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Range wars: Tension mounts in the West over public lands grazing, wild horses and ranchers

Range wars: Tension mounts in the West over public lands grazing, wild horses and ranchers

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted May 8th - 7:42am

More than 70 animal advocacy and conservation groups are calling on the Biden administration to eliminate livestock grazing on any public lands where wild horse populations exist.
Yellowstone, Grand Teton parks to resume bus operations

Yellowstone, Grand Teton parks to resume bus operations

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 7th - 12:14pm

Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks have resumed large group tours with safety measures intended to limit the spread of COVID-19, including wearing masks and being tested with 72 hours before the trip or showing proof of vaccination.
How Utah's Heber Valley may help researchers solve one of fog's biggest mysteries

How Utah's Heber Valley may help researchers solve one of fog's biggest mysteries

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 6th - 8:03pm

There's a lot known about fog except in one major component: prediction. That's especially true in mountains. Here's how a Utah-led study aims to change that.
Review: Crowdfunded products to get you ready for an adventurous summer

Review: Crowdfunded products to get you ready for an adventurous summer

Brooke Nally, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted May 6th - 7:08pm

These awesome crowdfunded products — some local — will help you utilize your summer in its best fashion.
'Very rare' wolverine sighting confirmed at Antelope Island

'Very rare' wolverine sighting confirmed at Antelope Island

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated May 5th - 9:08pm

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources confirmed a wolverine in Utah for the first time in five years.
A 'pernicious problem': How experts hope to stop ongoing defacement of Utah's public lands

A 'pernicious problem': How experts hope to stop ongoing defacement of Utah's public lands

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 5th - 7:11pm

Experts say they expect vandalism and graffiti on public lands will likely continue unless the people heading out to public lands make a change.
The legendary artist behind most of Utah's ski maps now takes on national parks

The legendary artist behind most of Utah's ski maps now takes on national parks

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 5th - 12:17pm

After 35 years, a legendary artist in the ski and snowboard community said he's now focusing his time on depicting a different form of the outdoors. But Utah will still be on his mind during his new venture.
Work to repair ancient Moab petroglyph underway, but officials say it'll 'never be the same'

Work to repair ancient Moab petroglyph underway, but officials say it'll 'never be the same'

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 3rd - 7:03pm

People will still be able to view the "Birthing Rock" once the cleanup of recent vandalism to it is complete but officials said it will never be like it once was.
Why Sen. Romney wants the US to better study the Great Salt Lake

Why Sen. Romney wants the US to better study the Great Salt Lake

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 3rd - 2:33pm

Sen. Romney is reaching across the aisle to try and create a program to better understand what drying saline lakes means for western ecology and wildlife.
Colorado woman dies in rare black bear attack, authorities believe

Colorado woman dies in rare black bear attack, authorities believe

Keith Coffman, Reuters  |  Posted May 2nd - 5:08pm

A 39-year-old Colorado woman died in an apparent black bear attack, marking just the fourth fatal mauling in the state since record-keeping began in 1960, authorities said on Saturday.
Man catches big, invasive fish in Highland pond

Man catches big, invasive fish in Highland pond

Matt Rascon, KSL TV  |  Posted May 1st - 9:54am

A man caught a nearly 17-pound koi in a small Utah County pond, a type of carp that the Division of Wildlife Resources said should have never been there.
What the 10 key themes of 'Reimagine Nature' might mean for Salt Lake City's outdoors plan

What the 10 key themes of 'Reimagine Nature' might mean for Salt Lake City's outdoors plan

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Apr 30th - 12:08pm

Public lands leaders for Utah's capital city are close to finishing up its latest feedback round into the future of the city's public lands projects.
Utah Wildlife Board approves reduction of 2021 deer hunting permits

Utah Wildlife Board approves reduction of 2021 deer hunting permits

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Apr 29th - 7:03pm

The Utah Wildlife Board finalized a plan that will decrease the number of deer hunting permits in Utah this year even more than what was originally proposed by state wildlife biologists.
Bill to kill up to 90% of Idaho wolves heads to governor

Bill to kill up to 90% of Idaho wolves heads to governor

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Updated Apr 29th - 6:27am

The Idaho House on Tuesday approved legislation allowing the state to hire private contractors and expand methods to kill wolves roaming Idaho — a measure that could cut the wolf population by 90%.
Low water levels expose sticky tar mess at Great Salt Lake near Spiral Jetty

Low water levels expose sticky tar mess at Great Salt Lake near Spiral Jetty

Mike Anderson, KSL TV  |  Posted Apr 28th - 9:00pm

A thick layer of tar has grown in the bed of the Great Salt Lake and experts blame the shrinking water levels there.
Fur hunting, egg wars and nuclear waste: A virtual tour of the 'Islands of the Dead'

Fur hunting, egg wars and nuclear waste: A virtual tour of the 'Islands of the Dead'

Mike Godfrey, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Apr 28th - 4:31pm

It may sound like a campy, made-for-cable B movie, but this is the stranger than fiction — and surprisingly hopeful — story of a forgotten American island chain and what states like Utah might learn from its turbulent history.
'This is not an accident': Well-known Moab petroglyph vandalized; $10K reward offered in case

'This is not an accident': Well-known Moab petroglyph vandalized; $10K reward offered in case

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Apr 27th - 7:07pm

Federal officials said Tuesday that they are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone who was responsible for damaging a famous petroglyph in Grand County.
DWR seeks information on theft of wildlife guzzler material in southern Utah

DWR seeks information on theft of wildlife guzzler material in southern Utah

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Apr 27th - 12:23pm

State wildlife conservation officers want to know who last month stole equipment used to keep wildlife hydrated in Washington County.
A fishy invasion: Koi fish, smallmouth bass infest local reservoirs and ponds in southern Utah

A fishy invasion: Koi fish, smallmouth bass infest local reservoirs and ponds in southern Utah

Ammon Teare, St. George News  |  Posted Apr 27th - 11:35am

If you've done any fishing lately at any of the community fishing ponds and even some local reservoirs in Southern Utah, chances are you may have seen or even caught an invasive fish.
2 men cited over helicopter poaching of wolves in Montana

2 men cited over helicopter poaching of wolves in Montana

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 25th - 3:10pm

Two Montana men have been cited over illegally poaching two wolves from a helicopter in the Big Hole Valley.
Utah conservation officers want to know who shot bald eagle in Summit County

Utah conservation officers want to know who shot bald eagle in Summit County

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Apr 23rd - 2:11pm

State conservation officers are asking for the public's help in figuring out who shot a juvenile bald eagle in Summit County found injured earlier this month.
Utah and the Antiquities Act: So what's the deal?

Utah and the Antiquities Act: So what's the deal?

Mike Godfrey, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Apr 23rd - 12:14pm

With President Joe Biden expected to make an announcement regarding federal lands in southern Utah, learn just how deep Utah's connection to presidential land proclamations goes.
Utah congressional delegation frustrated over recent national parks funding

Utah congressional delegation frustrated over recent national parks funding

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted Apr 23rd - 7:01am

Utah's congressional delegation is letting Interior Secretary Deb Haaland know just how frustrated they are over a recent funding slight.
Ogden River: A story of unloved waters?

Ogden River: A story of unloved waters?

Robert Williamson, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 12:13pm

In 1992, Gene Castellano and Kenny Wilt organized an effort and worked hard themselves to clean up trash in and around the Ogden River. Nearly 30 years later, the river has a trash problem again.
Zion National Park's Taylor Creek Trail reopens after large rockfall

Zion National Park's Taylor Creek Trail reopens after large rockfall

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Apr 21st - 12:44pm

Zion National Park's popular Taylor Creek Trail fully reopened following a rockfall at the upper end of the trail earlier this month, park officials said Wednesday.
Historically low Lake Powell water levels cause closures of some launch ramps, other changes

Historically low Lake Powell water levels cause closures of some launch ramps, other changes

St. George News  |  Posted Apr 20th - 12:14pm

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is advising visitors to be aware of changes to water access points and boat launch areas on Lake Powell this year due to declining water levels through the summer.
Grand County seeing bump in COVID cases amid springtime visitors

Grand County seeing bump in COVID cases amid springtime visitors

Lindsay Aerts, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted Apr 20th - 6:26am

Grand County is seeing the highest COVID-19 case rates in Utah. With springtime, the home to Moab and Arches National Park is also seeing tens of thousands of visitors.
How a mass fossil site in southern Utah may have proved emerging theory about tyrannosaurs

How a mass fossil site in southern Utah may have proved emerging theory about tyrannosaurs

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Apr 19th - 4:27pm

New research from fossils located at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument seems to support a theory that tyrannosaurs hunted in packs more like wolves than loners.
Toquerville Bypass to ease Zion National Park traffic issues, usher in changes for small town

Toquerville Bypass to ease Zion National Park traffic issues, usher in changes for small town

Mori Kessler, St. George News  |  Posted Apr 19th - 10:35am

A new roadway that will help divert national park-bound traffic away from the heart of Toquerville, as well as an announcement for a planned development that will accompany the new road, were presented to residents of the small community Saturday afternoon.
Climbing bolts found on 1,000-year-old petroglyphs in Utah

Climbing bolts found on 1,000-year-old petroglyphs in Utah

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 12:33pm

Federal public lands officials are investigating after climbing bolts damaged an ancient petroglyph site near Moab.
National Park Week includes free admission day, various themes

National Park Week includes free admission day, various themes

Ammon Teare, St. George News  |  Posted Apr 16th - 12:13pm

National Park Week will begin Saturday, and all visitors to national parks that day will be admitted free of charge.
3 Utah PetSmart locations halt fish sales out of concern for zebra mussels

3 Utah PetSmart locations halt fish sales out of concern for zebra mussels

Ladd Egan, KSL TV  |  Posted Apr 15th - 8:54pm

Fish sales have been paused at three PetSmart locations along the Wasatch Front due to a suspicion of invasive zebra mussels.
Can a pasta machine protect the seeds to save the West's wildlands?

Can a pasta machine protect the seeds to save the West's wildlands?

Hannah Petersen, Deseret News  |  Posted Apr 15th - 7:38am

On their hands and knees, two scientists try to determine whether traditional practices or a pasta machine may be the best way to fight invasive weeds.
Timpanogos Cave to resume tours this spring for 1st time since COVID-19 pandemic began

Timpanogos Cave to resume tours this spring for 1st time since COVID-19 pandemic began

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Apr 14th - 2:08pm

Timpanogos Cave will reopen for tours Memorial Day weekend for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, park officials said Wednesday.
As Utah prepares to welcome in 2 new state parks, evaluation begins on another possible park

As Utah prepares to welcome in 2 new state parks, evaluation begins on another possible park

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Apr 14th - 8:11am

New details were provided Tuesday about two new state parks that were approved during the 2021 Legislative Session; meanwhile, work for new visions of Bridal Veil Falls is underway.
Man breaks Utah's Bear Lake cutthroat fishing record; Mac Attack Fishing Derby returns

Man breaks Utah's Bear Lake cutthroat fishing record; Mac Attack Fishing Derby returns

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Apr 13th - 12:20pm

Utah's fishing records continue to fall.
No Gunlock waterfalls this year due to poor snowpack levels that fuel continuing drought concerns

No Gunlock waterfalls this year due to poor snowpack levels that fuel continuing drought concerns

Mori Kessler, St. George News  |  Posted Apr 13th - 9:30am

If you're thinking of visiting Gunlock Reservoir for its waterfalls this year, consider a change of plans.
Cougar sighted in Draper neighborhood tranquilized, to be released into the wild

Cougar sighted in Draper neighborhood tranquilized, to be released into the wild

Katie Workman, KSL.com  |  Posted Apr 11th - 10:54am

A cougar spotted in a Draper neighborhood early Saturday morning has been tranquilized by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and will be released in the mountains.
Utah leaders bid farewell to Interior Secretary Haaland with warning against 'unilateral' decision

Utah leaders bid farewell to Interior Secretary Haaland with warning against 'unilateral' decision

Katie McKellar and Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Updated Apr 9th - 5:27pm

Utah's all-GOP delegation and state leaders bid farewell to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, the third day of her whirlwind tour of two controversial national monument designations, with a call for a collaborative — not unilateral — decision.
Zion National Park proposes increase to temporary shuttle ticket costs as attendance soars

Zion National Park proposes increase to temporary shuttle ticket costs as attendance soars

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Apr 9th - 12:43pm

Zion National Park officials first instituted a temporary timed ticket system for its shuttle service amid COVID-19 concerns last year.
'We all want pretty much the same thing,' Interior Secretary Deb Haaland says after Bears Ears tour

'We all want pretty much the same thing,' Interior Secretary Deb Haaland says after Bears Ears tour

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Updated Apr 8th - 9:28pm

Navajo Nation leaders called for full restoration and expansion of the Bears Ears National Monument to 1.9 million acres in a meeting with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland.
DWR dip tank clears quagga mussels off boats quicker

DWR dip tank clears quagga mussels off boats quicker

Mike Anderson, KSL TV  |  Posted Apr 8th - 6:47pm

The Utah Department of Wildlife Resources demonstrated its new dip tank process to keep harmful quagga mussels away from Utah's reservoirs.
Why Utah birders want you to go 'lights out' during spring migration season

Why Utah birders want you to go 'lights out' during spring migration season

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Apr 8th - 1:34pm

Many bird species migrate at night. It's why experts say it's important to reduce light pollution, which can disorient birds and draw them off course.
Will a third Interior secretary visit resolve debate over national monuments?

Will a third Interior secretary visit resolve debate over national monuments?

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted Apr 7th - 9:27pm

For the third time in five years, a U.S. Department of Interior secretary is visiting Utah amid a debate over two controversial national monument designations.
Arches National Park formation wins 'Utah Arch Challenge,' but it may not be the one you think

Arches National Park formation wins 'Utah Arch Challenge,' but it may not be the one you think

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Apr 7th - 5:06pm

Utah has an arch champion.
Creation of transit route to Springdale moves ahead with St. George City Council approval

Creation of transit route to Springdale moves ahead with St. George City Council approval

Mori Kessler, St. George News  |  Posted Apr 6th - 10:44am

The creation of a public transit route between St. George and the doorstep of Zion National Park continues to move forward with the recent approval of agreements between the city, Washington County and the state.
How severe droughts have factored into a decline in Utah's deer population

How severe droughts have factored into a decline in Utah's deer population

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Apr 5th - 7:01pm

While there are far-reaching impacts that droughts can have on water infrastructure, they can also factor into wildlife habitat conditions.
Forecasters warn warmer weekend could bring avalanche danger to backcountry

Forecasters warn warmer weekend could bring avalanche danger to backcountry

Mike Anderson, KSL TV  |  Posted Apr 3rd - 7:21am

Warmer weather could bring increased danger to Utah's backcountry this weekend, and avalanche forecasters warned the snow already on the ground could come down in large slabs.
3 Salt Lake City creeks see the light as Three Creeks Confluence nears completion

3 Salt Lake City creeks see the light as Three Creeks Confluence nears completion

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 7:31pm

Workers on a project by the Jordan River in recent months unearthed the point where water from three Salt Lake Valley creeks merge with the Jordan River, and a new Salt Lake City park is expected to be finished later this spring.
COVID-19 PPE litter is killing wildlife

COVID-19 PPE litter is killing wildlife

Eoin McSweeney, CNN  |  Posted Apr 1st - 12:15pm

Waste from lifesaving personal protective equipment is killing birds, fish and other wildlife across the globe, a study has found.
Large Duchesne County fire could be beginning of difficult fire season

Large Duchesne County fire could be beginning of difficult fire season

Alex Cabrero, KSL TV  |  Posted Apr 1st - 6:58am

2020 was a record year for wildfires started by humans, and drought conditions in 2021 could mean it's more important than ever to make a plan to protect your home from fire.
Bill to extend Utah's Bonneville Shoreline Trail once again filed in Congress

Bill to extend Utah's Bonneville Shoreline Trail once again filed in Congress

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 31st - 7:33pm

Utah's top political leaders and representatives of several outdoors organizations in the state say they support a bill that would facilitate a federal-local land swap in order to extend the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.
Utah man sentenced to 6 months after digging for treasure in Yellowstone cemetery

Utah man sentenced to 6 months after digging for treasure in Yellowstone cemetery

Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 31st - 3:36pm

A Utah man who pleaded guilty to digging for buried treasure at a historic cemetery in Yellowstone National Park has been sentenced to six months of incarceration, authorities said Wednesday.
Mike Godfrey: 5 wildlife lessons from viral video of woman unwittingly holding venomous octopus

Mike Godfrey: 5 wildlife lessons from viral video of woman unwittingly holding venomous octopus

Mike Godfrey, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Mar 31st - 12:14pm

While walking a beach in Bali, a TikTok user inadvertently placed herself in mortal danger by catching and handling a blue-ringed octopus. Here are five lessons to be learned from the viral video.
Salt Lake City's Allen Park re-reopens following 3-month winter closure

Salt Lake City's Allen Park re-reopens following 3-month winter closure

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 30th - 4:14pm

Allen Park is once again open to the public after winter conditions prompted an emergency seasonal closure in December.
Utah officials to expand Japanese beetle eradication plans after pest detections grew in 2020

Utah officials to expand Japanese beetle eradication plans after pest detections grew in 2020

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 30th - 9:49am

The invasive Japanese beetle can cost the U.S. millions in annual agriculture damage. Utah is expanding efforts to contain the pest after its small known population tripled last year.
Recent rescues at Sand Hollow Reservoir underscore importance of life jackets

Recent rescues at Sand Hollow Reservoir underscore importance of life jackets

Jeff Richards, St. George News  |  Posted Mar 30th - 9:01am

Two people were rescued from the chilly waters of Sand Hollow Reservoir on Monday afternoon when the personal watercraft they were riding on capsized.
Overnight camping closure at Middle Fork WMA extended after unruly 2020, DWR says

Overnight camping closure at Middle Fork WMA extended after unruly 2020, DWR says

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 29th - 11:05am

Officials from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said Monday it will ban most overnight camping at the wildlife management area through Sept. 9.
Oregon couple stuck on Grand County road for 24 hours; officials call road a 'chronic problem'

Oregon couple stuck on Grand County road for 24 hours; officials call road a 'chronic problem'

Graham Dudley, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 28th - 4:17pm

An Oregon couple was stranded for nearly 24 hours on a secluded Grand County road before being rescued Friday evening, officials said, describing the area as a dangerous and frequent problem.