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Utah Mammals

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Have you ever been in the mountains and heard a loud noise? Maybe it was your dad snoring in the tent nearby! Or. . .maybe it was an elk!

The elk is the state mammal of Utah. Mammals are vertebrates that are warm-blooded, have hair, produce milk for their young, and give live birth. An elk is the largest mammal found in our state. Elk live in mountain forests and meadows during the summer, They live in the lower foothills during the winter to avoid the deep snow. They eat grass and woody plants found there. Elk live in herds. A male elk (bull) protects a group of female elk (cows) and their young (calves). They bugle, or make a loud noise, to communicate with each other.

Try it!

Choose one of Utah's wild mammals on which to do a report. Use books or the Internet to find information. Draw or print a picture of your animal. Answer the following questions about your animal:

1. What does it look like?
2. What does it eat?
3. Does it come out at night or during the day?
4. How does it protect itself from danger ( run or fight)?
5. Does it hibernate or migrate?
6. How does it find shelter?
7. Is it endangered or protected by federal or state laws?

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  1. The title of the activity
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  3. Your name.

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Updated October 24, 2008 by: Glen Westbroek

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