow back each year (antlers) and those that never leave the animal during its life (horns). For centuries people have enjoyed finding shed antlers in the wild. In the past, the antlers were turned into tools or possibly weapons. Today, sheds often end up as landscaping decor ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57636940@www.sltrib.com Wed, 05 Mar 2014 22:35:01 MDT Wildlife investigators want help finding elk poachers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57690364-78/amp-elk-wildlife-creek.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57690364-78/amp-elk-wildlife-creek.html.csp">Wildlife investigators want help finding elk poachers</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Michael McFall</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-16T22:22:21.743-06:00">Updated Mar 16, 2014 10:22PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Investigators want the public’s help finding whoever poached two elk in Piute County. On March 8, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources heard reports of the poaching in the Kingston Canyon Wildlife Management Area, which is about 2½ miles west of Otter Creek Reservoir. Conservation officers traveled to the area and found two elk cows lying a few hundred yards from State Road 22, according to a DWR news release published Friday. Both elk had been shot and left to rot, the release adds. The DW...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57690364@www.sltrib.com Sun, 16 Mar 2014 22:22:21 MDT Two companies seeking to drill in Ouray refuge http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57661336-78/amp-refuge-ouray-wildlife.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57661336-78/amp-refuge-ouray-wildlife.html.csp">Two companies seeking to drill in Ouray refuge</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Brian Maffly</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-12T09:46:38.775-06:00">Updated Mar 12, 2014 09:46AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment on two oil and gas exploration drilling projects inside Utah’s Ouray National Wildlife Refuge. The service on Monday released separate draft Environmental Assessments for a nine-well proposal by Ultra Resource Inc. and a two-well proposal by Thurston Energy LLC. The two companies, both headquartered in Texas, control some of the mineral estate under the 12,000-acre refuge along a 12-mile stretch of the Green River south of Vernal. Th...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57661336@www.sltrib.com Wed, 12 Mar 2014 09:46:38 MDT Trapped in Saratoga Springs, pronghorn will be relocated http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57542547-78/pronghorn-wildlife-herd-springs.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57542547-78/pronghorn-wildlife-herd-springs.html.csp">Trapped in Saratoga Springs, pronghorn will be relocated</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By brett prettyman</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-16T09:41:54.682-06:00">Updated Feb 16, 2014 09:41AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Pronghorn are the fastest land mammal in North America, capable of reaching speeds of around 50 mph. The problem for a Utah County herd of the mammals — commonly but incorrectly called antelope — is that the only place to run that fast is packed with traffic. Utah wildlife officials are attempting to capture and relocate a herd of roughly 80 pronghorn “trapped” in the suburban sprawl of Saratoga Springs. Pronghorn ran along the west shore of Utah Lake long before people started building homes, s...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57542547@www.sltrib.com Sun, 16 Feb 2014 09:41:54 MDT Loose leopard panics residents of Indian city http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57596402-68/leopard-officials-police-indian.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57596402-68/leopard-officials-police-indian.html.csp">Loose leopard panics residents of Indian city</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-25T09:22:02.232-06:00">Updated Feb 25, 2014 09:22AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Meerut, India • Forestry officials and police armed with tranquilizer darts searched for a leopard that injured six people and drove residents indoors in a bustling northern Indian city, police said Tuesday. The leopard wandered through an army hospital and a crowded market in Meerut city on Sunday, setting off a minor stampede in which two more people were hurt, said police superintendent Abhiskek Singh. Authorities ordered schools and colleges closed on Monday and asked people to stay indoors ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57596402@www.sltrib.com Tue, 25 Feb 2014 09:22:02 MDT Op-ed: Sage grouse protection needn’t stop drilling, ranching http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57574914-82/grouse-sage-listing-utah.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57574914-82/grouse-sage-listing-utah.html.csp">Op-ed: Sage grouse protection needn’t stop drilling, ranching</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Allison Jones and Kirk Robinson</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-22T01:01:06.43-06:00">Updated Feb 22, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">When the Mormon pioneers crossed the prairie en route to the Salt Lake Valley, there were an estimated 16 million greater sage grouse in the West — a source of sustenance that they no doubt relied on. In an astonishingly short time since, we have reduced the sage grouse population to approximately 10 percent of its original size by land-use practices that have steadily degraded sagebrush steppe ecosystems. The good news is that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is keeping a careful eye on the...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57574914@www.sltrib.com Sat, 22 Feb 2014 01:01:06 MDT Utah officers have persons of interest in cougar’s stoning death http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57579736-78/cougar-utah-death-payson.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57579736-78/cougar-utah-death-payson.html.csp">Utah officers have persons of interest in cougar’s stoning death</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Brett prettyman</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-23T10:29:39.094-06:00">Updated Feb 23, 2014 10:29AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Thanks to tips from the public, Utah wildlife officers now have several persons of interest in the apparent stoning death of a young mountain lion near Payson. “We are working on setting up some interviews,” said Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) conservation officer Shawn Bagley. “We’ll see what level of involvement there is and figure out what direction to go in.” On Jan. 26, a man hiking with his preteen daughter in the foothills east of Payson noticed three people, possibly teenagers...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57579736@www.sltrib.com Sun, 23 Feb 2014 10:29:39 MDT