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THURSDAY, FEB. 19, 2015

Photo: Great gray owl lives large 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- With huge size and disproportionately large head, the great gray owl is a standout in the region's woods. The bird's range -- mostly in boreal forests -- includes an area near Republic, Wash., as well as a fork of habitat south through...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18, 2015

The Grand Tetons have attracted climbers since the 1800s. (Associated Press)

Climbing Grand Teton can be 'virtually' risk-free 

CLIMBING -- A new website seeks to give Internet viewers a taste of the mountaineering journey up Grand Teton’s 13,770-foot summit. Grand Teton National Park’s new web-based interactive climb takes viewers from the trailhead to the summit with maps, video, audio clips and photos. It’s...

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Woman keeps hunting through generations 

HUNTING -- Roberta Wise, 71, of Kennewick has been recalling a long, fruitful family history of hunting and fishing -- and she's never been on the sidelines just because she's a girl. Wise submitted photos and a story to a contest the Washington Fish and...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 17, 2015

Elk Foundation chapters set local banquets

HUNTING -- Area chapters of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation are organizing their annual fund-raising banquets to raise money for wildlife habitat enhancement projects throughout the region. Since 1984, the Missoula-based foundation says it joined agencies and other partners to conserve or enhance 6.6 million...

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Montana Gov. Steve Bullock speaks out against federal land transfer legislation in a rally organized by sportsman at the Capitol in Helena. (From Helena Indpendent-Record video)

Sportsmen rally against federal land-grab by state 

PUBLIC LANDS -- A packed Montana Capitol rotunda Monday played host to hundreds of opponents rallying against the proposed transfer of federal land to state ownership, with speakers blasting the idea as the first step toward privatizing public lands, according to a story in the...

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Will Idaho roll dice with wild deer, elk populations? 

HUNTING -- An obscure rule change sought by domestic elk ranchers could wreak havoc on Idaho’s hunting industry by introducing a deadly parasite into wild game populations – something some Idaho veterinarians are describing as “Ebola for wildlife.” S-R Idaho Capitol reporter Betsy Russell posted...

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Bowron Lakes Provincial Park in Cariboo Country. (Courtesy photo)

Procrastinators lose on BC hiking, paddling reservations

HIKING -- You snooze you loose for popular summer outdoor destinations in Canada. British Columbia’s top hiking and paddling destinations are most surely available to adventurers who have their travel itineraries ready to apply the minute online reservations are accepted. High on the advance planning...

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Jim Donelan of Spokane Valley holds a 13.5-pound walleye he caught Feb. 15 at Lake Roosevelt. Before releasing the fish, he measured it at 31.5 inches long and 18 inches in girth.  (Courtesy)

Big walleyes bending rods at Roosevelt

FISHING -- Although winter fishing for walleyes can be off and on at Lake Roosevelt, I've seen a good number photos this year of happy anglers holding huge walleye. Here's the latest -- a 13.5-pounder landed by Jim Donelan on Feb. 15.

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Blood-thirsty ticks on the prowl

NATURE -- People weren't the only critters motivated by unseasonably warm weather to be active outdoors in the past week. Ticks are on the prowl, I've heard from several reports. Perfect timing! There's nothing like a full tick check for Valentine's Day.

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MONDAY, FEB. 16, 2015

Coyotes are adaptable predators that can make a living in the wildest areas or even in cities. (File)

Lawsuit: wildlife damage control questioned 

WILDLIFE -- Should predators be controlled if they impact private property? Groups sue Idaho Wildlife Services, USFWS over predator killing On Wednesday, five conservation groups filed a lawsuit in federal court in Boise against Idaho Wildlife Services and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that...

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A wild steelhead takes a shot at jumping over Selway Falls. A fish ladder is available should fish need it. (Steve Hanks Lewiston Tribune)

Video: top 50 favorite things about NW rivers

RIVERS -- Streams in the region are running big after a record-setting spree of 50-degree days. Spokane Falls is running huge... check it out. Meanwhile road crews are fixing wash outs. Kayakers are smitten. Steelhead are getting the prompt to finish unfinished business. Rivers are...

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SUNDAY, FEB. 15, 2015

Cross-country ski trails at Mount Spokane were flanked by bare ground on Feb. 15, 2015. (Jamie Redman)

Nordic skiers still have tracks at Mount Spokane

WINTERSPORTS -- Despite the springlike weather, Mount Spokane still has enough snow for cross-country skiing. The state park groomer did a good job of putting down a course for the Junior Olympic qualifying races this weekend. But the way things are going, you have to...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 14, 2015

FRIDAY, FEB. 13, 2015

THURSDAY, FEB. 12, 2015

The Ruby Creek wolf was trapped, radio collared and released by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists in 2013 (Rich Landers)

Ruby Creek wolf caught, taken to Wolf Haven 15 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- A wolf that had become habituated to humans, and could cause problems if left in the wild, was captured Wednesday (Feb. 11) by state wildlife officials in northeast Washington and placed in a Western Washington wolf sanctuary. The adult female wolf, the...

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Thawing mountain roads too soft for wheels

PUBLIC LANDS -- It feels like spring, but the roads and trails don't know that. The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office today warned mountain travelers to be wary of unplowed mountain roads after an unspecified number of travelers got trapped in snow softened by warm weather....

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Long-distance backpacking seminar in CdA

HIKING -- Long-distance hikers can take the mystery out of planning by taking advantage of a special event on Feb. 21 in Coeur d'Alene. Are you planning a long-distance hike or know someone who is? Is your pack too dang heavy? Have questions about how...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11, 2015

Panel tackles wolf issues Thursday at Gonzaga 

ENDANGERED SPECIES --Six panelists with different viewpoints will speak on the revival of wolves in the Northwest during a program tonight, 7 p.m., at Gonzaga University’s Jepson Center, Wolff Auditorium, 502 E. Boone Ave. Moderated by Rich Landers, Outdoors editor at The Spokesman-Review, the discussion...

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