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Utah cougar harvest quotas increased as wildlife officials seek to combat deer decline

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan 17th - 1:14pm

In response to a decline in deer populations in some pockets of Utah, state wildlife officials issued an “emergency” increase of 117 cougar harvest objectives in 11 areas across the state.

Painted owl angers Utah wildlife officials

Simone Seikaly, KSL Newradio  |  Posted Jan 16th - 1:18pm

A painted owl has fired up the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah. To say the very least.

DWR to review wildlife euthanasia policy after small town’s beloved deer shot by officer

Carter Williams, KSL.com and Alex Cabrero, KSL TV  |  Posted Jan 16th - 10:31am

After already meeting once, Garfield County authorities and state wildlife officials plan to meet next week to figure out how to best address wild animal calls after a small town’s beloved deer was shot by a conservation officer last week.

Cougars caught on video roaming Bountiful neighborhood

Jed Boal, KSL TV  |  Posted Jan 16th - 8:41am

A couple of cougars have been caught on camera wandering along a ravine and through some backyards in Bountiful every night for the past week.

Zombie raccoons in Provo? A warning from Provo police

Paul Nelson, KSL Newsradio  |  Posted Jan 16th - 7:01am

Animal Control Officer Elena Farnsworth says "zombie raccoons" may give off the impression that they wouldn’t mind if you pet them. That would be a huge mistake.

Public input sought for campground, trails in San Juan County; bike use on Arches pathway

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan 15th - 12:15pm

Public input is now open for two outdoor projects on federal land, and public nominations for a Bureau of Land Management citizen advisory council in Utah is also open.

Utah driver shares story after avalanche sweeps him, family off road

Matt Rascon, KSL TV  |  Posted Jan 14th - 7:18am

The family members swept off the road during an avalanche in Little Cottonwood Canyon were on their way to Alta Ski Resort when the snow plowed into them.

Utahn has new appreciation for life after being stranded in Alaskan wilderness

Ashley Kewish, KSL TV  |  Posted Jan 13th - 10:27pm

A Utah man says he has gained a whole new appreciation for life after being stranded in the Alaskan wilderness for 23 days.

Moab community members band together to preserve 'Coal,' the rare melanistic deer

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan 13th - 7:18pm

Coal, an extremely rare melanistic mule deer, became Moab’s wildlife celebrity over the past few years. Following the animal's recent death, a group of residents and businesses have banded together to preserve his legacy.

Have You Seen This? Oh deer! Decoy gives buck fright of his life

Katie Workman, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan 13th - 3:02pm

This buck doesn’t know what’s happened. He can’t possibly understand. But it’s the funniest thing you’ll see today.

Featured hike: Jenni's Trail offers soaring views from Park City Mountain

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Jan 10th - 1:17pm

Jenni’s Trail is a beautiful hike that is well-known among Park City locals but might be unfamiliar to Utahns in other parts of the state.

Injured owl found on US 191 near Moab, 'swaddled much like a baby' to safety

Merritt Jewel, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan 9th - 12:15pm

What appeared to be a large bird dead on a highway turned out to be a large owl with a broken wing.

UDOT launches sticker program for canyon drivers to 'pre-check' snow tires, chains

Jasen Lee, KSL  |  Posted Jan 8th - 9:59pm

Workers and residents in the Cottonwood canyons may have an easier path to work and home thanks to a new program aimed at reducing congestion on powder days.

Doctors say ‘will to survive’ saved teen stranded in Utah mountains

Wendy Leonard, KSL  |  Posted Jan 8th - 9:35pm

A couple of things kept Nicolas Stacy-Alcantara alive through the night up Millcreek Canyon. But his attitude, doctors say, was the most important.

Glacier National Park is replacing signs that predicted its glaciers would be gone by 2020

Christina Maxouris and Andy Rose, CNN  |  Posted Jan 8th - 7:44pm

In 2017, the park was told by the agency that the complete melting off of the glaciers was no longer expected to take place so quickly due to changes in the forecast model, but the glaciers are still melting.

Salt mounds forming at Great Salt Lake are 'rare,' 'unique' geologists say

Alex Cabrero, KSL TV  |  Posted Jan 8th - 8:32am

Near the visitor’s center at Great Salt Lake State Park are four salt mounds, or salt formations, that have never been documented on the Great Salt Lake.

Utah Wildlife Board approves new bear hunting permits, changes to pursuit rules

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan 7th - 9:01pm

After some spirited discussion, Utah Wildlife Board members approved changes to the state’s bear pursuit and hunting permits that were proposed amid concern of pursuit ethics and declining deer populations in some areas.

More than 1K animals in Utah were illegally killed in 2019, wildlife officials say

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan 7th - 8:15am

The number of animals illegally killed in Utah rose 13% in 2019 compared to the previous year, according to data released by Utah wildlife officials Monday.

What’s new in climbing for 2020?

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Jan 6th - 12:16pm

With the new year comes not only new styles and innovations for climbing, but also a push for transformation in preparation for the first year of Olympic climbing in the 2020 Olympics. Here’s what you can expect for climbing this year.

Quadrantid meteor shower, one of the night sky's best shows, peaks this weekend

Ashley Strickland, CNN  |  Posted Jan 3rd - 2:33pm

The new year begins with the peak of the Quadrantid meteor shower on Saturday, one of the best annual shows in the night sky, according to NASA. Dark skies should allow for a nice look at the bright shower in the early morning hours of January 4.