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MONDAY, JAN. 19, 2015


Canada lynx. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Canada lynx reviewed for endangered status 

ENDANGERED SPECIES — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is starting a review of federally protected Canada lynx at a time when the largest population of the cats in the Lower 48 appears to be poised for a decline, according to the Associated Press. The...

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Washington Fish and Wildlife Department Police assisted Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks investigators in 2014 in a trophy elk poaching case that crossed state lines. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Washington Wildlife Police showcased on TV

WILDLIFE ENFORCEMENT -- Rugged Justice, a new six-episode Animal Planet network series on the work of Washington Fish and Wildlife police officers, will debut on TV on Sunday, Jan. 18, at 8 p.m. Filmed last fall, the show follows wildlife officers as they patrol “unforgiving mountain...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 2015

Washington Fish and Wildlife officials propose buying a 94-acre parcel in Whitman County to help assure connections to existing protected habitats for mule deer, pheasants and other wildlife.

State proposes Whitman County land acquisition 

WILDLIFE -- The state may acquire a 94-acre parcel in the Palouse grasslands to help assure mule deer, pheasants, sharp-tailed grouse and other wildlife have a corridor connecting with other protected habitats in Whitman County. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is taking public...

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A nordic skier comes out of the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch lodge near Sandpoint. (Rich Landers)

Ski, snowshoe events set near Sandpoint

WINTERSPORTS -- The Western Nordic Round, featuring races on cross-country skis plus snowshoeing events, is set for Jan. 24 at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, sponsored by the Sandpoint Nordic Club. Events will start at 9 a.m. The snowshoeing events of 5k and 10k are for...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14, 2015

Cris Currie of the Friends of Mount Spokane State Park, shown here during the firm snow conditions during the holiday break of 2013,  helped mark a new loop trail for snowshoers starting near Selkirk Lodge. (courtesy)

Friends of Mount Spokane to fill board openings

PARKS -- The Friends of Mt. Spokane State Park Board of Directors is looking for new members. The panel of up to 15 members serves as a link between the park manager and park visitors, says Cris Currie, board president. “It provides management recommendations to...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 13, 2015


Washington sportfishing rules adopted

FISHING -- New sportfishing rules have been adopted by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission for the mainstem Columbia River, its tributaries and lakes within the basin. Meeting last weekend in Tumwater the commission approved 31 rules that cover fishing seasons, daily catch limits and...

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When everyone else hit the Missouri to "catch fish", Ben Hahn decided to float upper Rock Creek east of Missoula and dredge a streamer.  It paid off with the brown trout of a lifetime. (courtesy)

Fly fisher to tackle trout streamer tactics

FLY FISHING – Montana fly fishing expert Kelly Galloup will present a free program on fishing streamer patterns, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, St. Francis School, 1104 W. Heroy, sponsored by the Spokane Fly Fishers. Galloup, owner of the Slide Inn and fly shop on...

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A Montana study that monitored elk fitted with radio collars has found that mountain lions have had a major impact on Bitterroot Valley elk herds.  (Associated Press)

Helicopters booked for Panhandle elk study 

WILDLIFE -- Helicopters soon will be flying over the Coeur d'Alene and St. Joe river drainages to help wildlife biologists get started on a major multi-year elk research project. Idaho Fish and Game Department researchers will be working with a private helicopter contractor starting around...

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Hunter bids 100K for Idaho bighorn tag

HUNTING -- Idaho’s bighorn sheep auction tag sold for $100,000 to an online bidder at the national Wild Sheep Foundation Sheep Show in Reno Saturday night -- the fifth-highest winning bid since the program started in 1988. This permit is valid for use in all...

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MONDAY, JAN. 12, 2015


Bird photographer offers tips on getting the picture

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Professional photographer Ron Smith will give a free presentation on Wednesday, Jan. 14, on tips for photographing birds. The program, sponsored by the Spokane Audubon Society, starts at 7:30 p.m. at Riverview Retirement Community, 2117 E. N. Crescent Ave. Social gathering starts...

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Hunter bids 100K for Idaho bighorn tag

HUNTING -- Idaho’s bighorn sheep auction tag sold for $100,000 to an online bidder at the national Wild Sheep Foundation Sheep Show in Reno Saturday night -- the fifth-highest winning bid since the program started in 1988. This permit is valid for use in all...

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Idaho's Risch co-chairs Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus

FISHING – U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, has been named co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus for the 114th Congress alongside Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia. The sportsman’s advocacy group of elected officials says it works with Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation to advance the agenda of...

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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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