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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2013

TUESDAY, JAN. 8, 2013


Bohemian waxwing
 (The Spokesman-Review)

Watching birds eat piques curious minds

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- There's a difference between seeing wildlife and observing them. Here's a thought just posted by Moscow birder Terry Gray: I have been spending some time over the past years watching birds that eat fruit or which some think eat fruit and do...

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Scout, Rich Landers' English setter, nails a point on chukars high above the fog socked into the Snake River Valley. The chukar hunting season ends on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (Rich Landers)

Best things about hunting dogs revisited

BIRD DOGGING -- A Facebook friend recently sent me several poignant quotations regarding dogs, which made me think fondly back over the German shorthairs, Brittanys and English setters I've been privileged to own, know, love and hunt. But honestly, I couldn't help but make a...

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MONDAY, JAN. 7, 2013


Scott Stouder, the regional field director for Trout Unlimited, packs his horses and mules through old-growth ponderosa pines as he heads into the Rapid River roadless area drainage near Idaho's Seven Devils Wilderness. 
 (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Court upholds Idaho Roadless Rule

PUBLIC LANDS -- The 9thCircuit Court ruled 3-0 this morning in favor of Idaho and against a challenge some conservation groups have made to the state's roadless rule, which helps designate where motorized vehicle use can be allowed on public lands not otherwise protected. The...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 5, 2013

FRIDAY, JAN. 4, 2013

Randy and Chase Plischke of Spokane with their mixed bag of Chinook and Sockeye after fishing the Upper Columbia River Brewster Pool. (Anton Jones)

Fewer fish to follow record sockeye year

FISHERIES -- A record 515,700 sockeye salmon was counted this year at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department reports. The run count -- the most since counting began at Bonneville Dam in 1938 -- far exceeded the agency's preseason...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 3, 2013


There is evidence that some of the bald eagles who feed at Lake Coeur d'Alene also make their nests in the Inland Northwest.
 (File / The Spokesman-Review)

Bald eagle numbers dropping at Lake CdA

WILDLIFE WATCHING — Although plenty of bald eagles are still hanging around, the annual congregation at Lake Coeur d'Alene peaked around Dec.19 and numbers are declining. Carrie Hugo, U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist, counted 157 bald eagles Thursday in cold, clear weather in...

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Deb Hunsicker of Sagle snowshoes through the Ross Creek Grove of Ancient Cedars near the Bull River in Western Montana last January during a hike guided by Friends of the Scotchman Peaks. 
 (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Winter treks led by Scotchman Peaks group

WINTER SPORTS -- Tracking critters with a naturalist, studying winter ecology and a ladies-only snowshoe trek into an ancient cedar grove are among a dozen outings the public can join in a winter trip series led by the Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. The...

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One of two wolverines photographed by Oregon Fish and Wildlife Department researchers using a motion activated camera at a baited camera station on April 13, 2011 in the Wallowa Mountains. (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Volunteers to be trained for wolverine research

WILDLIFE -- A training workshop will be held Saturday in Sandpoint for volunteers planning to help wildlife researchers monitor wolverines, lynx and fishers in North Idaho this winter. The Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, the Idaho Conservation League and Selkirk Outdoor Leadership and Education (SOLE)...

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A coyote bolts from a wooded area in Finch Arboretum after a blast from the Rodenator Pro. The park is using lethal means to reduce the population of the animals, which number in the hundreds. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Kent man attacked by coyotes in his backyard

WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS -- Predators can be a problem in suburban areas, especially if they are encouraged to be bold by people who leave out pet food or purposely feed them. The consequences of trying to "tame" wildlife can impact everyone in the neighborhood. For example,...

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This undated photo provided by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game shows a cub black bear burned in the Mustang Fire north of Salmon, Idaho. Idaho Fish and Game wildlife veterinarian Mark Drew says a number of facilities offered to care for the 4-month-old cub nicknamed "Boo Boo." He says the Idaho Humane Society was selected Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, because of the cub's medical and other needs. Drew says the cub weighs just 23 pounds but his appetite is good and the wounds have stabilized, seem to be improving and do not appear to have any infection. The cub was discovered Aug. 26 clinging to a tree in the eastern Idaho backcountry recently scorched by a massive wildfire near Salmon. Efforts to find the bear's mother were unsuccessful. (Idaho Department of Fish and Game)

Burned bear cub recovering, may be released

WILDLIFE -- An orphaned black bear cub burned in a wildfire last summer is recovering and may be released in June, an Idaho wildlife sanctuary official said. The 4-month-old bear nicknamed “Boo Boo” was discovered by a fisherman in a tree along the Salmon River...

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Don Gunter of Post Falls uses  a tractor to handle the moose he bagged in Nov. 2011. (Courtesy photo)

Fewer moose permits proposed in Idaho 

HUNTING -- Fewer numbers of moose in Idaho have prompted proposals for fewer moose hunting permits as the Idaho Fish and Game Department takes comments on changing moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat seasons and rules for 2013-2014. Proposed changes in moose tags are in...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 2, 2013


Mark Beattie, assistant manager of Mountain Gear in Spokane, demonstrates the Backcountry Access avalanche airbag system used for backcountry skiing. (Dan Pelle)

Outdoor milestones reached in 2012 

My annual review of the year outdoors published Sunday chronicled a wide range of outdoor stories from 2012. Here are a few milestones that were reached. 2012 Highlights from the field ANNIVERSARIES 125, birth of Aldo Leopold, father of wildlife management. 100, L.L. Bean, Maine....

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