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Lincoln County deer masacre prompts $5,000 reward

POACHING — Up to $5,000 in rewards is being offered for a tip that leads to the conviction of the culprits in the latest spree poaching case in Eastern Washington.

Five white-tailed deer, including two bucks and three does, were discovered in the Grand Coulee area of Lincoln County on Saturday with only the backstrap and hindquarters removed. The deer were shot and left to rot just a few feet from each other, and appeared to be fairly fresh kills.

This is the sixth multiple-deer poaching incident documented in Eastern Washington this winter, including two incidents in Spokane County.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for this spree killing and the Human Society of the United States has pledged another $2,500.

Information can be submitted anonymously:

1. Contact Officer Wood in Lincoln County, (509) 892-1001.
2. Call the state Poaching Hotline, (877) 933-9847.
3. Email the tip to reportpoaching@dfw.wa.gov.
4. Text the information to TIP411 (847411).

Dead Hunter Had Family In Boundary

A grizzly bear wounded by a hunter later attacked and killed the hunter’s partner Friday after the two men tracked the animal in a remote area along the Idaho-Montana boarder, authorities said. The dead hunter was identified by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office as Steve Stevenson, 39, a member of a hunting party from Winnemucca, Nev. The attack occurred about 10 a.m. PDT in a mountainous, heavily forested region in Lincoln County, Mont., near the Canadian border. Stevenson’s hunting partner, 21-year-old Ty Bell, shot and wounded a young male grizzly, believing it to be a black bear, undersheriff Brent Faulkner said. “They tracked the bear into an area of heavy cover where Mr. Stevenson was attacked by the wounded grizzly bear,” Faulkner said in a news release late Friday/Meghann Cuniff, SR. More here. And: Anusha Roy's KXLY story & video here (inset photo courtesy of KXLY.

Question: How will this tragedy affect the congressional debate started by the Idaho congressional delegation re: providing more leeway for individuals to protect themselves against endangered grizzlies?

Snowy owls make annual visit to region

BIRDING — They come just a few at a time from their home in the arctic, but they stand out like NBA players on a grade-school tour bus when they arrive in Lincoln County each winter.

Snowy owls are always welcome sights to Inland Northwest birdwatchers. The birds have a calm demeanor as they perch on fence posts and power poles over the wheat fields and scablands west of Spokane.

Greg Falco of Sprague said he drove 50 miles on Thursday without spotting a snowy owl.

But Buck Domitrovich was able to spot one southeast of Davenport near Morrison and Jannett roads.

He managed to get the nice photo above as the weather finally cleared from its doldrums and made a brilliant day for birding.

A heinous criminal…

Good afternoon, Netizens…

Eric John Rick Vogel, a former radio announcer in Libby, Montana, will not be broadcasting any more shows for awhile. That’s because he is doing 40 years at the Montana State Prison for sexual assaulting five out of his seven children. I’ve been following this case closely as it wove its way through Lincoln County Courts in Libby, thanks in part to Steve Thompson’s insistence.

For the record, here is his prison picture:



Good advice for anyone

This sign can be found in a wheat field on Highway 23 south of Harrington.

It’s the first winner in a contest Lincoln County officials hope will become an annual event in Washington - the campaign against methamphetmine.

Modeled after the Montana Meth advertising project, the contest aimed to teach the public about the dangers of the drug through art campaigns designed by teenagers.

The contest only received one entry, but coordinator Darren Mattozzi said they’ll allow smaller entries next year in hopes of getting more attention.

“We had so many people commit, but this was the only that actually fit because of the size requirements,” Mattozzi said.