Living and recreating in Utah means that we share our environment with wildlife, which can lead to conflicts. 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?
Knowing some basic facts about wildlife and taking a few simple steps can help you prevent many common wildlife-related problems.
Utah is home to an abundance of wildlife. It can be exciting to see wildlife, but remember to observe from a safe distance. If you want to spot animals without disturbing them, you could consider setting up trail cameras to get a proper insight into animals in their natural habitat. Always give the animal a clear escape route. Do not crowd the animal; doing so could make the animal stressed and unpredictable.
Before calling authorities, read the appropriate materials available on the Be aware page to learn of ways you can reduce the potential for conflicts with wildlife.
Know when to call authorities: If you see an animal, you don’t necessarily need to call authorities. Animals may be active where they are normally found.
You should call: If the animal is acting threatening, aggressive, destroying property, occupying an area in a human development (e.g., under a porch) or otherwise acting odd.