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December 27, 2009 in Outdoors
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The Idaho Legislature essentially mandated that bighorn sheep be killed or moved if they wander onto public grazing allotments above Hell’s Canyon. The

Christopher Anderson photo

A trumpeter swan nicknamed Solo swims with his mate and their brood of four cygnets at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge in June 2009. Two decades after his first mate was killed, the refuge’s oldest known critter finally found a viable female and sired a family. They repeated in 2010 by producing five cygnets.

Photo by Kay LeClaire photo

Dawes Eddy, 66, of Spokane had reached the summit of Mount Everest and was on his way down when he met Kay LeClaire, 60, another Spokane climber making her way up the world’s highest peak. Photo by Kay LeClaire