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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 …

Get out! No Discover Pass needed Saturday

No Discover Pass is needed on Washington State Park lands Saturday. The free day is in honor of the National Park Services’ 102nd birthday.

Steer clear of chinook salmon nests

Boaters on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River are urged to steer clear of chinook salmon spawning nests, or redds.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 12:47 p.m.

Cougar spotted on Coeur d’Alene’s Tubbs Hill

A mountain lion has been spotted near Tubbs Hill in Coeur d’Alene.

Salmon, steelhead fisheries on Columbia restricted

State fishery managers have declared a night closure for salmon and steelhead fishing starting Saturday on a large stretch of the Columbia River and two of its tributaries, according to …

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 20, 2018, 10:22 p.m.

Washington wildlife officials order members of Togo wolf pack killed, lawsuit temporarily delays action

State officials ordered the lethal removal of wolves from the Togo pack in northeast Washington, Monday. However, environmental groups quickly filed a lawsuit temporarily blocking the action.

For hikers skunked on Enchantment permits, Lake Ingalls area offers gorgeous alternative

Lost out, yet again, on a highly coveted and competitive overnight camping permit to the Enchantments? Lake Ingalls in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area offers a more-than-worthy alternative with little …

Eli Francovich: Grizzly bear near Silverwood inspired fear, but wild animals ought to be afraid

The young grizzly bear raiding chicken coops and chasing sheep in North Idaho this week inspired plenty of awe for those watching the bear’s antics. And the bear inspired a …

Pheasants Forever donates land in Whitman County, benefiting equestrians, bird watchers, hunters

Equestrians, waterfowl hunters and bird watchers received a gift last week.

Sue Lani Madsen: Living with wolves takes guts, knowledge

It takes guts for a bureaucrat to act decisively without clear policy as a safety net. Fortunately for a young researcher treed by wolves, somebody had guts.

WDFW commission approves 5 percent hunter, angler fee increase request but brunt of budget request placed on state general fund

Hunters and anglers could see a 5 percent fee increase according to a newly approved Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife budget request.

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 16, 2018, 10:24 p.m.

Bear captured after reportedly raiding chicken coops in North Idaho

Idaho Fish and Game captured a young grizzly bear that had raided chicken coops in North Idaho late Wednesday night.

Mountain Gear to host Hawaiian-themed paddle

Mountain Gear will be hosting a Hawaiian-themed paddle on the Spokane River Thursday.

Spokane sets up first disc golf minicourse in Loma Vista Park

A four-hole disc golf course was recently completed at Loma Vista Park in northwest Spokane as the city works to bring disc golf to local neighborhood parks as the sport …

Spokane man skis 12 months in a row without driving more than 2.5 hours from home

Over the past year Mike Brede has been on a very specific, and difficult, mission.

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 16, 2018, 1:35 p.m.

Wolf kills in northeast Washington not prompting a kill order, for now

Another confirmed wolf kill in northeast Washington has left ranchers and wolf advocates wondering if, and when, wildlife officials will start killing members of the Togo Pack.

Reader photo: A dinner drink

Buck Domitrovich captured this photo of a female black-chinned hummingbird getting an evening snack near Davenport in late July.

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Aug. 16

Fishing-hunting report for Aug. 16

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 3:16 p.m.

Fire danger prompts Bureau of Land Management to ban shooting in eastern Washington

The Bureau of Land Management has banned target shooting in Eastern Washington due to high-fire danger, according to a news release.

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 14, 2018, 7:41 p.m.

Grizzly bear raids chicken coops, chases sheep in North Idaho

A young grizzly bear has been raiding chicken coops and chasing sheep in North Idaho.

Plenty of pelicans at McNary National Wildlife Refuge

Now that temperatures have dipped slightly this weekend, consider heading to McNary National Wildlife Refuge for a free show.