TUESDAY, DEC. 16, 2014

Bighorn sheep dying of pneumonia near Yellowstone

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Disease that's ravaged wild sheep in parts of Washington, Idaho and Montana in recent years has shown up in one of America's most prized wildlife preserves. A pneumonia outbreak has killed at least ten bighorn sheep near Yellowstone National Park. Montana Fish...

MONDAY, DEC. 15, 2014

Idaho trophy species rule proposals revealed

HUNTING -- An increase in Idaho Panhandle moose hunting opportunity and other proposals for next year's trophy big-game seasons will be presented at an open house meeting, 3 p.m.-6 p.m., on Thursday, Dec. 18 at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Panhandle Region Office,...

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19, 2014

Poachers kill two trophy bighorn rams in Asotin County

POACHING -- Two trophy class bighorn rams were illegally killed up Asotin Creek on the Asotin Creek Wildlife area last weekend. "One was shot and wounded and we just found it (Tuesday)," said Paul Mosman, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife police sergeant in Clarkston....


Hells Canyon bighorns removed for disease study

WILDLIFE -- Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife workers used helicopter net gunners Wednesday to capture eight infected bighorn ewes along the Grande Ronde River. The wild sheep are to be transported to a South Dakota State University facility for research on pneumonia outbreaks that...

MONDAY, OCT. 6, 2014

Infected bighorn sheep to be removed from southeast Washington

WILDLIFE – State wildlife officials plan to capture and remove eight bighorn ewes in southeast Washington this week to curb the spread of a bacteria deadly to other wild sheep in the area. A contractor for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and...

MONDAY, JUNE 16, 2014

Found bighorn just short of Boone and Crockett world record

WILDLIFE -- Close but no cigar for a bighorn skull found in Canada. It just misses world record status, the Boone and Crockett Club says. A long winter buried in snow apparently swelled the horns of a bighorn sheep that died of natural causes. The...


Hunters missed shot at possible world record bighorn

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- A massive bighorn sheep that died of natural causes and was later found by wildlife officials could be a new world record, according to the Missoula-based Boone and Crockett Club. The ram was found in Alberta. The skull is in possession of...


Bighorn sheep gain ground in grazing lawsuit

PUBLIC LANDS -- Good news for bighorn sheep, which have been squeezed and put at risk even on public lands in Idaho. Judge upholds USFS's plan to reduce grazing to save bighorn On Tuesday, Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge A. Wallace Tashima, sitting...

MONDAY, FEB. 17, 2014

Bighorn hunter says international guide stole his trophy

HUNTING -- A short story version ran in the paper Saturday telling of a Montana big-game hunter who's suing a Canadian outfitter and a world-renowned hunting guide in Tajikistan for stealing the trophy horns of a rare wild argali sheep known as the “Marco Polo.”...


Idaho commission funds predator control

PREDATORS -- Programs to control wolves and ravens were funded by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Thursday. The commission approved animal damage control funds with $50,000 going to control wolves in elk management zones at or below objective. The panel also designted $12,000...


Biologists will kill Naches bighorns to curb disease

WILDLIFE -- Noting that at least 25 wild sheep have already been found dead, state wildlife officials announced today they plan to euthanize a large percentage bighorns remaining in the Naches area to curb the spread of a deadly pneumonia outbreak running through the herd....

MONDAY, FEB. 25, 2013

Fish, wildlife, Mount Everest and much more in the news last week

Top recent outdoors-related stories in The Spokesman-Review include: First U.S. team to summit Everest reunites Field Reports: Biologists to present basics for Priest Lake fisheries plan Roskelley takes lesson from Frieh on smash-and-grab climbing Spokane Fly Fishing School teaches lasting lessons Out & About: Record...

THURSDAY, FEB. 21, 2013

Where should line be drawn on big-game auction tags?

HUNTING -- I'm getting reaction -- mostly positive -- on today's outdoors column regarding the record $480,000 auction bid for a Montana bighorn sheep hunting tag. Some readers are concerned that in the pursuit of funding, more tags will be reserved for the rich and...

FRIDAY, FEB. 15, 2013

Record $480K bid for Montana bighorn tag

HUNTING -- An anonymous hunter has paid an all-time record $480,000 for a special permit offered by the state of Montana to hunt a wild mountain sheep with liberal rules on dates and areas. The winning bids for tags offered by Montana and other states,...

FRIDAY, FEB. 8, 2013

Requiem for Bam Bam, park’s head-butting bighorn

WILDLIFE -- Bam Bam, the bighorn sheep whose penchant for butting cars made him an international star, died of natural causes in Wyoming last week. He was believed to be 12. Bam Bam was the last of the Wheatland-area Sinks Canyon State Park bighorn herd,...

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12, 2012

Photographer focuses on battling bighorn rams

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Bighorn rams defy the concussion issue plaguing the sport of football. With unbelievable power they reserved for the mating seasons, males prove their superiority with a challenging ram by squaring off and rising to their hind feet to "ram" their horns together....

MONDAY, AUG. 6, 2012

Tennessee hunter wins Idaho bighorn raffle tag

HUNTING -- After 30 years of dreaming for a chance to hunt bighorn sheep, Rob Durrett, 56, of Clarksville, Tenn., has won the 2012 raffle for a prized Idaho Rocky Mountain bighorn tag. “It’s a life-changing adventure,” he told IFG officials Every year Idaho Fish...

MONDAY, JULY 23, 2012

Truck wipes out 30 percent of bighorn herd’s lambs

WILDLIFE -- A Missoula-area bighorn herd that's been ravaged by disease suffered another blow recently as a single truck wiped out a third of this season's bighorn lamb reproduction in the lower Rock Creek drainage. The unidentified Idaho driver collided with seven lambs while driving...


Idaho bighorns lack respect from state leaders

WILDLIFE -- Idaho's bighorn sheep are coveted by hunters, only a handful of which are allowed to hunt them each fall. They are a prize for wildlife viewers and a symbol of the wildness that set's Idaho apart from much of the world. Yet Idaho...


Harmful wild sheep measure removed from House bill

WILDLIFE -- A coalition of sportsmen-conservationists today applauded the elimination of a controversial amendment from a U.S. House of Representatives appropriations bill that would have prohibited implementation of a science-based management plan for bighorn sheep populations in a national forest in Idaho. The Association of...

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