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FRIDAY, DEC. 26, 2014

Smith River floaters not ready to be bear savvy

CAMPING -- Just about every outdoor park and forest in North America that has bears requires bear-resistant camping methods. But even in the wake of having to kill eight bears that had become camp robbers, Montana lags... Montana Parks Board won't require bear-proof food containers...

MONDAY, DEC. 1, 2014

Man killed by bear likely interrupted feeding

BEAR ATTACKS -- Hikers and hunters who venture into bear country can benefit from reading investigations of bear attacks. Here's a report on the most recent investigation of a bear mauling in the Northern Rockies. CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A panel of wildlife experts has...

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19, 2014

Study: Polar bears decline 40 percent in a decade

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- The heat is on this indicator species. Who's next? Study finds 40% decline in polar bear numbers in E. Alaska, W. Canada A study done by researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and Environment Canada, as well as other groups, followed polar...

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 5, 2014

Bedtime coming soon for grizzly cub

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- This grizzly bear cub photographed last month by Montana outdoor photographer Jaimie Johnson appears to have had a great first year in the field. In a few weeks, depending on the weather, this cub, its sibling and mother will be snuggling into...

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15, 2014

Glacier Park grizzly shooter case dismissed

WILDLIFE -- The case against a Texas man accused of illegally discharging a firearm in Glacier National Park this summer, when he shot a grizzly bear he said was charging him, went no further than his not-guilty plea in a federal court late last month,...

MONDAY, OCT. 13, 2014

No slack cut for grizzly-shooting wildlife staffer

HUNTING -- Ouch! Shooting a protected grizzly bear can be costly no matter who you are. Wyoming wildlife officer fined, ordered to pay $10K for shooting grizzly Luke Ellsbury, a Wyoming Fish and Game employee who mistakenly shot a grizzly bear last year was ordered...

TUESDAY, OCT. 7, 2014

Name that bear: contest at Idaho zoo seeks to name grizzly

WILDLIFE -- The Pocatello Zoo is holding the contest to name a grizzly bear that was moved into the facility after it became too accustomed roaming around rural residences in Wyoming. The 2-year-old female grizzly that was recently relocated to the zoo from the Shoshone...

FRIDAY, OCT. 3, 2014

Videos capture bears with cat-scratch fever

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The trail cam video of an Okanogan County black bear turning a scented tree into a massage parlor (at right) has been amusing thousands of viewers since it was posted this week by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Scott Fitkin....

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 10, 2014

Anti-hunters twist bear mauling into propaganda

WILDLIFE -- An anti-hunting group says it has put up a billboard in the hometown of a Washington bowhunter recently bitten by a bear with the underlying message -- "You had it coming." While hunting deer with his son, Jerry Hause of Longview was treed...

FRIDAY, SEPT. 5, 2014

Bowhunter treed, bitten by black bear

HUNTING -- A Western Washington archery hunter is recovering from puncture wounds to his leg after startling a black bear during a hunt on Monday. Jerry Hause, 60, spooked the bear while hunting near Longview and figured his best option as the bear charged was...

TUESDAY, AUG. 19, 2014

WSU study: Can grizzlies make use of tools?

WILDLIFE RESEARCH -- Washington State University researchers are learning whether grizzly bears make and use tools. With claws and teeth that can rip open anything from a beer can to beaver dens and moose carcasses, it seems as though tools would be unnecessary. But while...

FRIDAY, AUG. 15, 2014

Photo: Mom’s lesson bears fruit for bear cub

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- While bears have a well-known taste for huckleberries, they also cash in on other fruits. This black bear sow appears to be giving its cub a lesson in the nutritional benefits of eating chokecherries, according to this great photo snapped this week...

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 13, 2014

Backpacker gives grizzly bear right-of-way on Highline Trail

HIKING -- This amazing photo of a hiker retreating to a precarious position on a steep, steep, slope to avoid a grizzly bear on Glacier National Park's Highline Trail was published in The Spokesman-Review on Aug. 2, but only in one edition. I'm re-posting for...

MONDAY, AUG. 11, 2014

Livesock-killing grizzly euthanized in Idaho

WILDLIFE -- On Sunday, Aug. 10, the Idaho Department of Fish & Game, with the permission of the United States Fish & Wildlife Service, euthanized an adult male grizzly bear that had been responsible for a series of livestock killings in the Island Park, Idaho....


Video: Momma bear gives cub tooth love

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The video above shows a savvy black bear sow doing what she needs to do to get her young cub out of danger from passing vehicles. The short video was shot along the busy highway through Canada's Kootenay National Park north of...

TUESDAY, AUG. 5, 2014

Deja vu: Bear cub rescued from fire; flown for treatment

WILDLIFE -- The story of Cinder, the badly burned 37-pound black bear cub rescued Monday from the Carlton Complex fires in northcentral Washington (top) has a very similar ring to another true story that bloomed into a national forest campaign. The legacy of Smokey Bear...

FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014

Bats, bears, bighorns and more at Sinlahekin seminars

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Experts will be making free presentations on bats, bears, bighorns and much more July 26-27 on the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area in northcentral Okanogan County as the celebration continues for the 75th anniversary of Washington’s FIRST wildlife area. It’s the third summer weekend...

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 2014

Injured hiker had to fend off bears

HIKING -- Bears have always been good at smelling opportunity. A hiker who fell, broke his leg and dislocated his shoulder in the North Cascades last weekend said he had to fend off bears while he waited several hours for a helicopter rescue team. The...

SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 2014

Two grizzly bears relocated to Cabinet Mountains

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Two female grizzly bears have been transplanted from the Whitefish Range to the Spar Lake area of the Cabinet Mountains as part of an ongoing effort to boost the struggling Cabinet-Yaak grizzly bear population. The 2-year-old siblings were captured in the Deadhorse...

THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2014

Grizzly bear at home on the range

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- No cowboys were trying to rope this stray and put their own brand on it Tuesday, for good reason. Western Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson had been sitting in a blind near a fox den before he headed toward home near Lincoln....

Rich Landers

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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. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.


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