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Have you ever wondered how wildlife agencies catch and track ducks and geese? Are you curious about what happens inside a fish hatchery? “Wild,” a new podcast produced by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, will answer these questions and provide insight into the work that Utah does to protect its wildlife. A new episode will be launched the third Tuesday of each month and will feature an inside look at different projects and jobs within Utah’s wildlife agency.

Episode Date
Ep. 33: Wildlife pilot

In this episode, DWR Chief Pilot Craig Hunt talks about his thrilling job, which includes soaring through the air to aerially stock fish at high-elevation lakes and how the work he does helps biologists manage wildlife around the state. He also shares some of the coolest experiences he’s had while flying for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, so stay tuned for those stories at the end!

Jun 21, 2022
Ep. 32: Checking bear dens

In this episode, DWR Northeastern Region Assistant Wildlife Manager Randall Thacker explains why biologists make the difficult trek out to snowy bear dens early each spring to check on hibernating black bears across the state. He also shares one of his own nerve-wracking experiences of being face to face with a bear.

May 17, 2022
Ep. 31: Fisheries management
In this episode, DWR Fish Culture Coordinator Roger Mellethin and DWR Northern Region Aquatics Manager Chris Penne explain what goes into managing the state’s fishing. They talk through the overall process from extracting eggs from wild fish to growing them in fishing hatcheries to eventually stocking the fish. They also explain the management of why we raise and stock the fish species we do and the factors that play into some of those decisions, as well as how the DWR is making proactive changes to address drought impacts on fishing in Utah.
Apr 19, 2022
Ep. 30: Rattlesnakes of Utah
In this episode, DWR Native Species Coordinator and Herpetologist Drew Dittmer and DWR Wildlife Conservation Biologist Scott Gibson take a serious deep dive talking about Utah rattlesnakes: the myths about them, interesting facts and what you should actually do if you happen to be one of the few who gets bitten by one.
Mar 15, 2022
Ep. 29: Wildlife tooth fairy

In this episode, DWR Biometrician Heather Bernales explains why the Division requests that hunters send in teeth sometimes from animals they have harvested. She talks about what we do with the teeth, what we learn, and how that helps shape certain wildlife management plans in Utah.

Feb 15, 2022
Ep. 28: Shooting ranges

In this episode, DWR Hunter Education Program Manager Ralynne Takeda and DWR Wildlife Recreation Coordinator Gary Cook go in-depth about the two public shooting ranges that the Division manages: the Lee Kay Public Shooting Range in Salt Lake City and the Cache Valley Public Shooting Range in Logan. They talk about the amenities at each facility, some unique things that people may not know about the ranges and some of their favorite memories there.

Jan 21, 2022
Ep. 27: Prairie dog relocations

In this episode, DWR Utah Prairie Dog Recovery Biologist Adam Kavalunas and DWR Impact Analysis Biologist Jessica Kinross talk about the unique balancing act of managing prairie dogs in Utah. There are three prairie dog species in Utah, one of which is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. DWR and its partners are working to help the species recover, which often includes trapping and relocating the animals when they cause damage to private property with their elaborate burrows. This episode was originally recorded in July 2021.

Dec 21, 2021
Ep. 26: Electrofishing for browns

In this episode, DWR Central Region Sportfish Project Leader Mike Slater talks all about electrofishing — what it is, how it works, and what this unique fish surveying method tells biologists about fish in different waterbodies around Utah.

Nov 16, 2021
Ep. 25: Creatures of the night

In this episode, DWR Wildlife Conservation Biologist Adam Brewerton talks about what is possibly Utah’s most misunderstood species: bats. He explains what goes into surveying these animals, debunks some of the myths surrounding bats and talks about some of their unique features. This episode was originally recorded in August 2021.

Oct 19, 2021
Ep. 24: Replanting Utah

In this episode, DWR Habitat Restoration Coordinator Danny Summers talks about a one-of-a-kind facility in Utah: The Great Basin Research Center and Seed Warehouse. He explains the purpose of the facility and how it benefits landscapes — especially those burned in a wildfire.

Sep 21, 2021
Ep. 23: Enforcing Wildlife Laws

In this episode, DWR Law Enforcement Capt. Wyatt Bubak explains some misconceptions that people have about conservation officers, some of the various duties they perform, and the most common mistakes hunters and anglers make (and how to avoid them.)

Aug 17, 2021
Ep. 22: Wildlife Management Areas

In this episode, DWR Central Region Habitat Program Manager Mark Farmer and DWR Wildlife Lands Coordinator Chelsea Duke talk about the division-owned Wildlife Management Areas — what they are, the purpose of these lands and the activities that are allowed there.

Jul 20, 2021
Ep. 21: Big game drought impacts

In this episode, DWR Wildlife Section Chief Justin Shannon, DWR Habitat Restoration Biologist Nicole Nielson and Troy Forrest, the director of the Grazing Improvement Program with the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, talk about some of the impacts of drought conditions on big game animals, livestock, and their habitat and grazing areas. They also discuss how limited food and water during drought years can cause competition between livestock and elk for those resources, and how the two state agencies work to minimize those conflicts.

Jun 15, 2021
Ep. 20: Utah Cutthroat Slam

In this episode, DWR Habitat Section Assistant Chief Paul Thompson and Trout Unlimited Communications Director for Science, Western Water & Habitat and Headwater Programs Brett Prettyman talk all about Utah’s exciting fishing challenge — the Utah Cutthroat Slam. They explain why the program was started, how it works and how it’s helping native cutthroat trout.

May 18, 2021
Ep. 19: Birdwatching at the wildlife center

In this episode, DWR’s Eccles Wildlife Education Center Site Coordinator Billy Fenimore talks about the beautiful facility at Farmington Bay, what visitors can do there, what types of birds you can expect to see and how to get into birdwatching. 

Apr 20, 2021
Ep. 18: Dirty jobs

In this episode, DWR Wildlife Technician Steve Gray showcases one of the division’s grossest jobs: roadkill removal. He explains the process of removing these dead animals, some of the difficulties of the job, and tips drivers should be aware of to help avoid a collision. This episode was originally recorded in October 2020.

Mar 16, 2021
Ep. 17: The Fisheries Experiment Station

In this episode, DWR Fisheries Experiment Station Director Wade Cavender talks about the unique research and fish health certification work being done at the facility. (And no, despite the name, it does not include experiments creating new Frankenstein-esque fish.) This episode was originally recorded in October 2020.

Feb 16, 2021
Ep.16: Pelican banding

In this episode, DWR Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Program Manager John Luft talks about one of Utah’s largest birds — how they are unique, why they choose to nest along the Great Salt Lake, and how the DWR helps manage them. This episode was originally recorded in October 2020.

Jan 19, 2021
Ep. 15: Great Salt Lake gold

In this episode, DWR Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Program Manager John Luft and DWR Conservation Officer Trevor Doman talk about the multi-million dollar industry on the Great Salt Lake that many people may not even be aware exists and how the DWR helps manage this unique resource. This episode was originally recorded in October 2020.

Dec 15, 2020
Ep. 14: Artificial beaver dams

In this episode, DWR Habitat Restoration Biologist Nicole Nielson and Trout Unlimited Project Manager Jordan Nielson explain the innovative and effective method of building artificial beaver dams to help restore river landscapes. This unique technique was actually conceptualized right here in Utah and decreases erosion, raises river levels and even improves water quality!

Nov 17, 2020
Ep. 13: Sky raptors

In this episode, DWR Avian Conservation Program Coordinator, Russell Norvell, talks all about some lesser-known wildlife in Utah: Birds of prey. Ranging from tiny flammulated owls to the large endangered California condors, these birds all have unique characteristics and play a large part in the ecosystem. You will also get a look at the unique sport of falconry — using raptors as a weapon in hunting upland game — as well as ways you can help these incredible birds.

Oct 20, 2020
Ep. 12: Traveling wildlife

In this episode, DWR Wildlife Migration Initiative Coordinator Daniel Olson, talks about why it is important for wildlife to migrate, things that can obstruct that migration, and how the DWR and its partners are helping wildlife to make those necessary movements across Utah — as well as some unique stories of things learned while tracking wildlife!

Sep 15, 2020
Ep. 11: Fighting the STD of the Sea

In this episode, DWR Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator Nathan Owens and DWR Aquatic Invasive Species Field Operations Lt. Bruce Johnson talk about quagga mussels in Utah — what they are, why they are bad, how DWR is fighting to keep them from spreading to other waterbodies, and what boaters should know.

Aug 18, 2020
Ep. 10: Blue Ribbon Fisheries

In this episode, DWR Sportfish Coordinator Randy Oplinger and Blue Ribbon Fisheries Advisory Council Chair Herbert Ley talk about the Blue Ribbon Fisheries program in Utah — what it is, its purpose, and how these cream-of-the-crop waterbodies are selected and highlighted as some of the best fishing opportunities in Utah.

Jul 21, 2020
Ep. 9: Sunrise dance party

In this episode, DWR Upland Game Coordinator Heather Talley talks about one of Utah’s most unique bird species, the sage grouse. There are two different species of sage grouse in Utah, and each species has an incredible mating dance. DWR biologists are lucky enough to see it each spring when they do population surveys of the species. 

Jun 16, 2020
Ep. 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 episode was originally recorded in November 2019.

May 19, 2020
Ep. 7: Unusual Easter egg hunt

Episode notes: 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.

Apr 21, 2020
Ep. 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.

Mar 17, 2020
Ep. 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. 

Feb 18, 2020
Ep. 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.

Jan 22, 2020
Ep. 3: K9s at work

In this episode, Matt Burgess, a conservation officer for DWR, explains how poaching cases are investigated and some of the penalties for illegally killing wildlife in Utah. He also talks about his new K9 partner and how these highly-trained dogs can help assist in an investigation. This episode was originally recorded in June 2019. 

Dec 17, 2019
Ep. 2: A wild goose chase

In this episode, Rich Hansen, waterfowl banding coordinator for DWR, explains why the division catches geese and other waterfowl around the state once a year and puts bands on them. He also talks about the process of catching them (spoiler: airboats are involved!) This episode was originally recorded in June 2019.

Nov 19, 2019
Ep. 1: Catching a bear

In this episode, Darren DeBloois, game mammals coordinator for DWR, talks about what it’s like to relocate a black bear. He explains the process of what happens from the moment the employees first get the call about a bear in someone’s yard to how they catch the tranquilized animal when it falls from a tree.

Oct 15, 2019