ROCKY MOUNTAIN GOAT VIEWING

The Rocky Mountain goat will be the focal point of a field trip to watch and enjoy its sure-footed antics on the steep-rock faces in Little Cottonwood Canyon on Saturday. The field trip will be held at the Park and Ride lot at the mouth of the canyon.

The field trip is free and no pre-registration is required. Goat watching will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m.

"Powerful scopes and binoculars will be available to enhance the views of this remarkable animal," said Bob Walters, watchable wildlife program coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources.

Rocky Mountain goat fact cards and posters will be distributed to those at the site.

The field trip will not require leaving the Park and Ride lot area.

For more information call Walters at 801-538-4771.

BIG GAME DRAW RESULTS

Results of the annual draw for 2005 Utah big game permit will be available by April 29.

Those who do not draw will be able to check on June 16 to find out which general buck permits were not drawn. Those permits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Those who applied should receive a letter by April 29, informing them of the draw results.

Beginning at 8 a.m. on April 29, hunters who do not receive a letter will be able to check the Internet at www.wildlife.utah.gov or call the Utah Wildlife Administrative Services office at 1-800-221-0659.

Results of the limited entry, once-in-a-lifetime and Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit permit draw will be posted at DWR offices.

Along with a list of successful applicants, there will also be a list of permits not taken in the draw. This list will also be available on the DWR's Web site and at its six offices.

Beginning June 16, hunters who have a major credit card can obtain a remaining general buck deer permit on the DWR's Web site — wildlife.utah.gov. Those without a credit card can purchase a permit at one of the DWR's six offices or from participating online license agents.

The 2005 general season bull elk permits will go on sale June 16.

For more information contact one of the DWR offices.

OLYMPIC EXHIBIT OPENS

The 2002 Winter Olympic Games exhibit on the second floor of the Alf Engen Ski Museum will have a soft opening on April 29. The grand opening of the exhibit will be on May 28. The new exhibit will be a great way for tourists to relive the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

The public will be able to see the equipment of athletes like Joe Pack, Tristan Gale, Derek Parra, Bode Miller, Sara Hughes and many others used during the 2002 Olympics. The public will also be able to hold an Olympic torch, watch Olympic highlights and view displays from the Opening and Closing ceremonies. There will also be a pin display that will show every officially licensed pin from the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Admission to the museum is included in the ticket to enter the Utah Olympic Park.

SOLDIER HOLLOW RECORD

Soldier Hollow hosted more than 68,000 people between December and closing in March. Final counts show there were 36,400 tubers, 28,600 skiers and 3,100 participants in other activities, including biathlon, equestrian and snowshoeing. The visitor growth over last season was 45.2 percent.

Soldier Hollow featured the longest tubing lanes in Utah with eight lanes up to 1,200 feet long, with groomed runs, lift service, lights and music. A variety of gentle cross-country skiing trails were added to the 31-kilometer Olympic trail system to open the park to more skiers.