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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2017

SUNDAY, JAN. 15, 2017

FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2017

Circle shows approximate range of the Profanity Peak wolf pack, which is north of U.S. 20 in Ferry County, Washington.w (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Profanity Peak wolf pack removal cost state $135K 15 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Washington wildlife managers spent $135,000 to kill seven of 11 gray wolves in a pack that had attacked or killed about 15 cattle on national forest grazing allotments in northeastern Washington last summer and fall. The Department of Fish and Wildlife have...

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Dave Morrow and his son Jeremy share their steelhead fishing spot with somebody's dog on a bitter cold day at Wawawai Landing on the Snake River. (Rich Landers)

Steelhead anglers warm up to frigid fishing

FISHING -- “Because I’m stupid,” said Dave Morrow, anticipating the question as a reporter approached. The angler had no better reason than that for leaving his warm house in Spokane last Saturday – the temperature was minus 7 degrees when he and his son, Jeremy,...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 12, 2017




This Oct. 19, 2016, file photo shows the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River in Washington. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Snake River dams projects may be delayed by appeal 

RIVERS -- Salmon advocates who favor dam removal are asking a judge to bar the federal government from making substantial investments to Snake River dams until a five-year review of the hydro system is complete. In a motion for injunctive relief, the National Wildlife Federation...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2017

A Montana grizzly bear feeds on huckleberries. (Jaime Johnson)

Grizzly bear delisting put on hold 

ENDANGERED SPECIES – Federal officials are delaying their decision on whether to lift protections for more than 700 grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park and allow controlled hunting in some areas outside of the park, the Associated Press reports. Despite expert opinions that...

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Cris Currie of the Friends of Mount Spokane State Park, helped restore Cook's Cabin. (Rich Landers)

Mount Spokane board seeks new directors

PARKS – The Friends of Mount Spokane State Park board of directors is looking for new members. The non-profit board has a maximum membership of 15 directors and serves as a link between the park manager and park visitors, says Cris Currie, president. “It provides...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 10, 2017



MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2017


Coyote and badger at Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center in northern Colorado. (Kimberly Fraser / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Photos: Coyote, badger hunt together  

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- A coyote and badger hunting together on the prairie surrounding the National Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center in northern Colorado, confirmed in photos, seems like a very unusual association. But U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services biologists say coyotes and badgers are known to...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 8, 2017

FRIDAY, JAN. 6, 2017

Ben Parsons competes in the Whitefish Whiteout at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Whitefish, Mont., in 2016. Parsons, 36, died Jan. 5, 2017, of injuries suffered in an avalanche in Glacier National Park. Parsons was an endurance athlete who competed in mountain bike and ski mountaineering races.  (Greg Lindstrom / Flathead Beacon via AP)

Avalanche kills backcountry skier in Glacier Park

WINTERSPORTS -- An endurance athlete and firefighter who was partially buried in an avalanche while backcountry skiing in Montana’s Glacier National Park died as emergency crews tried to rescue him, officials said Friday. Ben Parsons, 36, of Kalispell, was a skilled outdoor adventurer who competed...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2017



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