Winter Sports and Wildlife:
Can Canada lynx and winter recreation share the same slope?

Lynx with a collar around its neck is walking in snow. Based on what we know about recreation impacts, many wildlife species respond negatively to winter recreation. Forest and recreation managers and wildlife biologists need to know if lynx can co-exist with people recreating in and around their habitat, and whether this might cause lynx to change how they move through the landscape.

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Fishers and Martens and Lynx, Oh My!
Multiregional, Goal Efficient Monitoring of Mesocarnivores

Silver-brown lynx North American mesocarnivores don't all get the recognition you might expect. If a typical American had to describe a fisher, a marten or a wolverine, the responses might include an angler, a civil rights leader or a superhero with retractable claws. People are unlikely to know much about these often elusive creatures, such as the fact that fishers (forest-dwelling members of the weasel family) are one of the few animals that will actually go to the trouble of hunting a porcupine.

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Rocky Mountain fisherThe fisher is a unique member of the weasel family. Fishers are currently designated as a “sensitive species” in the Intermountain Region. Northern states include the extreme southern parts of its range, but the range may have been reduced due to over-harvest and other human-caused factors. Despite their name, fishers are not huge consumers of fish, and although they can use a wide variety of prey, they are one of the few carnivores that specialize on porcupines.

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Boreal toads

Photo of a Boreal toad.Utah is the home of several species of amphibians, one of which is the Boreal toad, but these chubby speckled creatures are currently being considered for listing under the Endangered Species Act. There are several reasons why the biologists at the Dixie National Forest and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources want to prevent the listing of Boreal toads.

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Bighorn Sheep Management Framework and Assessments

The objective of this framework is to establish a protocol for evaluating the status of summer bighorn sheep habitats on each Intermountain Region National Forest. A forest’s ability to provide habitat that can support persistent bighorn sheep populations is assessed by evaluating where there is potential contact between bighorn sheep and domestic sheep. The data and analysis are used to inform management decisions regarding domestic sheep operations. Individual reports summarizing the results of applying this framework will be prepared for Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, and Nevada.

Bighorn Sheep Risk of Contact Tool

Owl resting on a branch in a tree.

There are 150 species of owls worldwide and 19 that call North America home, providing plenty of opportunities to spot these birds on public lands or in your backyard.