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Water for wildlife

With Utah being such a dry state, there are many areas that cannot sustain healthy wildlife populations, simply due to lack of water. These areas often contain the food, cover and other items necessary for wildlife to thrive, but wildlife do not use them because water is such a limiting factor.

A lifelong passion for native cutthroat trout

Paul ThompsonMy love of native cutthroat trout began when I moved from the Midwest to begin my Master's Degree at the University of Wyoming in 1992. My graduate project allowed me to study the beautiful Colorado River cutthroat trout as well as see some amazing country throughout Wyoming.

How the purchase of a historic power plant will improve a fish hatchery

Over the winter of 2014–15, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) purchased the historic Big Springs Power Plant. This property is also known as the Fountain Green Hydroplant and is located adjacent to the Fountain Green Fish Hatchery.

Fish are hungry, active and concentrated

Ice off is one of the best times to get out and catch not only a bunch of fish, but some large fish. I personally enjoy ice off because it's my first chance to test out all the new equipment that I received over the holidays.

Anglers, please keep small lake trout at Flaming Gorge

It's the end of December, the mercury is plummeting and ice is rapidly forming on Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Fortunately, ice fishing is a very efficient method to catch small lake trout, often called "pups."

Ten gift ideas for anglers

Are you in search of Christmas gifts for your favorite angler? We can help! We asked a whole bunch of avid anglers around here what they could never have enough of, and these are the top picks.

So you want to be a wildlife biologist?

Do you love wildlife watching, hunting or fishing? If so, you're not alone. You've probably even wondered how you could earn a living working with wildlife.

Why I prefer hunting over store-bought meat

Where does food come from? A very simple question with a simple answer; most would consider this a silly question. I often think of the joke that meat comes pre-wrapped from a grocery store or in a sack in the form of a burger or nugget.

National Bison Day means more in Utah

When Dr. William Goetzman introduced a starter herd of 18 bison into southeastern Utah's San Rafael Desert in 1941, it's unlikely he understood the impact his effort would have generations later.

Practiced in the art of deception

Aside from humans, I'm unaware of another species with more potential to transform the landscape around them than beavers. A wide variety of wildlife species, as well as humans, are drawn to the rich and dynamic wildlife habitats created by beavers.
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