The killers are smart and sneaky hunters with an incredible kill rate somewhere near 60%! The new predator's home is the Hogle Zoo in SLC, Utah.

Her name is Gaia and she is an African black-footed cat. This species is known for being relentless in their hunting and will eat small animals and rodents as well as bugs and birds. 


“We kind of joke that they’re very adorable, but they are wild animals,” Rachael Eames, a representative for the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City, told Nexstar.

One of the interesting things about these creatures is how overwhelmingly cute they are. The black footed cat is tiny standing only 6-8 inches tall and only weighing 2-5 lbs. fully grown. They stalk their prey by watching and silently approaching through tall grass or from behind small objects that they can easily hide. They are patient and can watch their prey for hours before attacking. But they are so cute!

“They wait for up to 2 hours, absolutely immobile, just silently waiting,” explained Luke Hunter, an expert in endangered carnivores and a founding member of the wildcat-conservation organization Panthera, in a Nov. 2021 interview with Live Science.

Gaia is the 2nd black-footed cat at Hogle Zoo and is being fed primarily by zoo staff until she is comfortable and confident in her skills. Ryder is the male cat that lives at the Utah zoo. African black-footed cats are on the watch list for endangered species because their natural habitat is diminishing. The plan is to breed Gaia and Ryder in captivity to help conservation of the species.

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6 Stupid Items You're Banned From Mailing In Utah

This is just another article of items, I can't believe had to be specified by the post office, that you cannot send in the mail.
You can't send these items in the U.S. mail:
Some items are completely forbidden.
Some are restricted.
Hazardous materials might be prohibited or restricted.
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Air Bags, like for a car? I guess they can explode in route, but how do you get them?
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Ammunition- The United Sates Postal Service (USPS) does not want the liability. You must use FedEx or UPS if you want to steer clear of trouble.

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Explosives- Yep I can't imagine who needs to mail explosives but I am sure they are not happy knowing that it is illegal to use USPS.

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Gasoline- USPS says no and that should be enough.

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Liquid Mercury- now they are just taking away everyone's fun.

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Marijuana-this is when your kids start asking,' but why?,' a lot.

Obeying the law: because it's the magical formula for preventing chaos, protecting your rights, avoiding pesky legal consequences like fines or jail time, and, of course, fostering trust among your fellow law-abiding citizens. It's like being part of a secret club, but instead of a cool handshake, you just have to follow some rules. So, unless you're a fan of drama, legal trouble, or societal side-eye, just do the bare minimum and follow most of the constitutional friendly rules – it's the adulting version of not sticking your hand in the cookie jar.
The list of restricted items is very long and you can look them up here: USPS NO NOS Better to be safe than sorry.

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DJ & Aaronee

Aaronee LOVES the country lifestyle. She has a great little farm with Alpacas, goats, dogs, cats and chickens! So yes, some.....stuff on her boots. ;) Aaronee's playlist has everything from Reba & Brooks & Dunn to Rascal Flatts & Garth to Miranda Lambert & Laney Wilson to Kane Brown & Morgan Wallen. She loves them all. ♥ Get her some chips and salsa or tater tots and a root beer float and she is set. She loves chatting on social media so make sure to hit her up on the Cat Country Utah Facebook page!


How do you get one? Read below.

At Cat Country Utah we LOVE helping out Local Southern Utah businesses. We would love to talk about your business and possibly do a giveaway for your business. 

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Every week DJ and Aaronee select several local businesses in town to give FREE business shout outs on Cat Country 107-3 & 94.9. Next it could be YOUR business that gets the free air time.  It could also develop into an ongoing giveaway or sponsorship!

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Just email your business name, contact person and the info you would like to get out to our listeners. Please email us for more info here:

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To really enhance your FREE business shouts outs you can do a promotional giveaway from your business and really stretch the FREE airtime. The bigger the prize value the more air time you get. 

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To market and advertise your business to the local market, pick a radio station that fits your target demographic and does well on social media to really influence the local consumers. You throw the party and we will get out our big megaphone and tell the people.

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Here are some great ideas on how to market your business with the radio station and use your ad dollars well. 

-Contact radio stations: Reach out to local radio stations like us, and inquire about any promotional opportunities they may offer. Some stations may have segments or programs dedicated to promoting local businesses, events, or initiatives. We also have fun promotional opportunities to advertise regularly so ask us what we have going on at the time you want to advertise. 

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-Community events and partnerships: Radio stations often support community events and initiatives. By participating in local events or partnering with community organizations, you may increase the chances of getting mentioned or featured on the radio. You also have multiple ties with business leaders in the area that also support the events or charities you choose to support.

-Provide value to listeners: When pitching your business to radio stations, emphasize how your products or services can benefit their audience. Highlight any unique features, special offers, or community contributions your business offers. Make sure you can say what the benefit is in 15 seconds or less. 

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-Build relationships: Establishing relationships with radio hosts, producers, or media personnel can increase your chances of being featured. Attend networking events or reach out to them directly to introduce yourself and your business.

-Online radio, social media and podcasts: Consider exploring online radio stations and podcasts that cater to your target audience. Many of these platforms provide opportunities for business shout outs or interviews.

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Remember, while free radio shout outs can be beneficial, it's essential to have a comprehensive marketing strategy that encompasses various channels to reach your target audience effectively. We can do that for you!

From promotional marketing and radio ads, SEO and digital marketing, to helping you with your website and social media, we got you! Contact for your FREE business marketing overview to see how we can help stretch your marketing dollars.

Get the Cat Country Utah app and you can listen and score FREE prizes and FREE business shout outs across the state of Utah!

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Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival '24 Full Lineup

This May 4th, we'll be taking over The Brick Streets for our 10th Annual Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival, produced by 101.5 KNUE and Radio Texas, LIVE! with Buddy Logan.

This year's festival will be on Saturday May, 4th. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. CT Friday, Feb. 2nd, at

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