The “Share” section is provided as a wildlife “quick reference” for agency contact information, urban wildlife coexistence do’s and don’ts; and general wildlife FAQs. Knowing some basic facts about wildlife and taking a few simple steps can help you prevent many of the most common wildlife-related problems.
If you have an encounter with an aggressive animal, please alert the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources office near you or call 911.
Cedar City (435) 865-6100
Ogden (801) 476-2740
Price (435) 613-3700
Salt Lake City (801) 538-4700
Springville (801) 491-5678
Vernal (435) 781-9453
Click HERE to report poaching incidents to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.
INJURED, ORPHANED OR SICK WILDLIFE
People often encounter what they perceive to be injured, orphaned or sick wildlife. While a truly sick or injured animal may benefit by being turned over to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, people should leave wildlife undisturbed.
Every spring and summer, well-intentioned people attempt to save young wildlife they believe to be abandoned when usually the mother is nearby. It is normal for many species to leave their young in a nest, thicket or rocky outcrop to keep them hidden from predators or to keep them safe while they search for food. If you disturb a young animal or nesting bird, leave the area. The presence of people near the young will prevent the parent from returning. It is best to watch wildlife from a safe distance and leave wildlife wild.
Most wildlife in Utah is protected by law and cannot be taken from the wild and possessed. Only when an animal is obviously injured, sick or orphaned is there reason to contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Above all, never consider wild animals as possible pets.
There are a number of wildlife rehabilitators in Utah licensed by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR). Rehabiliators are trained and have extensive experience in caring for wild animals. The goal of rehabilitation is to release these animals back into the wild once they recover. Wildlife rehabilitators are independent operators licensed by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, but are not affiliated with the division. The UDWR does not necessarily endorse any of these rehabilitators, but they do oversee their operations for compliance with wildlife rehabilitation laws and requirements. As independent operators, rehabilitators may accept or decline injured, orphaned or sick animals at their discretion.
Click HERE for a list of licensed wildlife rehabilitators in Utah.
Please do not call a rehabilitator for raccoons, red foxes, or striped skunks.
LIVING WITH WILDLIFE
Living and recreating in Utah means that we share our environment with wildlife. How would you respond if you encountered a bear while hiking, or if you had a moose eating your bushes? Would you be surprised to see a cougar in the area?
Here are some tips to safely share Utah with our unique wildlife.
· Never approach or try to touch wildlife.
· Never feed wildlife.
· Remove attractants from your property, including pet food, water sources, bird feeders and fallen fruit.
· Always hike, jog or bike with a companion; make noise to alert wildlife of your presence.
· Never leave children or pets unattended.
· Keep dogs leashed, especially when on trails.
· Secure trash in a locked receptacle.
· Contain pets and livestock at night.
· Trim vegetation around your property, and close off crawl spaces to reduce hiding places.
· Keep a clean, odor free campsite.
· Educate your neighbors and family about wildlife conflict prevention.