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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 Audubon Christmas Bird Count gets underway this weekend across North America. The free …

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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
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    Updated Dec 17 2014 05:55 pm   |     |   Share
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    ((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 

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    Updated Dec 09 2014 03:21 pm   |     |   Share
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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
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    Updated Dec 13 2014 08:59 pm   |     |   Share
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    Updated Dec 08 2014 10:14 am   |     |   Share

  • Lands transfer advocates push to hire private attorney
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    Updated Dec 04 2014 09:04 am   |     |   Share
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Conquering Sand Mountain, motor enthusiasts ride Utah's Little Sahara on April 10, 2009. Economists: Transferring federal lands could generate revenue for Utah
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Utah wildlife biologists are proposing some changes to the black bear hunt in 2015 and will be presenting their ideas to the public at a series of Regional Advisory Council meetings in December. Citing increasing bear population, state proposes changes to hunt
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    Updated Nov 29 2014 10:41 am   |     |   Share
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A group of Desert bighorn sheep stands on slickrock near Moab in 2005. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is holding a free bighorn sheep viewing event Dec. 6, starting at 8 a.m. in Green River. Bighorn sheep are starting to butt heads
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    Updated Nov 30 2014 08:58 pm   |     |   Share
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A wolf pack in Yellowstone National Park works together to capture a bison. Utah State University and Yellowstone National Park scientists report findings in the Nov. 12, 2014 issue of PLOS ONE. New research shows Yellowstone wolves pick their prey based on pack size
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    Updated Nov 18 2014 03:38 pm   |     |   Share
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Nicholaus Rodgers, left, Christopher Loncarich, Andie Loncarich, an unidentified hunter and Caitlin Loncarich sit with a mountain lion killed in Utah without a license, then illegally checked in Colorado. Loncarich was sentenced to 27 months in prison and three years probation for conspiring to violate the Lacey Act, a federal law prohibiting the interstate transportation and sale of any wildlife taken in an illegal manner. Colorado poacher sentenced to prison for maiming, killing Utah lions
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A tom turkey fans his tail feathers in 2010 while minding a flock of females in Huntsville. Fall turkey hunt returns to Utah after 30-year hiatus
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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. Biologists confirm Grand Canyon wolf travelled hundreds of miles
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Gunnison sage-grouse, strut on a lek near Monticello, Utah, Wednesday, March 22, 2012. Feds list Gunnison sage grouse as 'threatened' under Endangered Species Act
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

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