Outdoors

TUESDAY, SEPT. 3, 2013

WDFW names new enforcement chief

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on Friday announced that Steve Crown, a lieutenant in the (WDFW) Enforcement Program, had been promoted today to serve as the agency's Chief of enforcement. The selection process has been kept low-key for months. Crown...

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13, 2013

Wildlife officers played key role in Dorner case

WILDLIFE ENFORCEMENT -- Equipped with four-wheel drive vehicles and their knowledge of the woods in rugged terrain, California Fish and Wildlife police were key to cornering Christopher Dorner, the state's most-wanted killer Tuesday. Wildlife enforcement officers routinely deal with a well-armed clientelle. But this case...

MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2012

State racks up funds with antler auction

POACHING – An online auction of confiscated big-game antlers that concluded last week netted the state $21,300 earmarked for anti-poaching enforcement. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Department sold 1,725 pounds of moose, elk and deer antlers that had been seized from poachers. To report poaching,...

THURSDAY, OCT. 6, 2011

THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011

Loose dogs killing livestock in Stevens County

PREDATORS -- Stevens County officials have ranted about wolves and endorsed a coyote hunting contest, but free-running dogs are making the headlines for destruction to livestock and pets. According to the Association Press, after the latest attack by a pack of wild dogs killed a...

MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2011

Another busy week for Wildlife cops

WILDLIFE COPS -- In addition to clamping down on people who disregard wildlife habitat (see previous post) Washington Fish and Wildlife police kept busy last week with a wide range of duties, not the least of which was conducting a hot-spot elk hunt to curb...


Cutting tree for bridge over Tucannon River is costly mistake

WILDLIFE ENFORCEMENT – If a tree falls in the forest and a Fish and Wildlife policeman is around, it will be heard – and investigated. While patrolling the Tucannon Lakes and Wooten Wildlife Area in the Blue Mountains last week, a Washington Fish and Wildlife...

TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2011

Fish and Wildlife cops have another busy week

WILDLIFE ENFORCEMENT – Snowmobilers and ATVers who are not good at reading signs continue to exercise the ticket-writing hands of Washington Fish and Wildlife police officers. Three wildlife officers joined with a Colville National Forest officer last week to follow up on a tip that...

MONDAY, FEB. 14, 2011

Another busy week for Spokane Region wildlife cops

WILDLIFE ENFORCEMENT – The usual suspects and activities kept Washington Fish and Wildlife officers plenty busy, according to the latest weekly report. But before getting to the criminal activity, its worth noting that the officers occasionally have to laugh at themselves. Several flocks of turkeys...


Spokane Region wildlife cops working on shocking angle

WILDLIFE ENFORCEMENT – Electrifying news comes today from the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department: Some wildlife enforcement officers are doing the preliminary work required to be able to equip themselves with Tasers. Stay tuned, and well-grounded.


Prolific poacher gets five months in jail

WILDLIFE ABUSE -- The sentence: Just five months in jail for the man investigators say call the most prolific wildlife spree killer in Washington state history. Cody Stearns of Western Washington was caught in an interview by KIRO TV as he left the courthouse last...

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 19, 2011

Wintering deer harassed by dogs

WILDLIFE ENFORCEMENT -- Washington Fish and Wildlife Deparment agents in the Spokane Region spent an unusually large amount of time last week responding to complaints about free-roaming dogs harassing deer. At least five incidents showed up on the department's weekly report on enforcement officer activity....

MONDAY, JAN. 10, 2011

Wildlife officers keep eye on cougar hunters, snowmobilers

WILDLIFE ENFORCEMENT -- Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife enforcement officers kept busy with the usual wide range of efforts last week, but they gave special attention to the opening of the cougar hound-hunting season in northeast Washington and they wrote tickets for snowmobiling violations...

MONDAY, DEC. 20, 2010

Some poachers can’t be overlooked

WILDLIFE ENFORCEMENT – While patrolling the Horseshoe Lake area, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department Officer Paul Mosman had one of those rare “game warden moments.”“It started when he pulled in behind a likely looking truck parked at an access gate and just happened to notice...

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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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