Certain questions about travel on the Paiute ATV Trail are
common in the minds of those planning a trip, and who are not
familiar with central Utah. Some people are afraid their questions
would be considered "silly" so they don't ask. But many have
asked the same ones in the past, and no concern that could make
a trip more comfortable and enjoyable is silly. Here is information
relating to questions others have asked.
Some visitors are astonished at the massive nature of the
trail system and the remoteness of some of the areas along the
trail. Because of this some have expressed real concern about
encountering wildlife, particularly bears and mountain lions,
along the trail. Though there are some of these animals, they
are extremely wary of humans, unless they are protecting their
young. Without guides and dogs, your chances of seeing a bear
or lion would be extremely small and should not be a concern.
Many locals who spend much of their time in the mountains would
love to sight either animal.
Other species of wildlife, however, are more common and encountering
these can significantly enhance the experience of the Paiute
Trail. Mule deer are common to the area and can be seen on any
part of the trail, particularly at dusk. The Fishlake National
Forest is also home to large herds of elk. At times the deer
will stand and watch you long enough for you to get your camera
out for pictures. Elk are more wary, so when you spot them it's
best to already have the camera ready. To view or photograph
these animals, stop your ATV but leave the engine running and
remain on the vehicle. Some animals will be curious and may
watch you for several minutes. However, changes in sound or
sudden movement will startle the animals. Chasing wildlife is
illegal because it stresses them which could lead to their death.
The area around the Paiute Trail is a popular wintering area
for both golden and bald eagles. Some remain yearlong so you
may see one of these majestic birds as you travel along the
trail. There is a herd of moose in the Fishlake Basin. These
animals wander quite widely so you might get a rare chance to
see one on the northeast part of the trail.
Other animals often seen along the trail include
coyotes, ground squirrels, chipmunks, and numerous species of
song birds. The best way to shoot them is with a telephoto lens
on a 35 millimeter camera. Above all do not harass the wildlife.
Remember this is their habitat and you are only a visitor
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Thursday, December 09, 2010