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THURSDAY, NOV. 20, 2014

Trail cams stolen from I-90 wildlife collision study

WILDLIFE -- I don't have numbers, but I have enough information from hunters, wildlife watchers and wildlife researchers to confidently say that theft of trail cameras has reached epidemic levels. I've seen posts from a few anonymous thieves rationalizing their behavior by saying they don't...

MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014

Photo: five cougars near Newman Lake home

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Ken Vanden Heuvel got a big surprise when he checked out the photos on the trail cam that's pointed down the driveway of his Newman Lake-area home. Check it out closely: 1, 2, 3, 4 -- 5 cougars in one shot. Time...

FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 2014

MONDAY, FEB. 17, 2014

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 18, 2013

Trail cam photos capture grizzly bear hoedown

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Enjoy an intimate family moment with grizzly bears attracted to a scratching pole by some sort of powerful lure, a bruin's equivalent of ecstasy. The video starts slow and builds to a frenzy of rubbing. Fun. According to PetaPixel.com, the trail cam...

TUESDAY, OCT. 23, 2012

Trail cam scores mountain lions’ family portrait

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Trail cams are opening our eyes to rarely seen intimate lives of reclusive animals. There's no better example than the photo above of four cougars in Montana -- likely a mother an her three adult-size offspring. Drew Shearer, a Bitterroot Valley bowhunter,...

FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2012

Montana ranch is wired for wildlife monitoring

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- About 100 motion-activated cameras scattered across an 8,600-acre Montana mountainside ranch are documenting a wealth of wildlife activity, including images confirming that Western spotted skunks -- rare in Montana -- have found a home about 10 miles south of Missoula. The cameras,...

MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012

Lynx shows up at wolverine bait station

WILDLIFE RESEARCH -- Although they're trying to document the presence of wolverines, getting good snapshots of a Canada lynx still made the day for volunteers monitoring bait stations for the wolverine research project trail cams in North Idaho last week. The photo comes from a...

MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2012

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2012

Trail-cam mystery critter identified

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- A snowshoe hare is caught in action by a trail cam set high in the Cabinet Mountains for a wolverine research project funded by the Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. See martens, bobcats, volunteer helpers -- and even a wolverine --...

THURSDAY, SEPT. 15, 2011

Whitetail bucks losing velvet, prepping for fall, at different rates

DEER HUNTING -- Hot weather and a brief cooling trend followed by record or near-record hot weather greeted archery hunters out for the opening of whitetail hunting seasons the past week in western states. Then came the full moon: Deer activity really slowed for hunters....

THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011

Trail cam documents big-game fattening for fall

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- "Not many deer sightings, yet," said Kevin Scheib of Colville, offering a report on what he's been docmenting with motion-activated game cams he's set up at various spots in Stevens County. "But I've been haveing troubles with my camera's. One has been...

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011

Elk bulls hanging out, growing antlers like weeds

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Bull elk are hanging out with the boys concentrating on being well fed and ready for the fall mating season. Their antlers are in full-growth mode as the annual crop of velvet-covered boney material sprouts from their heads. The remote trail cam...

TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2011

Bucks already shaping up their antlers

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- While nature seems to be wrapped up with producing this year's new crop of fawns, bucks are in the background quietly getting ready for the next mating season. Daniel Haththorne's trail cam recorded this nice whitetail buck and its blooming rack of...

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 16, 2011

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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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