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TUESDAY, NOV. 4, 2014

Idaho Fish-Game Commission confronts dog-catching traps

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- Proposals to reduce the chance that dogs will be caught in deadly body-gripping traps will be considered Nov. 12-13 when the Idaho Fish and Game Commission meets in Post Falls. A public meeting will be held on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m....

THURSDAY, AUG. 7, 2014

Lawsuit forces Idaho to suspend plan for hired wolf hunter

WILDLIFE -- Idaho Fish and Game officials say they’re suspending a plan to use a hired hunter to kill wolves in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness until at least November of 2015. Idaho’s Wildlife Bureau Chief Jeff Gould made the declaration in...

TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2014

Oregon Congressman seeks wolf buffer around Yellowstone

WILDLIFE -- An Oregon congressman is asking the Interior Department to work with states to curb gray wolf hunting around Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and Montana. Rep. Peter DeFazio is the ranking Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee. Hunters have legally killed Yellowstone...

TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 2014

Video: how to release pet dog from trap

WILDLIFE -- A new instructional video – Releasing your Dog from a Trap - is available on Idaho Fish and Game’s website and YouTube. The video doesn't come a day too soon, as several dogs in North Idaho already have been caught in traps intended...

TUESDAY, FEB. 18, 2014

Idaho facing up to more pets caught in traps

TRAPPING -- I reported in December that pets, especially dogs, are vulnerable to traps set out near recreational trails. As if to emphasize the point, two dogs have been reported killed recently by traps in North Idaho. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is...

THURSDAY, JAN. 2, 2014

Comment due on Idaho hunting-trapping proposals

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- Idaho Fish and Game is seeking public comments on proposed changes to the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 upland game, turkey and furbearer seasons. Comments are due on Friday, Jan. 3. Idaho Fish and Game proposes: To allow nonresident trappers to trap any species...

THURSDAY, DEC. 19, 2013

Most bears hibernating, but not all of them

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- A wolf trapper has answered the question on whether all of Montana's bears have snuggled in dens to hibernate through winter. A steel leg-hold trap set for a wolf nabbed a 4-year-old male grizzly bear instead on a ranch west of Dupuyer...


Trapper group asks wolf trappers to stay clear of ski trails

TRAPPING -- With wolf trappers and hunters crossing paths with recreationists on public lands, a Montana trapping group this week appealed to trappers to use common sense and keep traps away from popular recreation trails. This action comes after: A wolf hunter shot a malamute...

THURSDAY, NOV. 14, 2013

Idaho wolf trapping season opens Friday

PREDATORS -- Idaho's wolf trapping season opens Friday, Nov. 15, in the wolf management zones in northern and eastern parts of the state. The trapping seasons runs through March 31 in the Panhandle zone, except in parts of units 2 and 3, and in the...

TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013

Idaho reports 11 percent decrease in wolves during 2012

PREDATORS -- Idaho's gray wolf population at the end of 2012 was at least 683, a decrease of 11 percent from 2011, according to the federally required annual state wolf monitoring report (http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/wildlife/wolves/) posted online today by the Idaho Fish and Game Department. Humans killed...


Montana revisiting wolf management plan

PREDATORS -- With wolves stacking up in northeastern Washington at an alarming rate, perhaps Washington ought to take a cue from Montana, which has announced plans to review the guidelines set in the state's wolf management plan. Montana is rounding up the state's disbanded 12-member...

TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 2013

Wolves targets of legislation, bullets, traps, rumors

PREDATORS – Here’s a lengthy update on gray wolf news, issues and activities in the region, including bills being considered this week: WASHINGTON LEGISLATURE Still alive in Olympia is a bill that could let landowners kill wolves caught in the act of attacking pets or...

FRIDAY, FEB. 8, 2013

Montana fast-tracks bill to expand wolf hunting

PREDATORS -- A proposal to narrow wildlife management options and expand the state's wolf hunt is being fast-tracked through the Montana Legislature for the governor's, according to the Associated Press. The Montana Senate on Thursday suspended its rules so it could take initial and final...

TUESDAY, JAN. 29, 2013

Golden eagles falling victim to snare traps

WILDLIFE -- A sudden spike in golden eagles being caught in snare traps in Montana this week is setting off alarm bells. The eagles feed often on road-killed and winter-killed deer this time of year and are susceptible to bait. The image above was photographed...

TUESDAY, JAN. 15, 2013

Idaho may pay trappers to target wolves

PREDATORS -- Idaho wildlife officials are considering paying private trappers to kill wolves roaming in specific hunting zones, such as the St. Joe River drainage, where wolves have had a significant impact on elk populations. “There are certain individuals who have built up some pretty...

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9, 2013

Montana debates trapping of threatened wolverines

THREATENED SPECIES -- Montana is taking a controversial stand on trapping of wolverines. Montana FWP says it will oppose federal protection of wolverines The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to propose listing the wolverine as a threatened species next week, a decision that...

THURSDAY, DEC. 20, 2012

Dog owners warned: wolf trapping season is open

Quote of the day: "We would like to caution people about the fact that there are live traps in the area. They legally can be there. People should probably keep their dogs on a leash or leave their dogs at home." Bitterroot National Forest recreation...

FRIDAY, NOV. 30, 2012

Trapping banned in popular national forest area in Montana

PUBLIC LANDS -- Traditional uses can be overpowered by heavy public use of popular public lands. Agreement puts trapping off-limits in area of Montana national forest The Bass Creek Recreation Area in the Bitterroot National Forest gets the second highest number of visitors in the...

MONDAY, NOV. 12, 2012

Dog owners beware: wolf trapping season to open

PREDATORS -- For the second year, wolves will be join furbearers as targets during Idaho’s winter trapping season. Although trappers must take a course in safe techniques before they can purchase a wolf-trapping license, bird hunters and other people who let their dogs run freely...

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7, 2012

Idahoans overwhelmingly approve hunting rights amendment

ELECTIONS -- Idaho voters have overwhelmingly approved an a measure upgrading hunting, fishing and trapping from traditional privileges to rights protected by an amendment to the state's constitution. Tuesday's vote was about 78 percent in favor of H.J.R. 2aa - The Right to hunt, fish...

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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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