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Baby animal season is here: Don't touch or take home baby deer or elk you find in the wild

As you are out hiking and camping this summer, don't be surprised if you come across a deer fawn or an elk calf during late May or June. If you do see one, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources requests that you not touch, try to feed or take the baby animal home — doing so can have fatal consequences for the animal and could result in injury to you.

Great places to go fishing in Utah this summer

Memorial Day weekend is coming up, and many Utahns may be making plans for a long weekend adventure. If you want a fun outdoor option for your holiday activities, there are several great fishing destinations around Utah that are worth checking out — and conditions are particularly good this time of year.

Tips to avoid conflicts with bears this summer

Black bears are the only species of bear in Utah, and they live and roam across much of the state. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources wants to remind Utahns of ways they can prevent conflicts with bears this summer and what to do if you encounter a bear.

What to do if you encounter a mountain lion in Utah

While cougar attacks are quite rare in the U.S., there is always the chance you may see a cougar on your doorbell camera footage or while you are out hiking this summer. If you do happen to encounter a cougar, there are a few simple steps you can take to keep yourself safe.

Utah Wildlife Board approves decrease in 2023 big game hunting permits, other items

For the fifth consecutive year, the Utah Wildlife Board approved a decrease in the number of general-season deer hunting permits. The board also approved the other big game and antlerless hunting permits that will be issued during the 2023 seasons, as well as a variety of additional items during the May 4, 2023 public meeting.

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