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Springers have sprung

Spring chinook salmon fishing is the hottest game on the Columbia and many of its tributaries. While anglers face short ocean salmon fishing seasons off the Washington coast this summer, …


Pike’s peak starts

Northern pike tend to be the first species to become active each spring in Idaho Panhandle waters. Top pike fishing lakes include Coeur d’Alene, Fernan, Twin, Spirit and Hayden. Many …


Help birds complete their journey

Many bird lovers in the Inland Northwest are rolling out the welcome mat for the spring migrants flocking into the region. Some of these birds still have a long way …


Wolf gets fresh start as managed species

The reintroduction of gray wolves to the northern Rockies has been officially declared a success. They were removed from the federal Endangered Species list on March 28, transferring most wolf …


Winter snoozing not always hibernation

Warmer weather and longer days create a wake-up call to the many critters with a gift for sleeping through the winter. While many birds have the means to split to …


Ready for spring arrivals?

Bird migrations will be getting into full wing through the Inland Northwest this month, as you may have noticed last weekend when songbirds seemed to flood into the area and …


Critter watch: From wolves to whales, region’s wildlife on the move

The coming and going of wildlife is in the news this week. Killer whales roam: A Puget Sound pod of Orcas has been spotted off California’s Monterey Bay.


2007 in Review: Living large in the wild

The Inland Northwest was thinking big in the outdoors this year, with people catching record fish, presenting the region’s richest bass tournament, and spending more per gallon of gas than …


CdA bald eagles are visitor attraction

Bald eagles continue to congregate at Lake Coeur d’Alene for their annual feast of kokanee spawning in Wolf Lodge Bay, with counts of more than 80 birds last week. The …


Critter watch : Wolf report shows growth

Few critters in the Western wildlands are being watched more closely than wolves. We have better numbers on wolves than we have on disabled veterans or immigrants, although we do …


Little Spokane aflutter

With the heat of summer behind us, now’s the time to enjoy birding in the Little Spokane River Natural Area. Whether by foot or canoe, it’s one of the best …


Claiming trails: mountain bikers, hikers confront wilderness

Mountain bikers are gearing up to stay on track in backcountry areas being proposed for federal wilderness designation in the Inland Northwest and throughout the nation. Most people know that …


Grinding through The Bob

The late-July fishing-floating trip Edwin Hill helped organize on Montana’s South Fork of the Flathead River turned out to be a drag. The Spokane adventurer and his extended family hired …


Anaconda-Pintler: Montana’s Lonesome Wilderness

Going the extra mile for a special reunion of four old college friends, we huffed and hoofed deep into a Montana wilderness where roughly 240 square miles appeared to have …


Field Reports: Wolf management meeting in Spokane

Citizens can comment on gray wolf management in Washington during public meetings at seven towns across the state, including Spokane. The wolves are federally protected as endangered species, but their …


Critter Watch: Bridge favors troubled critters

Spokane’s Sunset Highway Bridge is far more than a passageway for motorists across Hangman Creek. The bridge doubles as a condo for discerning critters.


CRITTER WATCH: Little Spokane River blooms with wildlife

Paddlers aren’t the only ones checking out the feral iris that was bursting in bloom last week along the Little Spokane River. The ruffed grouse above, photographed from a canoe, …


Rich Landers: ‘Bloodless’ wildlife activities harmful

Rack up another wildlife setback as the masses continue to reach out for politically correct nature experiences. An Associated Press story out of Eugene sets the issue clearly in the …


CRITTER WATCH: Power to the ospreys

“For a couple of years, an osprey pair has been nesting on this pole between the old and new Highway 395s at Dartford, where a zillion cars go by each …


CRITTER WATCH: Something to grouse about

April is no time to grouse around if you’re a grouse. Sharptails are dancing and sage grouse are booming on the prairies of Idaho, Montana and Washington. Ruffed grouse are …


Ringer catches humdinger, sets record for Idaho pike

Bob Ringer of Post Falls would like to fish in the upcoming pike derby at Lake Coeur d’Alene, but he doesn’t have a boat. “Three people have turned him down …


CRITTER WATCH: When woodpeckers come knocking

If you hear what sounds like a jackhammer on the roof shortly around sunrise this month, it’s more likely to be a woodpecker looking for love. Woodpeckers, particularly northern flickers, …


Sometimes what you see depends on your viewpoint

A serious sportsman – even if he prefers Bud Light – has much in common with a wine connoisseur. The average consumer who drinks a glass of wine is satisfied …


Aerial survey finds problem with elk numbers

LEWISTON – Elk numbers continue to dwindle in some of north-central Idaho’s legendary big-game country, and the state is considering reductions in elk permits. The survey conducted in the last …


Field Reports: Wolf delisting topic in Spokane

Spokane Valley is the last stop for a six-state U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tour to gather comments on removing Northern Rocky Mountain gray wolves from the federal Endangered Species …


CRITTER WATCH: Reading tracks

With every snowfall, nature leaves a blank page for creatures to write their stories. Hiking along the Spokane River or driving along the backroads this time of year is like …


Camping with kids: Landers notes differences between boys and girls

Camping with boys is the same as camping with girls in a global sense. But there’s a world of difference in the details. Outdoors editor Rich Landers, father of daughters, …


Wolf sightings more common

BOISE — Thousands of vacationers in the West will likely see a wolf in the wild for the first time this summer, often from the road but sometimes while camping …


CRITTER WATCH: Cat bib gives birds a chance

Catbib With a new hatch of young birds bringing song to our yards, it’s worth pointing out, once again, that in the United States alone, cats kill a million or …


Cutthroat business in Bob Marshall Wilderness

Plans to poison thousands of fish in 21 Montana lakes then stock them with westslope cutthroat trout have final approval and the work, still disputed by some state commissioners, is …