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Outdoors blog archive for Sept. 2012

SATURDAY, SEPT. 29, 2012

FRIDAY, SEPT. 28, 2012

Gray wolves can range in color from white to black. (File)

Bad week for wolves in Washington and elsewhere 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Some people are cheering and others are mourning Washington's mission involving a helicopter and gunman to kill six wolves this week and eliminate the Wedge Pack in northern Stevens County. Eliminating a pack is a milestone in Washington wolf recovery and management....

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Riverside State Park visitors take advantage of the new steps leading up from the Bowl and Pitcher footbridge over the Spokane River. (Rich Landers)

State Parks offer free entry on Saturday

PARKS -- To recognize National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Washington State Parks are offering free entry: The Discover Pass is not required. Saturday is one of 12 "free days" offered at State Parks each year. The final 2012 State Parks free days are scheduled...

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Lake Roosevelt water level chart, Sept. 28, 2012. (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)

Lake Roosevelt water levels holding steady

RESERVOIRS -- The level of Lake Roosevelt was 1283.70 at 9 a.m. today (Sept. 28). The lake level is expected to remain in the 1283-1284 range through next week. These are only predictions are subject to change. Get daily lake level forecast by phone, updated...

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Jaime Johnson of Lincoln, MT, photographed this whitetail buck in velvet near his home on Aug. 5, 2011. (Jaime Johnson)

Wyoming whitetails die from disease

HUNTING -- Tough times for deer in a corner of Wyoming, similar to the outbreak that swept through portions of Montana two years ago: Whitetail deer die-off in NE Wyoming worst in decades The Wyoming Game and Fish Department said epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD,...

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The noses of these hounds or many other breeds of dog could help big-game hunters find wounded game if it weren't illegal in Washington.  (Associated Press)

California bans hound hunting for bears 

HUNTING -- Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill banning hound hunting for bears in California, 16 years after Washington state did the same thing by voter initative. Both campaigns were primed and pumped by the Humane Society of the United States and other anti-hunting...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 27, 2012

Black bear slaughter prompted by feeding

WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS -- Don't bite the hand that feeds wildlife. Chop it off. Montana wildlife agents euthanize five food-conditioned bears After neighbors complained about someone in Heron feeding bears, Montana wildlife agents investigated and found five, well-fed food-conditioned black bears that they had to kill.

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The sun and nearby clouds of smoke turn a brilliant red where a wildfire burns past the paved section of Number 1 Canyon Road Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, near Wenatchee, Wash. Crews in central Washington and Wyoming worked Monday to protect homes from two of the many wildfires burning throughout the West as a destructive fire season stretches into September with no relief expected from the weather anytime soon. The National Weather service issued red-flag warnings for wide swaths of eastern Washington and Oregon, Idaho, Montana and all of Wyoming, meaning conditions could exacerbate blazes. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

Peak fire season tips for hunters

HUNTING -- It's not news that the fields are dry and fire danger is extreme. But don't let your guard down when you go out hunting or recreating. One thoughtless moment in these conditions can be costly. Hunters, who have an especially big responsibility to...

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The Wedge Pack, one of about 12 wolf packs in Washington, has been targeted for lethal removal after numerous attacks on cattle in northern Stevens County during the summer of 2012.

State kills 3 more Wedge Pack wolves today

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Three wolves from the Wedge Pack in northern Stevens County were killed by a shooter in a helicopter today as the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife continued its effort to stop persistent attacks on livestock by eliminating the pack. Since early...

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On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods: The Northern Reaches by Bruce Bjornstad and Eugene Kiver (Keokee). (Courtesy photo)

Geology prof talks on Ice Age floods

LAND FORMS – A free program on “Missoula Floods in the Northern Rockies,” will be presented Thursday, 7 p.m., at Spokane Community College Student Union Building. The program will be presented by Gene Kiver, a book author, retired geology professor and stalwart in the Ice...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 25, 2012

Disabled hunters sign up for access

HUNTING– Qualificed applicants have until Sept. 30 to sign up in a drawing for special access to hunting areas through the Coeur d'Alene River Ranger District’s Hunters with Disabilities Program. Disabled hunters must sign up in person at either the Forest Service’s Silver Valley Office,...

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.

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