January 2, 2011 in Outdoors

Out & About in 2010

Photo by Daniel Poleschook Jr. photo

A pair of common loons produced one chick in their first nesting effort at Long Lake in 2009. The female loon was back on a nest in May 2010 before Fish and Wildlife Department officials reported that she had been shot around May 9. Photo by Daniel Poleschook Jr.
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A few months after the poorly-attended late-winter Great Western Sportfishing Show closed at the Spokane Convention Center, promoters announced they would not be returning to Spokane, ending a three-year run.

A pilot grazing project on Washington’s Asotin Wildlife Area was stopped by a lawsuit before the possible habitat benefits could be proved or disproved.

Cal Groen, 63, Idaho Fish and Game Department director, was fined $500 for trespassing on private property while elk hunting.

Instant updates on river flows and other water conditions were made available by text message or e-mail through a new WaterAlert service by the U.S. Geological Survey at water.usgs.gov/wateralert/

A nesting loon was shot and killed in northeastern Washington for the second consecutive year. However, this time, despite a $3,000 reward, the person who killed the loon at Long Lake in Ferry County was not found and charged.

The body of Bill Holland, a climber lost in a 1989 accident on Slipstream, was found in the glacier below the Columbia Icefields route in Jasper National Park, Alberta.

Mount Hood and Mount Rainier each logged a climber death.

Bonner County turned thumbs down on a proposal for a powerboat no-wake rule at Upper Priest Lake.

Spokane was ranked among the top two outdoor towns in the country for trail running in Outside magazine’s August issue.

Spokane’s City Council unanimously passed a resolution refreshing its support for the whitewater park proposed six years ago on the Spokane River in Peaceful Valley.

Two grizzly bears trapped and relocated from near Whitefish to bolster the grizzly population in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness wasted little time returning “home.”

“They didn’t even zigzag much,” said Wayne Kasworm, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist who monitored the bears with GPS. One bear returned 60 miles in six days and another bear that been released in late fall 2009 so it had to den in the Cabinets emerged in May and returned “home” 73 miles in seven days.

The Dash One Invitational Salmon Derby, which would have been Washington’s first high stakes salmon fishing contest with a $100,000 first prize, fizzled before it could be staged in July out of Anacortes, Wash. Although 14 teams had committed to the $6,600 entry fee, 45 paying teams were needed.

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