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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2014

TUESDAY, DEC. 30, 2014

A 430-pound male grizzly bear was trapped, tranquilized and fitted with a GPS collar north of Nordman, Idaho, on June 21, 2014, by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service researchers. (Alex Welander / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Grizzly bear range expansion debated in Idaho

WILDLIFE -- Should grizzly bears be relocated to the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness? Idaho ponders the possibility. Idahoans face decisions on just where they want to see grizzly bears There are an estimated 700 grizzly bears roaming the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and next year the U.S. Fish...

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Duck hunting poster.

You bagged a banded duck; now what? 

Q. I shot a mallard recently that had an aluminum band around its leg. How do I report it? A. To report the band, call toll-free to 1-800-327-2263 (BAND) or report online. You can keep the band, as most duck hunters want to do. The...

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MONDAY, DEC. 29, 2014


Lisa Sunderman of Spokane Nordic, left, starts a cross-country skiing lesson with The Spokesman-Review Slice columnist, Paul Turner, and his partner, Carol. (Rich Landers)

The Slice meets the Mount Spokane nordic trails

WINTERSPORTS -- The Mount Spokane cross-country ski trails were a happy place to be on Saturday, as snow dumped onto the sprawling 60K trail system -- finally -- and The Spokesman-Review's beloved columnist Paul Turner turned out for his first cross-country skiing lesson. Lisa Sunderman,...

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These cartridges with lead bullets are illegal for hunting in certain California areas to protect condors from lead poisoning.  (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Lead ammo still targeted despite court ruling 

Environmental groups say a recent court loss won’t make them remove lead ammo from their crosshairs. "We are absolutely going to push forward with our campaign to end lead ammunition. We think it’s the right thing to do for both wildlife and human health," Bill...

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A mountain lion, also known as a cougar. (Associated Press)

Cougar hunting closes Jan. 2 in some areas

HUNTING -- Cougar hunting seasons will close Jan. 2 in several areas of Washington where harvest quotas have been reached, the Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced. Of the state's 49 cougar hunt areas, four will close Jan. 2, including Game Management Units (GMUs)...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 28, 2014

Snowmobilers killed crossing Seeley Lake 

Two snowmobilers who died Friday after plunging into a lake’s frigid waters were taking a fairly common shortcut home by venturing onto the ice instead of sticking to a road around the lake, Missoula County sheriff’s officials said. Unfortunately, Seeley Lake had yet to completely...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 26, 2014

Fly fishers cast for brown trout along the stained rock-garden limestone cliffs that border central Montana's Smith River where special permits are required to float a 59-mile scenic stretch. (Rich Landers)

Smith River floaters not ready to be bear savvy

CAMPING -- Just about every outdoor park and forest in North America that has bears requires bear-resistant camping methods. But even in the wake of having to kill eight bears that had become camp robbers, Montana lags... Montana Parks Board won't require bear-proof food containers...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 24, 2014


A flying flock of teal – bluewing or cinnamon – photographed by Steve Jamsa of Bonners Ferry is the grand prize runner-up in the 2014 Ducks Unlimited photo contest.

Waterfowlers should be on watch for avian flu

HUNTING -- Although it's mainly a West Side issue at this point, all Washington waterfowlers should be on avian influenza alert after two birds have been documented with the disease this month. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking for the public's help...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 23, 2014





MONDAY, DEC. 22, 2014

Skijoring with dogs is is allowed on designated groomed nordic skiing trails twice a week at Mount Spokane State Park (Diana Roberts)

Clinics prep skiers, dogs for skijoring

WINTERSPORTS -- Skiers can learn to have a wild time with their dogs during skijoring clinics this season. Skijoring is a sport in which a person wearing skis is drawn over snow dog-sledding style by one or more dogs. Clinics include: Jan. 8 at the...

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A bobcat checks out a northwest Spokane neighborhood. (Sarah Lathrop)

Photo: Bobcat visits Northwest Neighborhood

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- A bobcat made a guest appearance in a northwest neighborhood recently. The photo was captured by Sarah Lathrop above Park Boulevard at Glass and H streets -- just above Downriver Golf Course. It was posted on the Northwest Neighborhood - Spokane Facebook...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 21, 2014

SATURDAY, DEC. 20, 2014

FRIDAY, DEC. 19, 2014


The snowshoer's warming hut maintained by the Panhandle Nordic Club sits in the snowless mountains at Fourth of July Pass on Dec. 18, 2014.  (Geoff Harvey)

Snowshoe hut looks lonesome on brown ground

WINTERSPORTS -- Brown-earth-weary skiers, boarders and snowshoers aren't giving up hope in Idaho. "The snowshoe hut is ready for the season," reports Geoff Harvey of the Panhandle Nordic Club after rigging up the warming structure on the Fourth of July pass winter trail system and...

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