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Eli Francovich: A lesson in caution while climbing in Idaho

At 58 years old, Charlie LaBrie is still hanging high. .


No daily catch limit for trout at West Medical Lake

There will be no daily catch limit for trout through Oct. 7, according to a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife news release.


Rich Landers: Wildlife spokeswoman answered the call

As a journalist, wildlife enthusiast, hunter and angler, I have reverence for Madonna Luers.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 9:14 a.m.

Spokesman-Review writer learns the ropes while sailing a boat between Hawaii and Oregon

I can’t see the waves, but I can feel them.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 9:37 a.m.

Madonna Luers, longtime spokeswoman for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, retires

The highlight of Madonna Luers’ 34-year career at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is, poignantly, one of her sadder memories as well.


See a moose? Let Washington wildlife officials know

Washington’s citizen Moose Survey begins Saturday,


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 8:19 a.m.

Love, revenge, politics and turkeys: A South Hill story

Despite efforts to thin the number of turkeys roaming about Spokane, the birds have persevered. Neighbors are split about how to deal with the rafters and the Spokane City Council …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018, 5:53 p.m.

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Aug. 30

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Aug. 30


Reader photo: Kicking back

Photographer Joanie Christian’s husband relaxes in the Little Pend Oreille Lakes in Stevens County. Her husband, Jim, had just broken his reel and was relaxing and taking in the view.


Canadian hunter fatally injured by polar bear

A Canadian hunter was killed by a polar bear in an Inuit hamlet in Canada’s northernmost territory, officials said Tuesday.


Colville National Forest Reducing Fire Restrictions

As rain and cooler temperatures move into the area, fire managers are reducing fire restrictions and firewood cutting restrictions that have been in place since July 17, 2017.


SpokeFest waives late fees

Forgot to register for SpokeFest? Don’t fret. A $20 late-registration fee has been waived.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018, 5:51 p.m.

Judge to decide whether grizzly bear hunts resume in Rockies

A judge is expected to make a ruling this week on whether the first grizzly bear hunting season to be held in the Lower 48 states in more than four …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 28, 2018, 3:57 p.m.

Officials confirm that Togo wolf is injured after being shot by rancher in northeast Washington

A member of the Togo wolf pack was shot and injured last week.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 28, 2018, 9:48 p.m.

Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission reverses course, approves 15 percent hunter, angler fee hike

Just weeks after approving a 5 percent hunter and angler fee increase, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife commission has changed course.


Much of Columbia River closes to steelhead fishing Monday

Sharp declines in steel head salmon returns have prompted state wildlife managers to close steelhead fishing on much of the Columbia River starting Monday.


At age 29 fledgling hunter learns gun safety comes first

I spent a good portion of the morning of my 29th birthday on my back inching beneath a fence while a preteen boy stood above me struggling to keep the …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 25, 2018, 5:08 p.m.

Hunters, recreationists urged to think ahead with fires raging in Washington, Idaho

With fires still roaring across the West, hunters and recreationists may find themselves out of luck when they head out. For hunters, the most important consideration is whether the land …


Montana ‘hoot owl’ restrictions lifted

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will lift afternoon and evening fishing restrictions Friday on the Sun River west of Great Falls in the wake of recent cooler water temperatures.


Pheasant Forever plans youth bird hunt

The Spokane-chapter of Pheasants Forever has scheduled a youth bird hunt for Sept. 22.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 25, 2018, 3:26 p.m.

Free bear spray training offered

Learn to use your bear spray. The Backcountry Hunters and Anglers and the Defenders of Wildlife will be hosting a free bear spray training Sept. 4 at Friendship Park (7426 …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 27, 2018, 1:03 p.m.

Frustrated northeast Washington politicians meet after judge blocks killing of Togo pack wolves

Politicians and ranchers in northeast Washington are chafing after two environmental groups from outside the state temporarily blocked the legal killing of members of the Togo wolf pack.


Yellowstone bear that attacked Washington boy won’t be captured, killed

Officials in Yellowstone National Park say they don’t plan to capture or kill a bear that injured a 10-year-old boy from Washington state.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 24, 2018, 5:44 p.m.

Ferry County rancher claims to have shot wolf in self defense, wildlife officials investigating

State wildlife officials are investigating the reported shooting of a member of the Togo pack.


Washington’s new head wildlife manager has had trial by fire in first month on the job

Kelly Susewind, the new director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, thinks the agency has an image problem.


Ammi Midstokke: Pursuing friendships and other excuses to play outside

A while back something shifted in the universe and I found myself in a position to accept applications for new friends. There had been some moving of schools, moving of …


Lands Council plans Mount Spokane hike

The Lands Council will lead a hike up Mount Spokane on Saturday to examine the work being done as part of the Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park expansion. The …


Changes coming to the Endangered Species Act will impact Idaho wildlife

Changes are coming for the most significant piece of federal legislation aimed at preventing animals and plants from fading out of existence: the Endangered Species Act.


Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Aug. 23

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Aug. 23


Reader photo: Smoke on the water

Two photos of Lake Heritage show just how thick the smoke has been this summer. Bradley Gotham used a drone to take a picture of Lake Heritage in the little …