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2011 visuals: Grizzlies, cougars, sage grouse and other critters of note

WILDLIFE -- While some photographs snapped in the region marked wildlfie milestones in 2011, some were simply one of a kind. 

Click "Continue reading" at the bottom of this post to see a sampling of photos to get a sense for what I mean.  Click on photos for captions.


A helicopter's speedy pursuit and net capture of pronghorns in Nevada for transport and REINTRODUCTION IN WASHINGTON was captured on amateur video last winter and posted on YouTube.  If you think helicopter net gunning is child's play, you need to watch this. 

See video above and then click here for one video showing the intensity of the helicoptering skills required. Listen for the two shots as the gutsy gunner -- tethered by a cable out the door of the rocking ship -- fires nets down on the speeing pronghorns.  The video above shows the netting done closer to the camera in the final frames.

Un January 2011, I ran a package of stories detailing the reintroduction of these unique critters to Washington.

The footage was shot by volunteers in Nevada during  the roundup of 100 pronghorns destined for the Jan. 15-16 re-introduction on the Yakama Indian Reservation in central Washington.

After the animals were netted, the volunteers raced out to untangle them and secure them so they wouldn't injure themselves before transport. The project was funded by Safari Club International.

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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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