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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 2015

FRIDAY, JAN. 30, 2015





Idaho Department of Fish and Game wildlife biologist Lacy Robinson talks about a wolf pup survival study in a public presentation. (Kathy Plonka)

Idaho director weary of wolf-facts distortion 66 

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- Since Idaho's main wolf biologist, Jim Hayden, made a routine presentation on the status of the state's wolf population to the state Fish and Game Commission two weeks ago, the spin on the numbers has been dizzying -- and distorting. IFG Director...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 29, 2015

This undated image provided by Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks shows a wolf in Montana. (Associated Press)

Montana tries profit incentive to boost wolf control 13 

PREDATORS -- Montana hunters and trappers aren't killing enough wolves to keep the population down to state management goals. So... Montana hunters, trappers may now export wolf pelts In order to keep hunters and trappers interested in wolves, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks successfully requested...

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Stevens Pass is offering $12 lift tickets on Super Bowl Sunday. (Courtesy)

Be the 12th player on the slopes - for $12

WINTERSPORTS -- Acknowledging that there might be some serious competition for visitors this weekend, Stevens Pass Ski Area is deflating ticket prices on Super Bowl Sunday. In a Re-Peat performance from last year, the resort is offering $12 lift tickets good for 4 hours --...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 28, 2015




Mountain bikers cross Warm Springs meadow on the Warm Springs Trail in the proposed Boulder-White Clouds wilderness area in central Idaho near Sun Valley in 2004. 
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Wilderness vs. monument for Boulder White-Clouds?

PUBLIC LANDS -- Some Idaho groups are supporting national monument status for the Boulder-White Clouds rather than a compromise wilderness bill. Groups weigh in on Idaho U.S. Rep. Simpson's wilderness bill Idaho U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch introduced legislation last week to prevent...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 27, 2015


A gray wolf is seen on the run near Blacktail Pond in Yellowstone National Park in Park County, Wyo. The Obama administration on Friday June 7, 2013, proposed lifting federal protections for gray wolves across most of the Lower 48 states, a move that would end four decades of recovery efforts.  (Yellowstone National Park)

Wolf advocates petition for threatened status 16 

PREDATORS -- Overlooking the most astonishing if not over-successful recoveries of wildlife under the Endangered Species Act, pro-wolf groups are still trying to argue that the effort to reintroduce wolves to the Northern Rockies has failed. Wildlife advocates petitioned federal officials today to reclassify gray...

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Snowmobilers share groomed trails with recreationists on foot and sometimes wildlife. (FILE)

Forest Service sets rule for oversnow vehicles 

WINTERSPORTS -- Just-released news of special interest to backcountry skiers and snowmobilers alike: The U.S. Forest Service today released the final policy for managing snowmobile and other "over-snow" vehicle use on national forests and grasslands. As directed by court order, the policy requires that roads,...

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An angler holds a fine Clearwater steelhead caught with the help of Clarkston-based fishing guide Toby Wyatt, right. (Courtesy)

Steelheading improves in Idaho's Clearwater River

FISHING -- Anglers fishing the Clearwater River are enjoying a healthy increase in the number of steelhead returning, according to the Idaho Fish and Game Department. After a lackluster season in 2013-2014, the number of “B-run” steelhead is up in 2015, and anglers are taking...

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MONDAY, JAN. 26, 2015

Alex Harris, 37, of Coeur d'Alene shot this 52-inch bull moose on Sept. 19, 2013, in Idaho's Unit 6 in the St. Joe River drainage. (Jacob Rothrock )

20 moose tags added to North Idaho hunts

HUNTING -- The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has set seasons for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goats for 2015, adding moose tags for the Panhandle Region and adding new hunts farther south for bighorn sheep. The new rules will include the following changes: Panhandle...

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