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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2014

FRIDAY, DEC. 19, 2014

THURSDAY, DEC. 18, 2014

Volunteers from the Bitterroot Cross-Country Ski Club groom trails near the Gordon Reese Cabin on Forest Service land near Chief Joseph Pass, Montana. (Courtesy photo)

Nordic skiing gets boost at Chief Joseph Pass 

WINTERSPORTS -- Montana's Bitterroot Cross-Country Ski Club is getting a boost from Lost Trail Powder Mountain to keep the nordic trails at Chief Joseph Pass groomed, even after a big dump of powder snow. The agreement calls for the resort to deploy the ski hill’s...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2014

The gray wolf is an apex predator roaming the Inland Northwest, along with the grizzly bear and mountain lion. Elusive wolves sometimes reveal their presence with a howl. (Associated Press)

Wolves kill more sheep in Whitman County 30 

UPDATED 8:15 p.m. with info about missing guard dog. PREDATORS -- More sheep have been killed by a wolf or wolves in northwestern Whitman County since the first attack in decades in the county occurred on Dec. 9. Three dead sheep were investigated Tuesday where...

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A Vermilion Cliffs condor fledgling soars in Arizona. (The Peregrine Fund)

Utah condor chick lost; AZ chicks soaring

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Endangered California condors appear to be two-for three this year in efforts to recover the endangered species to historic range in Arizona and Utah. While no carcass has been spotted or found, biologists following the first documented California condor chick hatched in...

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Turtle under frozen Bayley Lake in the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge.  (Ed Shaw)

Ice skater has window to wintering turtle 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- That November cold snap provided all sorts of opportunities for winter worshippers, including some fine ice skating conditions at the region's lakes. Before the thaw, Ed Shaw was skating on Bayley Lake in the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge when he...

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Mallards by the thousands rest on Royal Lake in the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge of Central Washington in early December. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Ducks galore counted in Columbia Basin

WATERFOWLING -- Impressive numbers of ducks were tallied in a recent winter waterfowl survey for the North Columbia Basin, which includes all important Columbia River pools, large lakes, wasteways, reserves, and Columbia National Wildlife Refuge waters around Grant, Douglas and Adams Counties. During this two-day...

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A multi-exposure image by Spokane pastor-photographer Craig Goodwin illustrates the sequence of a bald eagle snatching a spawning kokanee this week from the waters of Lake Coeur d'Alene. (Craig Goodwin)

CdA bald eagle count nearly doubles in a week 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The number of bald eagles has nearly doubled since last week for their annual gathering to feast on kokanee spawning in the northeastern corner of Lake Coeur d'Alene. Carrie Hugo, U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist, counted 66 bald eagles Tuesday...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 16, 2014

Around midnight on Dec. 2, 2014, a spike bull elk was unlawfully killed by someone using a spotlight and high-powered rifle at about milepost 2 on Sullivan Lake Road near Ione.  (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Tips sought in Ione-area elk poaching case

POACHING -- Washington Fish and Wildlife Police are asking the public for tips to help solve an elk poaching case in Pend Oreille County near Ione. Around midnight on Dec. 2, 2014, a spike bull elk was unlawfully killed by someone using a spotlight and...

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Burned areas are seen around the town of Pateros, Wash., along the Columbia and Methow rivers during summer 2014 fires. (Associated Press)

Deer feeding starts to protect orchards near Pateros

WILDLIFE – Washington wildlife officials are temporarily feeding deer to protect orchards in the Pateros area but they say widespread feeding of Okanogan County mule deer is not needed at this time. Here's the report from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: Northcentral regional...

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Grizzly bear killed by a hunter on May 7, 2014, in Unit 62A was ruled illegal. (Idaho Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Idaho closes grizzly bear shooting case

HUNTING -- An Idaho man has been sentenced to 2 years’ probation after Idaho Fish and Game officials said he illegally killed a grizzly bear. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game announced the conviction on Monday, saying it was the first time the state...

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A grizzly bear feeds in a Western Montana farm field with a herd of cattle on June 17, 2014.  (Jaimie Johnson)

Human encounters take toll on Montana grizzly bears

WILDLIFE -- Eighteen grizzly bears have been killed in encounters with humans in north-central Montana this year, but none had to be destroyed by wardens because they became troublesome, state and federal experts said at a recent conference in Missoula. The statistics were disclosed last...

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MONDAY, DEC. 15, 2014

Reel Time Fishing guide Toby Wyatt gets a workout filleting salmon after a successful day with clients on the Hanford Reach. (Rich Landers)

Hanford kings set records for numbers, catch

FISHING -- Every angler with a clue knows that 2014 was a fabulous fall chinook salmon fishing season on the Columbia River. But Paul Hoffarth, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fisheries biologist in the Tri-Cities, just tallied the following numbers to put the season...

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Hikers find virtually no snow on Dec. 14, 2014, walking through Spokane County's Antoine Peak Conservation Area. (Nora Searing)

Save the snowshoes; let's go for a hike

WINTERSPORTS -- Cross-country skiers and snowshoers have two choices to satisfy their longings in this unusually snow-shy start to winter: Travel. Take a hike. The photos above are two examples in point. Nora Searing found fall-like conditions on the south side of Antoine Peak Conservation...

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Washington Fish and Wildlife police seized 376 whitefish, a trout and nine gillnets from three men who were illegally fishing at Banks Lake on Dec. 8, 2014 (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Fish in low esteem at Grant County court 

POACHING -- It's stunning to learn that: A team of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife police devoted a day and night of surveillance at Banks Lake... One officer hiding in the rocks for 7.5 hours... Before they closed in to make a bust... That...

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Moose populations continue to grow in Washington, Idaho. 
 (File / The Spokesman-Review)

Idaho trophy species rule proposals revealed

HUNTING -- An increase in Idaho Panhandle moose hunting opportunity and other proposals for next year's trophy big-game seasons will be presented at an open house meeting, 3 p.m.-6 p.m., on Thursday, Dec. 18 at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Panhandle Region Office,...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 12, 2014

Vancouver angler Dick Borneman with a typical Columbia River spring chinook salmon.
 (Allen Thomas / The Columbian )

Spring chinook forecast looks good for salmon anglers

FISHING -- Just-released forecasts for spring chinook call for another excellent season in 2015 -- and preliminary forecasts predict another super season for fall chinook and coho. These predictions rival the whopper returns of this year, which prompted records in sport fishing success. (See table...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 11, 2014

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