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Outdoors blog archive for Sept. 2016

FRIDAY, SEPT. 30, 2016

Long Lake Dam on the Spokane River west of Spokane creates Lake Spokane.
 (Avista)

Lake Spokane drawdown begins this weekend

RESERVOIRS -- A drawdown of Lake Spokane will begin on Saturday, Oct. 1, in connection with construction for upgrading the spillway on Long Lake Dam to reduce dissolved oxygen that can harm downstream fish. The Spokane River reservoir will be gradually lowered about 3 feet,...

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The black-footed ferret, seen here in a 1991 Wyoming Game and Fish Department photo, is the only ferret native to North America. 
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Black-footed ferrets get another chance in Montana

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Biologists and wildlife officials have released 18 black-footed ferrets on the Crow Reservation in Montana. The Billings Gazette reports that a convoy of vehicles brought the endangered ferrets into the heart of Crow Country, where they were released near a prairie dog...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 29, 2016



Map updated in June 2016 shows known territories of confirmed wolf packs in Washington. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Wolves kill more cattle in northeastern Washington 57 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Two Washington wolf packs have made documented kills on livestock in northeastern Washington recently. The attacks have been attributed to the Smackout Pack on the Stevens-Pend Oreille county border area as well as the remaining wolves in the Profanity Peak Pack of...

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Sportsmen donate $15,000 track chair to disabled teen

ACCESS – An 18-year-old quadriplegic will get a new lease on his love for the outdoors with a special all-terrain wheelchair on tracks purchased by the Spokane-based Northwest Sportsman’s Club. Boone Bartlome of Kuna, Idaho, will be presented on Saturday with a battery-powered vehicle from...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 28, 2016



A whitetail doe exhibits large tumor-like growths known as fibromas on her skin. The skin disease is not uncommon among deer in the Inland Northwest. It is not known to affect their meat for human consumption, Idaho Fish and Game biologists say. (Rich Landers)

Eek! Why does that deer have warts?

WILDLIFE -- Skin "warts" on deer are alarming to see, but they don't affect the table quality of the meat, experts say. "Idaho Fish and Game receives calls each year about deer with abnormal skin growths," said Kara Campbell, department regional wildlife biologist. Most of...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 27, 2016




MONDAY, SEPT. 26, 2016

A prescribed burn helps rejuvenate forage and wildlife habitat on the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area in northcentral Washington. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Good smoke: Prescribed fire season in full swing 

WILDLIFE HABITAT -- Unlike August, when a smoke plume often signals a wildfire, September into November is the season for intentionally set prescribed burns. These low-intensity controlled fires on national forests, BLM areas and state wildlife lands stimulate growth of wildlife habitat and reduce forest...

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A black bear broke out a window and ravaged the insides of a Subaru near Seeley Lake, MT, for a few food items left inside. (Rich Landers)

Living with bears is slow learning process 

WILDLIFE -- Most savvy campers have heard about the Yosemite black bears that had become adept at opening windows and even trunks like pop-top lids to get to food left inside parked vehicles. Montana bears are becoming similarly sophisticated burglars. At a camping resort near...

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Wanapum Heritage Center.

Wanapum heritage to be displayed in special event 

HERITAGE -- Special Archaeology Days events for kids and adults are being organized Oct. 5-6 at the new Wanapum Heritage Center near Priest Rapids Dam at 29082 Highway 243, Mattawa, Wash. Displays and activities include hide processing, tule mat weaving, traditional hemp-string formation, beadwork, weaving,...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 23, 2016

THURSDAY, SEPT. 22, 2016

Long Lake Dam on the Spokane River west of Spokane creates Lake Spokane.
 (Avista)

Lake Spokane drawdown begins Oct. 1

RESERVOIRS -- A drawdown of Lake Spokane will begin on Oct. 1 in connection with construction for upgrading the spillway on Long Lake Dam to reduce dissolved oxygen that can harm downstream fish. The Spokane River reservoir will be gradually lowered about three feet, likely...

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.




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