• A fawn lays very still in its surroundings. Courtesy of the Uintah County (UT) Library via Mountain West Digital Library.

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    Fawn in the Wilderness
    • Creator
    • Leo C. Thorne
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    • A fawn lays very still in its surroundings.
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    • Digital Image, copyright 2013, Uintah County Library Regional History Center
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    • Mountain West Digital Library
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    • Uintah County (UT) Library

  • Four bird eggs in a nest that has been built on the ground. Courtesy of the Uintah County (UT) Library via Mountain West Digital Library.

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    Bird Eggs in Nest
    • Creator
    • Leo C. Thorne
    • Description
    • Four bird eggs in a nest that has been built on the ground.
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    • Digital Image, copyright 2013, Uintah County Library Regional History Center
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    • Mountain West Digital Library
    • Contributing Institution
    • Uintah County (UT) Library

  • Dee Hunsaker, Fred Wilcock and Curtis Hunsaker each scored an Elk on Dyer Ridge. Courtesy of the Uintah County (UT) Library via Mountain West Digital Library.

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    Elk Hunters Score Elk
    • Date
    • 1967-10-05
    • Description
    • Dee Hunsaker, Fred Wilcock and Curtis Hunsaker each scored an Elk on Dyer Ridge.
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    • Digital Image, copyright 2010 Uintah County Library
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    • Mountain West Digital Library
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  • Ben, Jeb and Lindsay Luck show the deer they killed during hunting season, ca. 1928. Courtesy of the Uintah County (UT) Library via Mountain West Digital Library.

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    Deer Hunters Show Deer
    • Date
    • circa, 1928
    • Creator
    • Thorne, L. C
    • Description
    • Ben, Jeb and Lindsay Luck show the deer they killed during hunting season. This was taken in about 1928.
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    • Digital Image, copyright 2009 Uintah County Library
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    • Mountain West Digital Library
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    • Uintah County (UT) Library

Large mammals such as elk, deer, moose, bears, mountain lions, mountain sheep and goats frequent the Northern section of the Mountain West. Antelope roam much of the prairie lands that abut the mountains. Grizzly bears are a protected species and are often sited in the Rocky Mountains, especially in Glacier National Park in Montana, although attacks on hikers are known to occur. The region is also home to many small mammals like river otters, skunks, raccoons, badgers, and wolverines. Bird watchers enjoy sightings of eagles, osprey, snow geese, Canada geese, ducks, and many other birds and songbirds.

Visitors and locals alike continue the Mountain West tradition of hunting large and small game. Animal population numbers are closely monitored by the Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Service, which makes decisions about hunting season numbers. Past unregulated hunting practices had devastating effects on wildlife populations in the Mountain West region. Bison and wolves are two examples of animals hunted to near extinction. Current attitudes toward conservation and protection of species have helped these animals recover numbers.