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Episode 8: Flying deer

In this episode, DWR Big Game Projects Coordinator Kent Hersey explains why the Division uses helicopters to catch deer and other big game species each year. This podcast was originally recorded in November 2019.

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Episode 7: Unusual Easter egg hunt

In this episode, Jordan Holcomb, a native aquatics biologist for the DWR, talks about frogs in Utah, specifically the Columbia spotted frog. Native to Utah, this frog is on the Utah Sensitive Species List, due to population declines from loss of habitat as development expands across the Wasatch Front. In order to monitor the frog's population numbers, biologists go on a special kind of "Easter egg hunt" every spring.

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Episode 6: Inside a fish hatchery

In this episode, Brennan Hannifin, the DWR Springville Fish Hatchery Assistant Supervisor, explains all that goes into running a fish hatchery and why they are necessary. He also talks about the different species of fish that are raised in these state hatcheries and the different methods used to stock them around the state.

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Episode 5: Big game management

In this episode, DWR Regional Wildlife Manager Dax Mangus, Big Game Coordinator Covy Jones and Big Game Projects Coordinator Kent Hersey answer some common questions about how big game management works in Utah. They explain how big game hunting permit recommendations are made and how the DWR helps maintain healthy deer populations.

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Episode 4: Building guzzlers

In this episode, Pat Rainbolt, a regional habitat manager for DWR, talks about how the agency helps wildlife access water in dry areas that don't have a natural water source. This includes building "guzzlers," which collect rainwater and snow that melt and can be used as drinking water by a variety of species. Some of the areas where these are installed are so remote that the building materials have to be flown in via helicopter or brought in on horseback. This episode was originally recorded in June 2019.

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