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Zion National Park now closed amid COVID-19 concerns

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Apr 3rd - 1:53pm

Zion National Park is now closed indefinitely amid the COVID-19 outbreak, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said Friday afternoon.

Fact vs. fiction: The effect wolves have on Yellowstone's game animals, ecology

Mike Godfrey, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Apr 3rd - 1:15pm

After 25 years of wolves in Yellowstone, we can answer lingering concerns regarding their influence on elk and moose populations, as well as answer whether wolves can truly be credited with changing rivers.

Gov. Herbert changing state parks directive into executive order

Alex Cabrero, KSL TV  |  Posted Apr 3rd - 10:23am

Gov. Gary Herbert decided to turn his state park directive into an executive order, meaning there would be a possible penalty for those who don’t follow it.

Local hikers: More people outdoors, trails getting trashed

Alex Cabrero, KSL TV  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 8:02am

Local hikers said they have seen a lot more people heading outdoors due to the coronavirus, but some are leaving behind lots of trash and animal waste.

More southeast Utah closures, as visitors flood San Rafael to camp

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, KSL  |  Posted Apr 1st - 9:52pm

With the closure of Arches and Canyonlands national parks and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges, the outdoor recreation pressure has moved north to Emery County.

Hovenweep, Natural Bridges close; Springdale wants Zion to shut down

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, KSL  |  Posted Apr 1st - 3:38pm

Fear of coronavirus spread is taking its toll on some of Utah’s most geographically stunning places, prompting new closures of Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments and leading Springdale officials to plead for Zion National Park to shutter as well.

Utah wildlife biologists seek 9K fewer deer hunting permits to be issued in 2020

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 30th - 1:42pm

Utah wildlife biologists are proposing 9,175 fewer general-season deer hunting permits to be issued in 2020 as buck populations have fallen a bit in the state over the past few years.

Yellowstone slaughters wild bison to shrink park's herds

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 12:10pm

Yellowstone National Park is done capturing wild bison for the year after rounding up almost 550 of the wild animals and sending most to slaughter as part of a population control program, park officials said.

Call to the wild: Great outdoors an escape in tough times

Pat Graham and Michael Casey, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 29th - 11:14am

even if for a brief moment — is to follow a bit of his own advice: Go fish.

Avalanche experts urge backcountry travelers to make conservative choices in wake of resort closures

Kyle Dunphey, KSL  |  Posted Mar 28th - 9:49pm

Although the traffic that plagued the canyons is all but gone, skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers are still flocking to the backcountry.

Arches, Canyonlands close due to coronavirus

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, KSL  |  Posted Mar 27th - 8:09pm

Arches and Canyonlands national parks are shutting down Saturday after pleas from health agencies, the regional hospital and leaders in local government said it was an urgent move to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The pandemic isn't fixing climate change

Opinion By John Sutter, CNN  |  Posted Mar 27th - 12:18pm

The internet has deemed 2020 canceled. And now everyone's looking for a silver lining.

Marmot rescued from engine compartment of car, released back into Utah wild

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 26th - 12:28pm

When a Utah woman noticed something wrong with her car last week, she brought it into a maintenance shop to see what the problem was. It turned out a large rodent was stowed away inside the engine compartment of her vehicle.

Utah national parks still open, but assessing coronavirus risks regularly

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, KSL  |  Posted Mar 25th - 8:02pm

Utah’s five national parks remain open but are adjusting their operations to stay within the public health guidelines for social distancing, even as three of the nation’s most popular parks shut down Tuesday due to the coronavirus.

17 cited for trespassing on wildlife management lands, DWR says

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 25th - 12:16pm

The outdoors are a good place for social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but state wildlife authorities are reminding Utahns to not trespass in wildlife management areas to get away from it all.

Yellowstone's wolves 25 years after reintroduction: Separating fact from fiction

Mike Godfrey, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Mar 24th - 1:18pm

Twenty-five years on, the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park is still a controversial topic. But it's now possible to separate fact from fiction and provide answers and clarity to lingering questions.

2 Utah fishermen charged with cheating in fish contest

Pat Reavy, KSL  |  Posted Mar 19th - 2:33pm

Entry was just a fish tale, prosecutors say.

BLM, National Park Service temporarily waive entrance fees

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 19th - 1:34pm

Authorities who oversee federally owned lands are waiving entrance fees to open the land up as recreational social distancing spaces amid COVID-19 concerns.

As ski resorts close due to coronavirus, thousands of seasonal employees scramble

Kyle Dunphey, KSL  |  Posted Mar 18th - 11:51am

For many, Utah’s ski season ended abruptly over the weekend as the spread of COVID-19 prompted ski resorts across the state to close.

No red rock respite from COVID-19 as new health order for Moab puts tourism in limbo

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, KSL  |  Posted Mar 17th - 4:17pm

The Southeast Utah Health Department issued a public health order Tuesday directing all restaurants, bars and movie theaters to close for 30 days in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.