I think moose have been the biggest success story in Utah-

This video is a 5-minute overview of big game transplants in Utah from the Salt Lake Tribune.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

2 Responses to Video on Utah big game transplants

  1. monty says:

    In addition to Utah, Colorado successfully introduced Moose on the Routt NF (North Park, Walden, Colorado) with 12 moose in 1977 (trapped in Utah) & another 12 in 1978 (trapped in Jackson Hole), From these 24 animals, there are now several 100. All 24 were release in the southeast park of North Park that is adjacent to the northwest part of Rocky Mountain National Park. At the time, Wild Kingdom did a two part TV series, with Merlin Perkins. It was a contentious issue between cattle & dude rancers.

  2. CJ says:

    Is any of this rangeland what used to be for the wild horses? I know under the old administration there was a plan to exterminate the wild horses in favor of big game. What a shame.


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