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TUESDAY, FEB. 17, 2015

A captive bull elk watches intruders from a field at the Rose Lake Elk Ranch last fall near Rose Lake. Gary Queen, the manager of the farm, has said captive elk are regularly tested for disease.  
 (File Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Will Idaho roll dice with wild deer, elk populations? 

HUNTING -- An obscure rule change sought by domestic elk ranchers could wreak havoc on Idaho’s hunting industry by introducing a deadly parasite into wild game populations – something some Idaho veterinarians are describing as “Ebola for wildlife.” S-R Idaho Capitol reporter Betsy Russell posted...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 20, 2015

Ilah Hickman, 14, poses for a photo with a young Idaho giant salamander at the state Capitol in Boise on Monday. Idaho lawmakers worried that special recognition of the Idaho giant salamander could lead to federal protections, have rejected the eighth-grader’s request that it be named the state amphibian. (Betsy Z. Russell)

Salamander spotlights ignorance of Idaho lawmakers 

WILDLIFE -- Usually it's not earth-shaking stuff when school kids approach a legislative body with a campaign to name an official state something-or-other. But Monday's House State Affairs Committee hearing in Boise on a 14-year-old girl's request to name the Idaho giant salamander as the...

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