Stories tagged: Department of Fish and Wildlife
UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 8, 2017, 7:27 p.m.
Report: Wolf population increase not hurting deer numbers
The growing population of wolves in eastern Washington state does not appear to be hurting the populations of deer, elk, moose and bighorn sheep, according to a report issued this …
Wed., Sept. 13, 2017
Rescuing endangered rabbits from fire danger
Biologists and firefighters worked together this summer to save some of the endangered pygmy rabbits the state is breeding in Central Washington.
Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 9:20 a.m.
State hatchery contract lost after report of sexual culture
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has lost a multimillion-dollar contract to operate two fish hatcheries following a report of a sexual culture among top-ranking employees at one of …
Sun., June 11, 2017, 6 a.m.
Poor steelhead return to Columbia River means fishing restrictions
The number of steelhead returning to the Columbia River Basin this summer is expected to be the lowest since 1980. To conserve the number of fish expected – about 130,700 …
UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017, 10:42 p.m.
School and wildlife officials shoo moose away from north Spokane elementary school
A moose moseyed through the Hillyard neighborhood this morning, prompting school officials at Regal Elementary to keep a watchful eye in case she came too close to children.
Thu., Aug. 25, 2016, 12:53 p.m.
Fishing free in Washington this weekend due to computer hack
People fishing in Washington waters through next Tuesday will not need a license as a state agency tries to recover from a computer hack.
Tue., Aug. 23, 2016, 12:04 p.m.
Tribal fishery for fall chinook salmon opens, strong harvest expected
About 778,000 fall chinook are forecast to make their way up the Columbia River this year, according to the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. That’s smaller than last summer, when …
Tue., June 21, 2016, 1:09 p.m.
Protection sought for marbled murrelet seabird
Conservation groups are seeking to have the marbled murrelet listed as “endangered” under the Oregon Endangered Species Act, and also want the state to identify and protect forest sites considered …
Thu., April 28, 2016, 9:21 a.m.
Sea lion that made strange, 50-mile trek to ranch found dead
State biologists are trying to determine what killed a sea lion that was captured and released after it was found in the driveway of a cattle farm about 50 miles …
Fri., May 22, 2015
Washington being proactive on wolves
Washington wildlife managers said they’re working to avoid a repeat of last year’s grazing season, when wolves killed at least 28 sheep and two cows. The attacks led to the …
Sat., March 7, 2015
Report: State’s wolf population makes comeback
The wolf population in Washington grew by more than 30 percent and formed four new packs last year, according to an annual survey conducted by the state Department of Fish …
Sat., Jan. 31, 2015
Spokane River’s flow model challenged
Nearly 2,000 people wrote to the Washington Department of Ecology when the agency was developing flow rules for the Spokane River last fall. Some discussed how Spokane’s urban river looked …
Sun., Nov. 23, 2014
Not everyone giving thanks for turkeys in Spokane
It seems that a turkey invasion is underway, with groups of them frequenting the South Hill, Spokane Valley and the North Side. Several flocks of the birds – technically known …
Wed., Oct. 8, 2014
Anger over wolf attacks rekindles at Washington agency meeting
A tense summer between ranchers and wolves led to a packed crowd Tuesday night in Colville at a public meeting with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Phil Anderson. …
Sun., Aug. 24, 2014
Washington Fish and Wildlife Department leads in military surplus buys
The state law enforcement agency that has made the most of a federal program offering military surplus equipment at fire-sale rates is just as likely to face a charging moose …
Fri., April 26, 2013
New focus on wolves that attack livestock
OLYMPIA – New rules for dealing with wolf attacks on livestock and domestic animals, which seemed stalled in the Legislature, may be announced as early as today as a result …
Wed., Jan. 30, 2013
Wolf debate reaches Senate panel
OLYMPIA – Farmers, ranchers and county officials from Eastern Washington said a plan to manage wolves as they are re-established in the state has good ideas but doesn’t go far …
Sat., Jan. 5, 2013, 3:33 p.m.
State loses out on bid to buy historic ranch
PROSSER, Wash. — Washington state had hoped to buy and preserve a historic Benton County ranch on Rattlesnake Mountain, but the land is going to a private buyer instead.
Sun., Jan. 15, 2012
State parks’ pass is on ice for weekend, so you’re free to frolic
Washington State Parks began charging for access last year after millions of dollars in budget cuts, but access is free this weekend. “I think it’s perfect,” said Amanda Haan, who …
Fri., May 13, 2011
Fees approved for state’s parks, recreation areas
OLYMPIA – Planning on driving to a state park or recreation area for some fun in the great outdoors after July 1? It’ll cost you. The same for visiting a …
Wed., Feb. 23, 2011, 7:26 p.m.
Orr hands over Fish and Wildlife battles to next generation
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is fighting for its life at the Washington Legislature without one of its biggest guns.
Thu., Dec. 23, 2010
Dock opinion helps city
A Spokane County judge has issued a letter of opinion stating he doesn’t see anything wrong with Shoreline Management Act exemptions the city of Spokane Valley granted for the installation …
Mon., Nov. 15, 2010
Stops let officials monitor deer health, numbers
Sunday was chilly, gray and damp, but that didn’t stop area hunters from heading to the hills. If the number of empty-handed hunters stopping by the state Department of Fish …
Thu., Dec. 3, 2009, 1:15 p.m.
Nature agencies asked to share
Plans announced Wednesday to streamline how state natural-resource agencies deliver services to the public did not include consolidation of any state agencies.