Wildlife/Hunting Flaming Gorge

Wildlife abounds in this area, in the mountains, the riparian areas and along the reservoir shoreline. The Flaming Gorge area is one of the best places in America to see an assortment of wild animals in natural habitat.

Some animals are easy to spot. If you drive to the Antelope Flat boat ramp, you will see a large herd of antelope grazing nearby. If you camp at Lucerne Valley Marina, you may have antelope wander through your camp. If you pay attention while you boat on the lake or float on the Green River, you may see osprey nests in nearby trees.

If you drive the backroads, you will see an occasional mule deer or moose. Elk are more skittish, but they thrive in this area and are seen occasionally.

Mule Deer

Photographers and hunters seek the animals out, and are often rewarded. This is a very popular area for big game hunting, and trophies are taken on a regular basis.

Below we list some of the animals visitors might see. Many other species thrive here. The Visitor Centers have publications describing local animals, and can help you identify animals you may have seen.

Commonly Seen Species

  • Antelope
  • Mule deer
  • Moose
  • Elk
  • Foxes
  • Coyotes
  • Blue jays & other small birds
  • Bald eagles
  • Golden eagles
  • Hawks
  • Squirrels & chipmunks
  • Prairie dogs
  • Marmots
Black Bear

Black bears and cougars live in this area but are seldom seen. Still, campers and hikers should follow basic safety rules. Do not try to approach wild animals. Keep a clean camp. Do not take food into tents or leave it out around your campsite.

There are no grizzly bears in Utah. Wolves were exterminated in Utah many years ago. However, recently it was documented that wolves from Yellowstone packs have wandered through northern Utah. Utah wildlife biologists say there are no wolves now living in the state.

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