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Outdoors blog archive for Dec. 2011

THURSDAY, DEC. 29, 2011


WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28, 2011


TUESDAY, DEC. 27, 2011


Montana wildlife photographer braved clouds of mosquitoes to snap this photo last summer in Alaska as bears converged on rivers to feast on spawning salmon. The grizzly cub seems to be content to daydream while its mother does the work of providing food for a meal.
 (Jaime Johnson)

Tue., Dec. 27, 2011, 6:21 a.m.

Grizzly cub lets mom worry about dinner

WILDLIFE -- Montana wildlife photographer Jaime Johnson braved clouds of mosquitoes to snap these photos last summer in Alaska as bears converged on rivers to feast on spawning salmon. The cub (top left) seems to be content to daydream while its mother does the work...

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MONDAY, DEC. 26, 2011


Snowshoeing is another popular activity in the West Glacier area. (Darrin Schreder / Courtesy Glacier Country Tourism)

Mon., Dec. 26, 2011, 7:02 a.m.

Activities abound for nordic skiers, snowshoers 

WINTER SPORTS -- Free-heel skiers and snowshoers have plenty of events to sample in the next two weeks. Among them: Snowshoeing activites organized by Spokane Parks and Recreation include: Winter survival youth camp, Dec. 28-29, to learn snowshoeing and snow shelter building skills. Mount Spokane...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 25, 2011


SATURDAY, DEC. 24, 2011



FRIDAY, DEC. 23, 2011


Following snow covered Forest Service roads snowmobilers gain elevation and access to outstanding off-trail powder, terrain, snow bowls, and scenery. (Craig Hill)

Fri., Dec. 23, 2011, 9:08 a.m.

Avalanche advisory: Big transition expected 

WINTER SPORTS -- The Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center has offered suggestions for winter backcountry travelers in its weekly advisory posted today. Overall, conditions are fairly safe -- for now! "Be cautious near ridgelines and where wind deposited snow is deeper and possibly firmer overlying a...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 22, 2011


A quick snack: A juvenile bald eagle, which doesn’t yet have the coloration of an adult, throws its wings back and its talons forward, preparing to snatch a kokanee salmon from the surface of Lake Coeur d’Alene on Saturday. The gathering of migrating eagles peaks in mid-December as the birds gorge on the spawned-out kokanee that are plentiful in the lake’s Wolf Lodge Bay.  On the Web: Watch a video about the eagles’ annual journey at spokesman.com/video.jesset@spokesman.com (Jesse Tinsley)

Thu., Dec. 22, 2011, 6:14 p.m.

Bald eagle numbers may be peaking at CdA

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The number of bald eagles gathering at Lake Coeur d'Alene appears to have peaked or may be declining slightly after last week's record count of 259 birds in Wolf Lodge Bay. In today's survey, a total of 237 bald eagles -- 204...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2011


Wed., Dec. 21, 2011, 9:35 a.m.

Feds want to turn over wolf management to states

WILDLIFE -- The Obama administration today declared more than 4,000 wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin have recovered from widespread extermination and will be removed from the endangered species list. After devoting four decades and tens of millions of dollars to saving the gray wolf,...

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Wed., Dec. 21, 2011, 8:31 a.m.

Veterinarian sues Idaho agency over poaching charges

HUNTING – A veterinarian accused of poaching an elk in North Idaho has filed a federal lawsuit against state wildlife officials. The Bonner County Daily Bee reports Roland Hall is accusing the Idaho Department of Fish and Game of civil rights violations, negligence, intentional infliction...

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Pronghorns are among many western wildlife species that depend on migration routes to survive the four seasons.  (Wildlife Conservation Society)

Wed., Dec. 21, 2011, 7:04 a.m.

Report: many western species need room to roam

WILDLIFE -- A conservation group is putting a Spotlight on wildlife migrations. Wildlife Conservation Society report tracks migration routes in the West In its new report, "Spectacular Migrations in the Western U.S.," (pdf) the Wildlife Conservation Society discusses the importance of maintaining ecologically intact corridors...

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Wed., Dec. 21, 2011, 6:25 a.m.

Wolverines live up to tough reputation

WILDLIFE RESEARCH -- A recent study published in the Journal of Wildlife Management confirmed that wolverines regularly patrol a vast mountain territory. Eight years of radio-tracking 30 individual wolverines in the Rocky Mountains has provided an abundance of new data about the world's largest member...

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