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DWR recommends changes for duck and goose hunt, DWR installs a fish trap in the Weber River, changes to be made on cougar hunting

DWR RECOMMENDS CHANGES FOR WATERFOWL HUNT

According to a press release, biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources will know in a few weeks whether Utah can hold another 107-day duck and goose hunt this fall. Holding another 107-day hunt and allowing hunters to keep up to three pintail ducks each day are among items DWR biologists will discuss at a meeting with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists in late July.

DWR INSTALLS FISH TRAP

DWR biologists have installed a fish trap below a new fish ladder at the mouth of the Weber Canyon. The ladder allows fish to bypass the area’s waterfall and move up the river. According to a press release, biologists want to know exactly how fish are using the ladder, so they’ve installed the fish trap. A biologist checks the trap daily. If the fish in the trap don’t already have an injectable transponder tag, he tags and releases them. If they’ve already been tagged, he’ll determine whether they’re moving up and down the river.

CHANGES TO THE COUGAR HUNTING SEASON

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According to a press release, a deer study that’s underway in Utah has provided better information about the number of adult deer that are surviving each year and a chance to manage cougars in a way that should benefit deer the most. Starting with the 2011-2012 cougar hunting season, biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources are hoping to make a few changes. For more information visit http://www.wildlife.utah.gov/public_meetings .

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