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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2013

FRIDAY, DEC. 20, 2013


Bend to host 2015 x-c mountain bike championships

MOUNTAIN BIKING -- USA Cycling has announced the locations for several of championships for 2015 and 2016, which includes taking the cross country mountain bike nationals to Bend, Ore. Dates have not been announced, but the mountain bike nationals will likely have an impact on...

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Skiers take the chair lift up the hill for another run on Mt. Spokane. (Dan Pelle)

Area resorts offer cool deal for 5th graders

WINTER SPORTS — Once again, fifth-grade students are being treated like royalty at Inland Northwest ski resorts, with free skiing and other discounts. The Fifth Grade Ski or Ride Free Passport, costs $20, entitles students to three free lift tickets at each of the participating...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 19, 2013

An image of a common goldeneye painted with uncommon talent by Robert Steiner, an artist from San Francisco, Calif., is the winner of the 2012 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest.

Bill would raise duck stamp to $25

CONSERVATION -- A bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate today to increase the price of the federal duck stamp to $25. The current price of $15 was set more than 20 years ago, in 1991. "We appreciate the introduction of a federal duck stamp...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18, 2013

Soaring high: A bald eagle wheels patiently high above Lake Coeur d’Alene on Friday during the annual gathering of eagles in December to feast on spawned-out kokanee salmon. Though fewer in number than in other years, several birds were feeding Friday near Higgens Point on Wolf Lodge Bay with others stationed around Beauty Bay. (Jesse Tinsley)

Eagle count soars to 129 at Lake CdA

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The annual bald eagle gathering at Lake Coeur d'Alene continues to grow, with plenty of birds for viewing as "eagle ambassadors" gear up for the annual Eagle Watch Week activities during the holiday school break. Carrie Hugo, U.S. Bureau of Land Management...

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Wolverines, described as a 30-pound ball of muscle, teeth and attitude, require vast wild areas to roam and survive. Volunteers are helping researchers document where the carnivores are active in the Inland Northwest.

Protection elusive for elusive wolverine

USFWS again extends comment period on protection of wolverines A dispute on the reliability of conflicting research on wolverines was cited by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for its decision to extend by six months the public comment period on a proposal to put...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 17, 2013




A whitetail buck sheds one side of its antlers in December. One more to go. (Jaimie Johnson)

Whitetail buck advertises half-off sale

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The whitetail deer antler shed season has begun, according to Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson. Deer, moose and elk will be dropping their antlers one at a time through February to make room on their heads for next season's crop of what...

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In 2008, the gray wolf, which was re-introduced to the northern Rockies in 1995, flipflopped off and back on the Endangered Species list, endured a brief hunting season in Wyoming, negotiated the Snake River to take up residence in Oregon and had its first comfirmed litter of pups in Washington since the 1930s.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Wolf proponents organize against delisting

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- A coalition of 29 pro-wolf organizations says it submitted 101,416 comments today to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service favoring continued protection for wolves under the Endangered Species Act. Members of the Pacific Wolf Coalition say they have organized in response to...

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A herd of deer uses a wildlife underpass on Highway 21 east of Boise not long after it was constructed in spring 2011.

Migrations Part 1: Roadkill pegs critter movements

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Migrations are the topic of this week's wildlife story series Idaho Fish and Game is presenting online during the department's 75th anniversary observance. In Part 1 of the three-part post of "reminders" on migrations, the department notes that mammal movements can be...

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a group of Colockum Wildlife Area elk stand by confused after one elk was tranquilized by a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife aerial gunner so it could be fitted a radio collar for research on the herd. (Washington Fish and Wildlife Department)

Washington surveys public on wildlife management

WILDLIFE -- The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is conducting a public opinion survey to help identify key wildlife issues to be addressed in the department’s 2015-2021 Game Management Plan. The information gathered from the survey will help WDFW update its current plan, originally...

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MONDAY, DEC. 16, 2013

Fat bikes take advantage of huge low-pressure tires.

Recent outdoors stories in the Spokesman-Review

Dogs vulnerable to Idaho wolf traps Live large outdoors this winter Field Reports: Yellowstone grizzlies, WA surveys public on wildlife issues In Brief: Proposal regulates mule deer hunting Elk study planned in North Idaho Guest opinion: Columbia River plan fails to protect salmon Weekly Hunting-Fishing...

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Steelhead: Fin structure good with distinct margins. Normal head, slender body.  (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Hanford Reach steelhead fishing rusty in December

FISHING -- The Columbia River steelhead fishing report for December in the Hanford Reach isn't anything to get excited about. Here's the summary just posted by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fisheries biologist Paul Hoffarth in the Tri-Cities: Cold weather has kept anglers away...

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