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Updated smartphone app allows public to report invasive species in Washington

State wildlife managers have upgraded a key tool in the fight against invasive species.


The quiet threat to Idaho’s water

Invasive species are classified as animals or plants that are not native to an area. The invasive species outgrow and out-compete native species and dominate an ecosystem because these new …


Idaho adds inspection stations to target invasive species

Idaho officials have added watercraft inspection stations and extended operating hours at some in anticipation of a busy season.


UPDATED: Mon., May 14, 2018, 4:35 p.m.

Pikeminnow reward season opened May 1 on Columbia, Snake rivers

Anglers can once again make money catching predatory pikeminnows in the Columbia and Snake rivers.


Oregon rafters may get a break on permits

The Oregon State Marine Board is considering a plan that would no longer require people who rent commercial rafts and kayaks to carry Aquatic Invasive Species permits.


West puts teeth into invasives prevention plans

Roads leading to Fernie, British Columbia, a skiing and fishing hot spot, are smooth and well-traveled. But if you’re trailering a boat, or have a paddleboard or kayak on your …


Out & about: Boaters still unaware of state line boat inspections

Some drivers with watercraft, especially in vehicles with kayaks or stand-up paddle boards, are missing the boat inspection signs on Interstate 90 in Washington just west of the Idaho state …


Idaho, Utah team up to fight invasive mussels

Idaho is teaming up with Utah to protect Bear Lake on the Utah-Idaho border from invasive mussels.


UPDATED: Sat., July 22, 2017, 9:53 p.m.

Idaho, Utah sign agreement to fight invasive mussels on cross-border lake

Idaho’s state Department of Agriculture and Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources have announced a cooperative agreement with the Bear Lake Regional Commission through which all three will work together to …


UPDATED: Sat., June 17, 2017, 8:34 p.m.

Yellowstone takes measures to prevent mussels’ spread

Yellowstone National Park officials are installing barriers in front of boat launches in an attempt to prevent invasive mussels recently discovered in Montana from spreading to the park and into …


Montana anglers must purchase aquatic invasive species pass

Anglers in Montana will need to purchase an aquatic invasive species prevention pass following legislation signed by Gov. Steve Bullock.


Removing carp from Lake Spokane mixes science, grunt work

Reducing the number of carp in Lake Spokane to improve water quality is not only rife with complications, it’s also ripe.


Idaho boating rule for invasive species stickers clarified; education merit questioned

Most kayaks and stand-up paddleboards are among the vessels required to have state Invasive Species Stickers before launching in Idaho waters, state officials says. The requirement surprises some boaters with …


In brief: Scientists’ presentation probes wildfires at the Bing

An hour-long, multi-media, traveling presentation that confronts the trend of huge wildfires, will be in Spokane on Thursday sponsored by The Lands Council and Vaagen Bros. timber company.


Idaho leads region’s increased aquatic invasive species boat inspection efforts

Boaters traveling in and out of Washington, Idaho and Montana are noticing increased emphasis this season on inspections for invasive aquatic species on watercraft ranging from yachts to kayaks, rafts …


Gillnetting ramps up to curb northern pike in Columbia River

The front lines in the battle against non-native northern pike invading the Columbia River have moved to the Kettle Falls area of Lake Roosevelt. Gillnetting that started last year after …


Some fish-wildlife legislation still alive in Olympia

Of more than 2,700 bills introduced by the 2017 Washington Legislature, about 650 made it past the halfway cutoff and were still alive going into this week in Olympia.


Boat inspection funding bill goes to Idaho governor’s desk

An emergency funding bill to expand the state’s boat inspection stations to check for invasive quagga and zebra mussels is headed to the governor’s desk for his approval.


UPDATED: Wed., March 8, 2017, 4:48 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers plan big budget boost for fight against invasive mussels

Idaho lawmakers on Wednesday approved a whopping 40.2 percent increase in state funds for the Idaho Department of Agriculture next year, largely because of a big boost to a boat …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, 9:48 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers OK emergency budget bill for anti-mussel boat inspection stations

Idaho lawmakers on Monday approved an emergency appropriation of $710,000 to expand the state’s boat inspection stations to check for invasive quagga and zebra mussels, adding three new stations, dawn-to-dusk …


Field Reports: Montana seeks $11 million to combat invasive species

To increase its fight against aquatic invasive species Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is requesting an additional $11.5 million from the Montana Legislature over the next two years.


Idaho’s boat inspection program faces big budget shortfall

Idaho’s boat inspection program, aimed at keeping invasive quagga and zebra mussels out of the state, is facing a big budget shortfall that’s sent state lawmakers scrambling.


In Brief: Nordic events at local venues

High-profile and low-key events will beckon heavier than usual activity at Spokane-Coeur d’Alene Nordic skiing areas this weekend.


Washington considers strengthening measures to protect waters from aquatic invasive species

Bad news is knocking at the door and Washington is behind the curve on dealing with aquatic invasive species. State officials say there’s an urgency to get up to speed …


Three Everglades deer found in one big python belly

Pythons eat a lot. No surprise there. But in a new study, scientists examining poop from a Burmese python bagged in the Everglades discovered the ravenous snakes may be gorging …


State adopts no tolerance policy for feral pigs

Being ahead of the game is the name of the game in dealing with invasive species. That’s why Idaho staffs up to 20 boat inspection stations to prevent quagga and …


Curbing illegal ATV entry constant job at Mount Spokane State Park

With nagging persistence, off-road vehicle riders continue to assault a small but prized natural area of Mount Spokane State Park.


House measure backs shippers on ballast water dumping; invasive species a concern

A plan gaining support in Congress and backed by the cargo shipping industry would establish a nationwide policy for dumping ballast water into U.S. waterways that environmental groups say would …


Watercraft inspection stations help protect habitat from invasive species

This is the time of year when state officials in Idaho, Washington and Montana begin the inspections necessary to keep out invasive species such as zebra and quagga mussels, which …


Feral pig extermination prompts wildlife area closure

A month-long government effort to eliminate feral pigs in Grant County has prompted the closure of a two-square-mile area of public land west of Moses Lake.