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  • Kootenai Tribe takes on caribou recovery

    The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho is stepping up efforts to save the last wild caribou herd in the Lower 48 states. The tribe has contracted with the U.S. Fish and …


  • Field reports: Coast salmon seasons set by Pacific council

    FISHING – Washington’s 2015 salmon fishing seasons were approved this month by the Pacific Fishery Management Council, with some Puget Sound fisheries constrained to protect wild salmon listed under the …


  • Judge tells agency to reconsider decision on caribou habitat

    A federal judge on Monday ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reconsider a decision that reduced critical habitat for the South Selkirk caribou herd by 90 percent. Six …


  • Wolves, predators of caribou, will be killed by B.C. wildlife officials

    Up to 24 wolves in British Columbia just north of Idaho will be shot by helicopter gunners this winter in an effort to save the 18 remaining southern Selkirk Mountains …


  • South Selkirk caribou herd protections being revised

    Caribou worldwide share similar features – branching antlers, stocky bodies covered with hollow hair that insulates against the cold, and snowshoe-like hooves. Herds across North America and northern Europe all …


  • Feds affirm protections for Selkirk caribou herd

    A mountain caribou herd in the southern Selkirk Mountains requires continued protection under the Endangered Species Act, officials said today.


  • Groups to sue over limiting of caribou habitat

    Environmental groups intend to sue the federal government over its decision to cut more than 90 percent of the land originally proposed as critical habitat for the last mountain caribou …


  • Landers: Snowmobilers still waiting for Selkirk access

    Snowmobilers have been champing at the bit to make tracks across the crest of Idaho’s Selkirk Mountains, where they’ve been banned since 2005. On Nov. 27, the U.S. Fish and …


  • Fish and Wildlife sets aside land for caribou

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is designating about 30,000 acres in northeast Washington and North Idaho as critical habitat for woodland caribou, a fraction of the 375,000 acres originally …


  • Federal government protects a fraction of proposed area for caribou

    The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is designating about 30,000 acres in Northeast Washington and North Idaho as critical habitat for woodland caribou, a fraction of the 375,000 acres originally …


  • Idaho senators oppose expanded caribou habitat

    Only two woodland caribou were spotted in North Idaho in 1983, when the last wild herd in the Lower 48 received emergency protection under the Endangered Species Act. As the …


  • Snowmobiler-commissioned study disputes caribou impact

    PRIEST LAKE, Idaho – Protecting habitat for woodland caribou has cost North Idaho’s economy $26 million, with winter tourism in the resort area of Priest Lake taking the biggest hit, …


  • Caribou habitat costs studied

    Protecting old-growth habitat for endangered woodland caribou will cost about $1.5 million over the next 20 years, according to a draft economic analysis prepared for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife …


  • Bonner County files petition to delist caribou

    Endangered species protections should be rescinded for the 46 caribou in the South Selkirk herd, Bonner County argued Wednesday in a delisting petition. “Caribou aren’t endangered, when you look at …


  • County seeking to delist caribou

    A law firm that successfully argued a North Idaho couple’s wetlands dispute with the federal government before the U.S. Supreme Court has been retained by Bonner County to petition for …


  • Landers: TV hunting host fined; Walleye bounty proposed - Oh my!

    Steelheading streams are off color and the wild turkey hunting season is still more than three weeks off. With a little breather in the action, let’s play the field today, …


  • Feds extend comment period for caribou habitat

    Citing requests from Idaho’s governor, local governments and the Kootenai Tribe, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a 60-day extension for public comment on a proposal to designate …


  • Caribou face precarious prognosis

    While the Cessna 182 circled, Tim Layser used binoculars to peer down into a snowy meadow. Woodland caribou tracks crossed the glade and led into a grove of trees. But …


  • Caribou comment period extended

    Members of the public will have an additional 60 days to comment on a controversial plan to designate 375,000 acres in the Selkirk Mountains as critical habitat for endangered caribou. …


  • Caribou protection worries officials

    Protecting habitat for woodland caribou will create economic hardships in Bonner County’s rural communities, its board of commissioners said Tuesday, predicting that the designation would create new restrictions on logging, …


  • Field reports: Visiting snowy owls find roads rough

    MIGRANTS – Snowy owls seem to be showing up in ones and twos all over the northern tier of the United States this winter as they migrate from arctic homes …


  • Feds propose critical caribou habitat in Idaho, Washington

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today a proposal to designate 375,562 acres of critical habitat in North Idaho and northeastern Washington for southern Selkirk Mountains woodland caribou (Rangifer …


  • Forest Service may close off-road area to snowmobiling

    Only a few rogue snowmobilers willfully ride into off-limits areas of protected Selkirk caribou habitat, organized snowmobile groups say. But the actions of a few are jeopardizing access for the …


  • Colville trail access in jeopardy

    Access to a large Colville National Forest area popular with snowmobilers could be closed this winter if rogue sledders continue to ignore a federal closure that aims to protect endangered …


  • Agency will study habitat of caribou

    Just 45 woodland caribou are believed to remain in the Selkirk Mountains. This week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed to study whether their alpine habitat needs stronger protections. …


  • Snowmobilers face denied access

    Strike two has been called against snowmobilers in northern Pend Oreille County. For the second consecutive year, a few renegades have forced a season closure of Harvey Creek Road 1935, …


  • Lawsuit filed to protect caribou

    Woodland caribou in the Selkirk Mountains are so imperiled that they could vanish within the next 20 years, extinguishing the last caribou herd in the Lower 48 states, environmental groups …


  • Caribou country restrictions being enforced

    So far this winter three snowmobile riders have been cited for entering areas northwest of Priest Lake that are closed to protect woodland caribou habitat. A 2007 federal court order …


  • Forest Service crafting caribou plan

    Though the debate over snowmobiles and caribou in the Priest Lake area sometimes seems intractable, the U.S. Forest Service believes a new management plan will help put the issue to …


  • Snowmobiling area ruled off-limits

    A popular backcountry snowmobiling area north of Upper Priest Lake has again been ruled off-limits to snowmobiles in an effort to protect the Lower 48’s last herd of caribou. Wednesday’s …

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