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  • 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 …


  • Tense trail mix in the Selkirks

    NORDMAN, Idaho – The whine of snowmobile engines again echoes through the national forest here. The sound infuriates those seeking to protect the Lower 48 states’ last herd of caribou …


  • Proceed with care

    Saving the last caribou in the lower 48 states is important. But saving the winter economy of the Priest Lake area is important, too. U.S. District Judge Robert Whaley, of …


  • Priest Lake’s trails reopened

    A federal judge in Spokane delivered a gift to snowmobilers across the region Tuesday when he reopened several key trails in caribou habitat surrounding Priest Lake, Idaho. Priest Lake resort …


  • Caribou advocates, USFS seek trail deal

    Caribou advocates will work with the U.S. Forest Service in coming weeks in an attempt to determine which trails could be reopened in caribou habitat, following a recent ruling by …


  • Snowmobilers lose access

    In an effort to save the last remaining mountain caribou herd in the Lower 48 states, a federal judge has banned snowmobiling on nearly 300,000 acres of national forest near …