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Cold days prime for wildlife viewing

A whitetail doe browses on a cold morning near the Sunset Hill in west Spokane on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2010. (Todd Klement)
A whitetail doe browses on a cold morning near the Sunset Hill in west Spokane on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2010. (Todd Klement)

WILDLFIE WATCHING -- Todd Klement, who lives in Spokane west of Highway 195, bought himself a pair of snowshoes for Christmas, and this morning was prime time to try them out in 9 inches of fresh powder and 0 degree temperatures.

He didn't have to go farther than the edge of town to find a national-park-like wildlife watching experience.

Snow and bitter cold have a way of making wildlife more available to our viewing pleasure as the animals congregate in lowlands near food sources.

In a few hours of hiking, Klement saw white-tailed deer, fresh moose tracks, numerous birds and a porcupine.

"I know the porcupine picture is blurry," he apologized in an e-mail, "but have any of you tried to get a porcupine to stop when he doesn't want to pose for a picture? Very uncooperative."




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

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