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THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2015

A 5 year old grizzly bear wakes up after being trapped by researchers, tranquilized and radio collared north of Upper Priest Lake in 2012. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Grizzly bear researchers working near Sullivan Lake

WILDLIFE -- Federal grizzly bear researchers are working near the Salmo-Priest Wilderness to trap and fit GPS collars on grizzly bears. The researchers also are trying to get DNA samples from other bears to help determine the number of grizzlies in the Idaho-Washington Selkirk Mountains....

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Greater sage grouse (AP / File)

Otter orders Idaho sage grouse plan

UPLAND BIRDS -- Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has signed an executive order requiring state executive agencies to adopt Idaho’s Sage-Grouse Management Plan. The plan demonstrates the state’s commitment to a viable sage grouse population while also maintaining predictable levels of use on public lands,...

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TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2015

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FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015

Lynn and Stan Mrzygod lead Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club paddlers out of the Calispell Creek slough area off the Pend Oreille River. (Rich Landers)

Club offers canoe, kayak clinics for paddlers

PADDLING – The annual Flatwater Canoeing Clinic conducted by the Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club is set for May 31 at Medical Lake. The clinic for solo and tandem canoeists covers strokes, equipment, safety and rescue, hypothermia, transporting canoes, launching and canoe trim and paddler...

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THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2015

A trail-cam monitored by Conservation Northwest snapped this photo on Feb. 16, 2015 of an animal later confirmed as a gray wolf by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists. The location, known as the Chiwaukum Range on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in the Cascade Mountains, is roughly 75 miles northeast of Seattle. The site is between Stevens Pass and Leavenworth, south of Highway 2. (Conservation Northwest)

Wolf documented between Leavenworth and Stevens Pass 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- A gray wolf was photographed in February by a trail cam between Leavenworth and Stevens Pass, state and federal biologists have confirmed. The confirmation is another piece of mounting evidence that the wolves are advancing their recovery toward the West Side of...

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Mount Rainier is seen at dawn last month from Seattle, some 50 miles away from the national park. (Associated Press)

Mount Rainier Park prices increasing

PARKS -- Today is the last day for the $15 per vehicle access fee to visit Mount Rainier National Park. The park will start increasing camping fees on Friday, May 22. Annual passes, which are good for one year, will rise, first to $40 Friday,...

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Lake Roosevelt water level chart for May 21, 2015. (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)

Lake Roosevelt refill won't start until June 1

BOATING -- The level of Lake Roosevelt is likely to fluctuate in the 1,248-1,252 feet elevation range through the end of May, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says. That could keep Memorial Day weekend boaters and campers on their toes, especially if they're beach camping....

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Western rattlesnake. (Jaimie Johnson)

Rattlesnake strike easier to handle in slo-mo

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- "They are pretty misunderstood creatures – honestly they will do almost anything to not bite someone." That's the up-close observation of Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson, who's been spending some quality time with rattlesnakes lately. He and his wife, Lisa, have been...

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column.





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