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....


Event for homeowners managing forests on small acreage

HABITAT -- An “out-in-the-woods” educational event on June 21 will provide useful, timely, and unbiased information designed to meet the needs of landowners with five to 500 acres of forest in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. The forestry field day sponsored by the Washington State...


Oregon rancher kills 500-pound black bear

WILDLIFE -- A huge black bear by Oregon standards has been killed by a rancher legally defending the family's property. Hunters are scratching their heads wondering how they missed seeing one of the biggest bruins experts have seen in the Northwest. From the Associated Press:...



BLM regroups in confrontation with deadbeat rancher’s grazing

PUBLIC LANDS -- A Nevada rancher who owes the federal government more than $1 million in fees for illegally grazing cattle on U.S. Bureau of Land Management has won a temporary reprieve by summoning a protest by his right-winger brethren, some of which were armed...

MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2014

Feds work to keep sage grouse off endangered species list

WILDLIFE -- There's great potential here: NRCS program hopes to bridge public-private divide to protect sage grouse Next year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will make a decision on whether the sage grouse should be protected under the federal Endangered Species Act, and as...

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22, 2014

Study: Wolves eat into ranch profits by making cattle nervous

PREDATORS -- I guess the old line can be revised based on the latest research: Montana -- where men are men, women are scarce and livestock is nervous, if there's a wolf pack in the neighborhood. U. of Montana researchers track cost of wolf predation...


Court upholds Montana allowing bison to roam free outside Yellowstone

WILDLIFE -- Montana's decision to let migrating bison roam freely across 70,000 acres outside Yellowstone National Park was upheld by a court ruling Monday that dismissed a pair of lawsuits filed by ranchers to challenge the policy. The judge sided with state officials and conservation...

THURSDAY, OCT. 11, 2012

Washington wildlife commission’s wolf hearing detailed

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Andy Walgamott of Northwest Sportsman magazine monitored the entire presentation and comment period of Friday's Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting devoted to Washington's wolf management activities. I listened to the webcast from Olympia, too, but reading Walgamott's blow-by-blow blog post on the...

Who’s reffing the game between wolves and everyone else?

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- A few callers say they're scratching their heads trying to figure out the point of today's outdoors column regarding wolves. Here's a hint: Wolves need a lot of fresh meat year round in order to survive. The Yellowstone model has spawned a...

THURSDAY, SEPT. 20, 2012

Wedge wolves topic of Colville public meeting tonight

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- At the request of Stevens County ranchers and commissioners, Washington Department of fish and Wildlife officials will present an update on their efforts to deal with gray wolves that have killed or injured at least 15 cattle since mid-July. Some of the...

MONDAY, SEPT. 10, 2012

Northeast WA wolf saga continues

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- No report yet on whether more Wedge Pack wolves have been killed in northern Stevens County as they continue to kill cattle while eluding the guns and traps of Washington Fish and Wildlife Department officers. Get up to speed with: Fight over...

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 29, 2012

Wolf hunting opens Thursday in Idaho; pro-wolf rally in CdA

PREDATORS -- Idaho's 2012-2013 wolf hunting season opens statewide on Thursday (Aug. 30). A season has been open since July 1 on private land in the Panhandle Zone, but no wolves have been reported harvested to date. Wolf advocates are countering the Thursday wolf season...


Wolf likely killed calf at Methow ranch

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- A Methow Valley rancher may get the distinction of receiving Washington's first compensation for livestock killed by wolves. State and federal wildlife managers have determined that wolves likely caused injuries that resulted in a death of a calf on a Methow Valley...


Cougar’s rampage on llamas stumps wildlife experts

PREDATORS -- Wildlife Services agents dispatched a 175-pound mountain lion near Helena, Mont., recently after the cat killed at least six llamas and left them uneaten. Sport-killing behavior is rare for cougars, and officials don't have an easy answer. Read the Helena Independent Record report.

MONDAY, FEB. 27, 2012

Wolf verified roaming through Kalispell

WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS -- A wolf was caught on tape by a police cruiser's dash cam roaming through northwest Kalispell. The video and tracks were confirmed as a radio collared wolf by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologists. Tough neighborhood. Read the story in the Daily...


Hunters, trappers making dent in Panhandle wolf population

PREDATORS -- Hunters and trappers are making a little progress in reducing the number of wolves in Idaho, with North Idaho hunters doing better than they did during the last wolf season in 2009-2010. Here's this week's update from Jim Hayden, Idaho Fish and Game...

TUESDAY, SEPT. 13, 2011

British Columbia declares open season on Chilcotin wolves

PREDATORS -- The British Columbia government has declared open season on wolves in the Cariboo region to benefit cattle ranchers, a move that critics contend is unjustifiable and based on politics, not science. Under new wildlife regulations, there is no closed season and no bag...


Some critter spared by ‘iron curtain’

HUNTING – Barbed-wire fences have scarred, crippled or killed wildlife ranging from birds to elk since it was stretched across the West beginning in the 1870s. But this photo suggests that a fence actually saved the life of one lucky buck or coyote in western...

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