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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2012

THURSDAY, DEC. 13, 2012

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12, 2012

Wolf killed on Spokane Indian Reservation 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- A gray wolf has been killed on the Spokane Indian Reservation by a tribal member who was trapping other species, according to B.J. Kieffer, the tribe's Natural Resources Department director. "The incidental take occurred (Dec. 10) within the boundaries of the reservation,...

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Altai Skis new ski, the Hok, along side some inspiration, traditional go anywhere skis from the Altai Mountains. (courtesy)

Altai skis open house Saturday in Curlew

WINTER SPORTS -- Three-pin skiing guru Nils Larsen of Curlew is exposing his latest wares this weekend, inspired by his 2005 expedition to the remote Altai Mountains of China. See a video of Larsen's exposure to the backcountry horsemen who made skis to keep track...

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Two Montana bighorn rams battle for breeding superiority during the December mating season. ©Jaime Johnson (Jaime Johnson)

Photographer focuses on battling bighorn rams

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Bighorn rams defy the concussion issue plaguing the sport of football. With unbelievable power they reserved for the mating seasons, males prove their superiority with a challenging ram by squaring off and rising to their hind feet to "ram" their horns together....

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TUESDAY, DEC. 11, 2012

U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., speaks at the Seattle Aquarium after hearing from a panel formed by Gov. Chris Gregoire to address the issue of ocean acidification, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, in Seattle. Gregoire later signed an executive order directing the Department of Ecology to work on the problem of ocean acidification by reducing carbon dioxide emissions, keeping polluted runoff out of marine waters, and increasing water monitoring.

National Park group honors Dicks for conservation

PUBLIC LANDS -- Retiring Congressman Norm Dicks has receive a conservation award from a national parks group. The Coalition of National Park Service Retirees has awarded its highest honor, The George B. Hartzog Award, to Rep. Norm Dicks, D-WA, for his career-long support of America’s...

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Many species of waterfowl were feeding and rearing their young on the wetlands Ducks Unlimited has restored on the former pasture land at the Slavin Conservation Area. (Rich Landers)

Ducks Unlimited looking for helpers Thursday in Spokane

CONSERVATION -- Ducks Unlimited is holding a recruitment meeting Thursday (Dec. 13) in Spokane for people interested in helping organize a fundraiser for wildlife habitat projects. DU is a nonprofit (501.c.3), volunteer run, conservation organization, that covers the USA, Mexico and Canada. Bernard Brown, DU's...

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MONDAY, DEC. 10, 2012

Colville Tribe: "Wolves starting to have an impact" 16 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- No wolves have been killed yet in the first regulated wolf hunting season within the borders of Washington, the Colville Confederated Tribes report. Although gray wolves are still protected by state endangered species regulations, the tribe opened a season two weeks ago...

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WDFW extends deadline for fishing rules comments

FISHING -- The public will have more time to review proposed changes to state sportfishing rules under an extended comment period announced Friday by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Under the new timeline, WDFW will accept written comments through Jan. 29 on the...

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Gonzaga Prep wresting team members build a cedar strip canoe for their annual fund-raising raffle. (Courtesy)

G-Prep wrestlers build cedar canoe with teamwork

PADDLING – Gonzaga Prep wresters are pinning their annual fundraising goals on a 17-foot cedar-strip canoe they built with their own hands. “We started during summer and we’re just doing the hand-caned bamboo seas and putting the finishing touches on it,” team Coach Danny Pearson...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 7, 2012

Fire burns Panhandle warming hut; tips sought 

PUBLIC LANDS -- Forest Service law enforcement officers are investigating the destruction of the Skitwish Warming Hut, which was discovered this morning to have been destroyed by fire sometime during the past 48 hours. The warming hut is located approximately 14 miles east of Coeur...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 6, 2012



WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5, 2012



A  bald  eagle flies off with its catch at Frentress Lake in the backwaters of the Mississippi River Friday, March 19, 2010, in East Dubuque, Ill. People have reported seeing over fifty  bald  eagles at once. (AP Photo/The Telegraph Herald, Jessica Reilly)  (AP Photo/The Telegraph Herald, Jessica Reilly)

Bald eagle numbers increase at Lake CdA

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- A total of 121 bald eagles were counted Tuesday in the Wolf Lodge Bay area of Lake Coeur d'Alene, up from 100 eagles counted on Nov. 27 during their annual congregation to feast on spawning kokanee. BLM wildlife biologist Carrie Hugo said...

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