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....


Alberta ranchers want hunts on problem grizzlies

ENDANGERED SPECIES – Although Alberta grizzly bears are officially a threatened species in recovery mode, ranchers are asking officials to resume hunting at least for the problem bears in the southwestern corner of the province. A grizzly bear recovery plan was initiated in 2008 after...


BC approves controversial Jumbo Glacier Resort in Purcell Mountains

PUBLIC LANDS -- British Columbia Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Minister Steve Thomson has announced his approval of controversial private-company plans to build the $900-million Jumbo Glacier Resort in the Purcell Mountains near Invermere. The area is considered a pristine conservancy important to grizzly bears...

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2012

Tonight: so many outdoor programs, so little time

From grizzly bears to fly fishing, several interesting outdoors related programs are scheduled tonight in Spokane, plus one biggie for anglers in Sandpoint. It's too bad people have to choose just one to attend. Here's a sampling of the lineup: Fly fishing film helps anglers...

THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2012

Enviros oppose Jumbo Ski Resort as decision nears

PUBLIC LANDS -- After 20 years of debate, the British Columbia government apparently is nearing a decision on whether to authorize development of a large four-season resort on and around glaciers near Jumbo Pass in the Purcell Mountains above Invermere. If you've hiked the trails...

FRIDAY, DEC. 2, 2011

Elk carcasses spark brawls among Tetons grizzly family

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Grizzly 399 and Grizzly 610 -- 399's daughter from 2006 that is now full-grown and raising cubs of her own -- thrilled visitors to Grand Teton National Park this summer as they raised this year's cubs by roads in the Wyoming park....

MONDAY, NOV. 28, 2011

Forests adopt standards for motorized access to grizzly habitat

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Idaho Panhandle, Kootenai and Lolo National Forests have adopted standards for motorized access within the Selkirk and Cabinet-Yaak Grizzly Bear Recovery Zones in a two year effort prompted by a 2006 court decision. The Grizzly Bear Access Amendment makes no changes...

THURSDAY, OCT. 20, 2011

Grizzly fishing explosive, even without dynamite

WILDLIFE -- Montana wildlife photographer Jaime Johnson captured the power of a brown bear fishing for salmon during a recent visit to Alaska. One fish escapes, but look closely underwater to see the big one that didn't get away from the bruin.

TUESDAY, OCT. 11, 2011

Dad praises wrangler who saved son from grizzly

Ian Turner, 8, of northern California is pictured here on a horse named Scout on July 30, 2011, shortly before they were chased by a grizzly bear on a trail ride with Swan Mountain Outfitters near Glacier National Park. Wrangler Erin Bolster and her horse,...

Gutsy wrangler and horse that took on grizzly taping Letterman Show

GREAT STORIES -- If you like heroes, horses, blonde horse wranglers and grizzly bears, tune in to the Late Show with David Letterman tonight. My Outdoors feature story last month, "Gutsy wrangler, huge horse, save boy from charging grizzly" struck a chord with Spokesman-Review readers...

Oh, no! Even dead grizzlies are hurting people this year

WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS -- This strange year for grizzly bear encounters with humans is going toward bizarre, as you'll see in this story that just moved by the Associated Press. Man gets shock after poking dead bear on live wire LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) — Authorities say...

SATURDAY, OCT. 1, 2011

Gutsy griz wrangler and horse on Letterman Show Oct. 11

GREAT OUTDOOR STORIES -- Here's latest update from Erin Bolster, the wrangler who rode her horse to the rescue of a boy being charged by a grizzly bear: The David Letterman Show has postponed her appearance until Oct. 11 so they can bring her hero-horse,...


Bear spray worked for bowhunters

WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS -- It's worth emphasizing that an Idaho archer was able to end a grizzly attack on his bowhunting partner on Saturday by using pepper spray, an essential that should be on the pack straps of every hunters in grizzly country. The elk hunter...

FRIDAY, SEPT. 23, 2011

Hunter killed by gunshot wound, not grizzly bear

ENDANGERED WILDLIFE -- Here's another big twist to the story about the hunter attacked and by a grizzly bear after it had been mistaken for a black bear and wounded in a remote area of extreme northwestern Montana. The hunter who died during a grizzly...

SUNDAY, SEPT. 18, 2011


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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