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It looks like Bryce Canyon’s “turtle” has lost its head. A critical piece of the redrock hoodoo on the Mossy Cave Trail is missing. The national park’s formations are famous across the world as mysterious natural wonders that create color-splashed …

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  • (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 Mar 27 2015 12:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • Scott Root  |  Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Northern pike, like this one at Yuba Reservoir, sit at the top of the food chain.  Biologists and anglers are concerned about the effect northern pike might have on fish in Utah Lake. Wildlife managers want Utah Lake pike dead and dissected, ask for anglers’ help reeling them in
    Anglers at Utah Lake never know what they are going to catch. Each cast could bring in a largemouth bass, a walleye, a black crappie or a white bass....
    Updated Mar 11 2015 11:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  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 Mar 21 2015 09:38 pm   |     |   Share
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    Prematurely losing a child is undoubtedly every parent’s worst nightmare, one that sadly came true for Boyd and LuAnn Rhea when their 10-year-old daug...
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  • (Rick Egan  |  Tribune file photo)   
A male greater sage grouse does his strutting display on a lek near Green River, Wyo. Utah lawmakers set aside another $2 million to pay a consultant to keep sage grouse off the Endangered Species List. Utah lawmakers set to give sage grouse consultant another $2 million
    Utah’s campaign to keep the Greater sage grouse off the endangered species list will likely get another $2 million cash infusion, despite questions ab...
    Updated Mar 19 2015 09:53 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Katie Pappas  |  Courtesy photo)  

Katie Pappas of Salt Lake City was visiting Bryce Canyon National Park with her family in January when she took this picture of low clouds among the hoodoos. Out Takes - Hoodoos and clouds at Bryce Canyon National Park
    Katie Pappas of Salt Lake City was visiting Bryce Canyon National Park with her family in January when she took this picture of low clouds among the h...
    Updated Mar 11 2015 07:27 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah lawmakers want $500K to study how public land transfer may benefit schools
    Some Utah lawmakers want to spend yet another $500,000 to study the economics of transferring public lands to the state. This time the study would pro...
    Updated Mar 11 2015 12:13 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
One possible reservoir site to provide water to the long-planned and highly criticized Bear River Project is the Malad River Valley, just south of the Idaho border that is a tributary to the Bear River. Looking north to quench the Wasatch Front’s thirst
    There are few new sources of water for the thirsty Wasatch Front. Canyon streams have been piped. Groundwater has been tapped. Irrigation canals meand...
    Updated Mar 13 2015 02:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • Out Takes - Hanging around at Lake Powell
    Hanging around at Lake Powell • Mike Fey and his family were on a vacation at Lake Powell last summer when a thunderstorm filled the dry stream bed ...
    Updated Mar 04 2015 10:44 pm   |     |   Share
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Laurie Goodsell was wandering the woods near Alton in southern Utah when this mule deer doe photo-bombed her picture of wild turkeys. Or was it the other way around? Out Takes: Deer photo bombs wild turkeys
    Laurie Goodsell was wandering the woods near Alton in southern Utah when this mule deer doe photo-bombed her picture of wild turkeys. Or was it the ot...
    Updated Mar 20 2015 02:22 pm   |     |   Share
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Kaitlyn Elder, 13, took these pictures of a white deer - probably with a genetic disorder known as leucism - while out on a family photo excursion in Cache County with family on President's Day weekend. Cache County girl spots ghostly white doe
    Catching a glimpse of a wild animal, unless it is running in front of your car on the highway, can be a unique experience for urban-dwellers. But 13-y...
    Updated Feb 25 2015 10:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy MossBack Outfitters)
Dennis Austad, of Ammon, Idaho, paid $160,000 to hunt for mule deer on Antelope Island in 2012. He took this big buck in November. Austad paid a record $310,000 for the right to hunt a buck mule deer again on Antelope Island in 2013 and $305,000 to hunt the island again in 2014. Antelope Island trophy mule deer tag draws world record bid of $390,000. Where does all that money go?
    Antelope Island’s big mule deer bucks continue to produce big bucks of the green kind. A bidder from Canada has set a new world record high, paying $3...
    Updated Feb 23 2015 10:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • Michael Hadley  |  Division of Wildlife Resources

Late winter and early spring have always been a good time for anglers to visit Lake Powell. The biggest striped bass are caught at this time each year and other species are also caught in large numbers. No one knows more about fishing at the massive reservoir, than Wayne Gustaveson, Lake Powell Project Leader for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. Gustaveson has caught his fair share of fish at Powell and claims to remember each by name. He didn’t mention the name of this 20-inch largemouth bass he caught on a recent excursion. Check out a Lake Powell Fishing video here - http://youtu.be/VYfuKYpXB8g Hook Shot : Any time a good time to fish at Lake Powell
    Late winter and early spring have always been a good time for anglers to visit Lake Powell. The biggest striped bass are caught at this time each year...
    Updated Feb 25 2015 08:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Toni Schmader, center, is joined by her son Hazen Bedke, 4, and Mira Tueller, 5, as they walk the Devils Garden trail in search of Arches. Fourth graders will get free entry on federal lands to celebrate national parks centennial
    During the 2015-16 school year, fourth grade students are likely to become the vacation and long-weekend planners in their families. President Barack ...
    Updated Feb 19 2015 10:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Katie Pappas  |  Courtesy photo)  

Katie Pappas of Salt Lake City was visiting Bryce Canyon National Park with her family in January when she took this picture of low clouds among the hoodoos. Out Takes - Hoodoos and clouds at Bryce Canyon National Park
    Katie Pappas of Salt Lake City was visiting Bryce Canyon National Park with her family in January when she took this picture of low clouds among the h...
    Updated Mar 11 2015 07:27 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Franciso Kjolseth  |  Tribune File Photo)  
A group of desert bighorn sheep near the Checkerboard Mesa in Zion National Park hang out near the road. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is holding a free bighorn sheep viewing event Dec. 6, 2014, starting at 8 a.m. in Green River. Out Takes - Bighorn sheep in Zion National Park
    Salt Lake Tribune photographer Franciso Kjolseth was visiting Zion National Park on assignment when he found a band of desert bighorn sheep near the C...
    Updated Feb 20 2015 02:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • Out Takes - Hanging around at Lake Powell
    Hanging around at Lake Powell • Mike Fey and his family were on a vacation at Lake Powell last summer when a thunderstorm filled the dry stream bed ...
    Updated Mar 04 2015 10:44 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
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
    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 an...
    Updated Mar 04 2015 08:11 pm   |     |   Share
  • Lynn Chamberlain  |  Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Black bear Warm Utah weather confusing wildlife
    If Utah’s humans are confused by this balmy February weather, pity its poor animals. State wildlife biologists are bracing for unseasonal behavior fro...
    Updated Feb 15 2015 01:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this Feb. 22, 2015 photo, steam rises near the center of the Gardner River at Yellowstone National Park’s Boiling River in Montana. The temperature of the thermally heated water that flows into the Gardner River at the popular swimming hole has been increasing slightly since August of last year, park spokeswoman Amy Bartlett said. (AP Photo/The Montana Standard, Justin Post) Yellowstone park’s Boiling River running warmer
    Gardiner, Mont. • If you think Yellowstone National Park’s Boiling River feels hotter this winter, you’re right. The temperature of the thermally heat...
    Updated Feb 28 2015 04:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah is lone cowboy trying to wrangle public lands
    Montana Sen. Jennifer Fielder fears the national forests around her slice of Big Sky country will burn because of federal forest management policies. ...
    Updated Feb 15 2015 01:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Skyline Arch is lit up at night as the setting begins to reveal the sea of stars above during a camping trip to Arches National Park. National parks managers hope to spiff up using new funding in advance of 2016 Centennial
    Editor’s note • This is the first of an occasional series of stories about The National Park Service, which will mark 100 years on Aug. 25, 2016 — the...
    Updated Feb 15 2015 12:52 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. Wolf killed in Utah in December confirmed as animal from Grand Canyon
    The wandering ways of a gray wolf ended Dec. 28 when she was shot by a coyote hunter near Beaver. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials confirmed...
    Updated Feb 11 2015 10:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • Terry and Pam Sadler traveled to the Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area in Arizona earlier this month to experience an annual large gathering of sandhill cranes. ìEach year thousands of sandhill cranes spend the winter at Whitewater Draw feeding at nearby agricultural fields and native grasslands.î wrote Terry Sadler. ìIt is quite a spectacle watching these birds come in from their morning feed.î
Terry and Pam Sadler photo Out Takes - A sky full of sandhill cranes
    Terry and Pam Sadler traveled to the Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area in Arizona earlier this month to experience an annual large gathering of sandhill c...
    Updated Feb 12 2015 09:33 am   |     |   Share
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There are seemingly a million options for lighting while enjoying the outdoors. NanoGrid has come up with what appears to be a unique option. The 3-in-1 NanoGrid comes with a PowerLight (flashight/lantern and power storage) a remote lanterns. Charge it with a USB cord connected to a standard power supply or plug it into other BioLite power generating devices like the CampStove, BaseCamp or KettleCharge. The PowerLight works as a remote to control SiteLights - two come with the kit. Two extra SiteLights can be purchased providing up to 40 feet of lighting. The NanoGrid provides 10 watts of power (up to three smartphone refills). The NanoGrid system, which includes the PowerLight and two SiteLights, costs $99.95. The PowerLight is available separately for $79.95, and two SiteLights cost $29.95 separately. Available at www.biolitestove.com and soon at REI. Outdoors: Cool new stuff from Outdoor Retailer Winter Market
    More than 22,000 people recently attended the annual Outdoor Retailer Winter Market at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Outdoor gear from more than ...
    Updated Feb 04 2015 09:31 pm   |     |   Share
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