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TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2012

Solo, the trumpeter swan that’s been returning to Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge south of Cheney for at least 35 years and possibly up to 48, takes off from Winslow Pond after returning to the season’s first ice-free water on the refuge on Jan. 25, 2010. He’s with his mate and the first cygnets hatched on the refuge in 22 years. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Turnbull Wildlife Refuge gets high marks from visitors

REFUGES -- Most visitors to Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge in 2010 and 2011 were impressed with its recreational opportunities, education and services, according to a government survey released today. About 90 percent of respondents gave consistent high marks to their refuge experience. The survey, commissioned...

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MONDAY, MAY 14, 2012

Rattlesnake (Jaime Johnson)

Rattlesnake bites man in Clarkston Walmart

DANGEROUS WILDLIFE -- The Clarkston Walmart had a special on rattlesnake bites Saturday. A man says he reached down to pick up a stick lying in the gardening aisle of a Wal-Mart in Clarkston, Wash., only to discover that it was a rattlesnake that then...

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White Bluffs bladderpod, are found primarily on federal lands, occupying cliffs overlooking the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River. The species was recommended for Endangered Species Act protections in May 2012. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Two Washington plants warrant ESA protections 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Two plants found exclusively on or adjacent to Washington’s Hanford National Monument warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today. Both species, the Umtanum Desert buckwheat and the White Bluffs bladderpod, are found primarily on...

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Mark Kendall, teamed with Doug Wood, caught this 34-inch tiger musky to top the 11 anglers May 12, 2012, in the Silver Lake Mountain Muskies Tiger Muskie Tournament in Spokane County. (Douglas Wood)

34-inch tiger musky wins Silver Lake tourney

TOURNAMENT FISHING -- Mark Kendall, teamed with Doug Wood, caught the 34-inch tiger musky (above) to top the 11 anglers Saturday in the Silver Lake Mountain Muskies Tiger Musky Tournament in Spokane County. The second place team of Herb Zielke and Don Grove wwere just...

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Hunters must update email to stay in loop

HUNTING -- Sportsmen who want to be involved in surveys that might affect hunting seasons and be on the list for other communications from the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department must make sure their contact info is correct. Update your email and mailing address in...

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SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2012

FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2012

Grizzly bears sighted in Stevens County 'wedge' 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Rare sightings of at least four grizzly bears in "the wedge" of land between the Kettle and Columbia Rivers in northeastern Washington have been documented this week by Fish and Wildlife Department trail cameras. Here's what the agency posted Thursday: A number...

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Record Roses Lake tiger trout all but confirmed

FISHING RECORDS -- The 13.75-pound state record tiger trout caught in Spokane County’s Fish Lake on May 27, 2008, by local angler Evan Roda has finally met its match. The vetting and paperwork isn't complete, but Washington Fish and Wildlife department officials say it looks...

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THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2012

Spring chinook salmon counts over Bonneville Dam, reported May 10, 2012. (Fish Passage Center)

Columbia salmon surge: better late than never

SALMON FISHING -- Shortly after the 2012 spring chinook run expectations were downsized, the surge in a late-holding run finally began. Biologists are watching closely; anglers are baiting up. The largest single-day count of spring chinook of the last nine years climbed over Bonneville Dam...

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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.