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Outdoors blog archive for Feb. 2017

TUESDAY, FEB. 28, 2017





MONDAY, FEB. 27, 2017

Most wildfires across the nation are human-caused. (Associated Press)

84 percent of wildfires caused by humans, study finds

WILDFIRES -- A study analyzing wildfire records from 1992-2012 has found that humans started 84 percent of all wildfires nationwide. In northwestern states — including Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and Montana — humans started about half of all wildfires, says University of Idaho researcher John Abatzoglou....

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Rock Creek, swollen with runoff, roars over Towell  Falls on the BLM's Escure Ranch area on Feb. 25, 2017 (Mike Miller)

Hiking: Scablands waterfalls roar with runoff

HIKING -- Snowmelt pouring off the scablands provided a treat for hikers exploring BLM's Escure Ranch in the Rock Creek Recreation area south of Sprague on Saturday. (See map.) Here's a report from Mike Miller: Towell Falls was in excellent shape Saturday, 25 February 2017....

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SUNDAY, FEB. 26, 2017

SATURDAY, FEB. 25, 2017

JACKSON, WYOMING -- Elk, part of a herd of more than 1,600, make their way through blowing snow at the National Elk Refuge outside Jackson Hole, Wyo., where, for 90 years, elk coming down from the high country for the winter, have gathered where they are fed through the season. Almost 8,000 elk in three herds, fed alfalfa pellets daily in the coldest months, start arriving in mid-October from the surrounding high country. Tourists can reach the herd by horse-drawn sleigh. (Michael Kodas / Associated Press)

Montana lawmakers want Wyoming to stop feeding elk 

WILDLIFE -- The Montana Senate has voted to tell Wyoming and federal wildlife officials to stop feeding elk outside Yellowstone National Park. The Associated Press reports that the resolution passed 50-0 Friday over concerns the feeding grounds increase the transmission of diseases that can be...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017




Logo for BLM, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

BLM settles suit on wolf hunting contest permits 35 

HUNTING -- Years of legal skirmishes stemming from an Idaho predator hunting derby reached a partial decision yesterday. Very few predators were killed in the derby and no wolves, but the lawsuit seeks to sensationalize the event and chip away at the ability to conduct...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 23, 2017




WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017


Dick Stallman was 34 when he tested the revolutionary jet-powered outboards he developed by running a sled up the Rogue River in 1962.
 (Courtesy of Outboard Jets)

Fly fishers seek jet-boat ban on upper Rogue

FISHING – A fishing club in Oregon is asking officials to ban jet-powered boat engines from a portion of the upper Rogue River. The Mail Tribune reports that the Medford-based Rogue Flyfishers Association and riverside landowner Greg Layton have filed a petition with the Oregon...

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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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