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Why is there an increase of wildlife in SLC neighborhoods?

Jan 30, 2023, 11:10 AM | Updated: 12:45 pm

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You never know where moose will show up in the winter. This one visited Provo in 2016. Photo from DWR.

SALT LAKE CITY — If you’ve seen an increase in wildlife in your neighborhoods, you’re not the only one. Cold weather and snow is moving wildlife from the mountains into the valleys. 

An elk herd crossing I-80 and a coyote in Rose Park are just two recent events involving animals in residential areas. The Division of Wildlife Resources reports animals are on the move for food as their normal cuisine is covered by dense snow.  

“This time of year it is not too uncommon to have some of our big game animals kind of migrate to some of our cities and urban areas,” said Faith Heaton Jolley with the division.

More specifically, elk, cougars and coyotes are in Salt Lake City’s suburbs. The DWR is reminding people to “admire from a distance,” and call the appropriate authorities.

You can reach the DWR main office at 801-538-4700

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Why is there an increase of wildlife in SLC neighborhoods?