MONDAY, JULY 8, 2013

State lawmakers fund compensation for wolf depredation

PREDATORS -- The Washington Legislature appropriated $250,000 to a fund for compensating ranchers for livestock injured or killed by wolves. Jack Field, executive vice president of the Washington Cattlemen's Association, said the amount "a great first step" for the agency and for the livestock industry,...


Legislature funds Spokane River Centennial Trail project

TRAILS -- The state budget approved during the special session of the Washington Legislature provides strong funding -- $65 million -- for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, which in turn funds grants to critically approved projects across the state. Bids for projects involving the...

TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2013

Inslee signs wolf management bill

PREDATORS -- Gov. Jay Inslee today signed legislation that will provide state wildlife managers more resources to prevent wolf-livestock conflict and expand criteria for compensation to livestock owners for wolf-related losses. Senate Bill 5193, requested by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and...

FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013

Update: Wash. OKs limited public lethal control of wolves

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has voted unanimously to allow people without a special permit to shoot a wolf caught in the act of attacking a pet or livestock. The emergency rule was enacted in an urgently called teleconference meeting that...

Panel OKs rule allowing livestock-attacking wolves to be shot

UPDATED 3:45 p.m. 4-26-13 with details from WDFW ENDANGERED SPECIES -- The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has voted unanimously to allow people without a special permit to shoot a wolf caught in the act of attacking a pet or livestock. The emergency rule was...


Wolf issue meeting won’t be open live to public

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commisison's urgently scheduled meeting to discuss a proposal to give people authority to kill wolves that attack pets or livestock will not be broadcast live online as previously reported. People keenly interested can listen to the meeting...


Wolf-related bills alive but sputtering in Olympia

ENDANGERED SPECIES – A day before the Washington Legislature’s deadline for bills to be considered by the opposite house, two wolf-related proposals are still alive. But despite their merits and being approved by the state Senate, they’re gasping in the House -- as a new...


2013-14 Wash. wolf costs estimated at $2.3 million

UPDATED at 3:20 p.m. with clarification on costs provided by WDFW. ENDANGERED SPECIES -- The cost of managing protected wolves in Washington is likely to increase by more than 200 percent from the past two years to about $2.3 million in 2013-14, a state wildlife...


Wolves targets of legislation, bullets, traps, rumors

PREDATORS – Here’s a lengthy update on gray wolf news, issues and activities in the region, including bills being considered this week: WASHINGTON LEGISLATURE Still alive in Olympia is a bill that could let landowners kill wolves caught in the act of attacking pets or...

MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2013

Recent outdoors stories in The Spokesman-Review

Here's a rundown on some of the recent outdoors stories in The Spokesman-Review: Inland Northwest trail groups unite Field Reports: Idaho cutthroats need cool support Big Horn Show reels in wide range of outdoor interests Out & About: State lawmakers mad about bikes State plans...

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13, 2013

Editorial points to success of Wildlife & Recreation Program

CONSERVATION -- If you use parks, trails or public open spaces in Spokane County, you have been a beneficiary of the Washington Wildlife & Recreation Program. (Click on this link and check out the more than impressive projects list under "campaigns.") It's a state program...

MONDAY, FEB. 11, 2013

Gun right backers don’t have to slack on safety

SHOOTING -- It's interesting if not disturbing that the discussion over guns has prompted some people among their group of circled wagons to excuse poor gun handling. See the comments to my post regarding the photo (above) snapped at Friday's gun rights rally in Olympia....

SATURDAY, FEB. 9, 2013

Should firearms safety be a requirement for gun owners?

SHOOTING -- The Spokesman-Review photo above from Friday's gun rights rally in Olympia shows an appalling lack of muzzle control, with a firearm being carried in an unsafe manner. That lady would be booted out of my elk camp, or forced to eat my cooking...

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