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An Idaho elk calf hoof in black bear scat. (Rich Landers)

Elk calves born to be prey

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Here's the latest poop on predators in the Inland Northwest: They appear to be well-fed. During one day of hiking north of Lake Pend Oreille, I came across two scats within five miles containing calf elk hooves. One was the scat of...

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Habitat destruction, compounded by the recent energy boom in Wyoming, have put more pressure on sage grouse and their struggle to keep their home on the range. (Wyoming Game and Fish)

Report: Federal lands huge economic factor

PUBLIC LANDS -- No wonder some people want to take over federal lands for private interests. Turns out they're damned valuable. U.S. Interior Department: 1 in 4 jobs in Wyoming tied to federal lands In a report issued this week, the U.S. Department of Interior...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2015

Major wildfires burning in Alaska on June 28, 2015.

Fires make Alaska hot spot for summer vacation 

OUTDOOR TRAVEL -- Good timing if you, like me, picked this summer for a wilderness adventure in Alaska. Alaska's wildfire season worries scientists While 2004 is currently the holder of the record wildfire year in Alaska, fire activity this month has put 2015 in contention...

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Panhandle lakes stocked with trout for holiday

FISHING -- The Idaho Fish and Game Department is stocking 10- to 12-inch hatchery rainbow trout in a dozen Panhandle lakes in the news few weeks to enhance the Fourth of July holiday fishing experience. Photographers know this also is a good time to get good osprey feeding...

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Fishing skills are taught at the Washington Outdoor Women workshops. (courtesy)

Washington Outdoor Women workshops in September

OUTDOOR SKILLS -- Women can learn the basics of fishing, hunting and other outdoor skills at a September weekend workshop presented by Washington Outdoor Women. The annual workshop is scheduled Sept.18-20 at Camp Waskowitz near North Bend. WOW is a non-profit program dedicated to teaching...

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An advertising campaign inspired by drought encourages California residents to landscape with native plants that need less water.  The ads also encourage people to take shorter showers and use brooms to sweep instead of hosing off driveways and sidewalks. (San Francisco Public Utilities Commission)

End of June drought report in a word: bleak 

CLIMATE CHANGE -- If we were smart here in the Inland Northwest, we'd let 2015 be our incentive to embrace water conservation. Fish and wildlife depend on water the flows on the surface as well as that precious ground water. All sources of water, from...

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MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2015

Kokanee are a major forage fish for putting size on Lake Pend Oreille's trophy predator fishg. Fly fisher Aaron Richter caught this 31.5-pound, 42-inch-long Gerrard rainbow trout a tributary to the Clark Fork River and Lake Pend Oreille, on March 31, 2010. (Aaron Richter)

Idaho fishing rule changes proposed

FISHING – Public meetings are scheduled this week to air changes in fishing regulations proposed for 2016-2018 by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. The proposals have been drafted based on previous public meetings, angler surveys and work by fisheries biologist. Proposals for the...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 2015


FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2015


For years, ATVs have dominated the market for getting hunters to remote places. But recent local sales indicate that many off-road enthusiasts are turning to UTVs. (THOMAS CLOUSE PHOTOS)

Forest Service opening routes for WATVs

PUBLIC LANDS -- Several routes for wheeled ATVs (WATVs) will open on Friday, June 26, across the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. WATVs are different from ATVs in that they are designed or modified for on-road use according to regulations set by Washington House Bill 1632 of...

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column.





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