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UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:14 p.m.

Former WDFW director gets new position with U.S. Fish and Wildlife

James Unsworth, the former director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, has been named assistant regional director for science applications in the Pacific Region of the U.S. Fish …



UW researchers use scat-sniffing dogs to bolster wolf count in Washington

It’s quite possible that the statewide population of wolves is closer to 200 rather than 122, according to UW researchers using scat-sniffing dogs.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 5:46 p.m.

Three Washington bills deal with cougars, hounds

Two bills dealing with cougars are in state senate committee hearings Thursday.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 1:43 p.m.

Washington’s first Karelian Bear Dogs, credited with busting poachers and saving kittens, die

Two of Washington’s most famous and accomplished employees died in 2018: Mishka and Cash, the Karelian Bear Dogs.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 2:10 p.m.

Stevens County Commissioners issue wolf safety announcement

The Stevens County Commissioners announced that wolf “packs have come very close to homes in several areas of Stevens County,” Tuesday.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 12, 2019, 9:23 a.m.

Wolves kill two calves, one cow in Ferry County

The carcasses of two calves and a cow were discovered in Ferry County early in January.


WDFW to hear public input on Columbia River salmon and sturgeon policies

The state’s wildlife commission will discuss Columbia River salmon management policies and take public comments on Lower Columbia sturgeon management Friday and Saturday.


Late deer harvest numbers down; WDFW plans to reduce antlerless permits

If hunter stories and check-station results are turn out to be accurate, the 2018 big-game season was a slow one.


Washington’s new head wildlife manager talks wolves, birds, hunting in Spokane stop

The head of Washington’s wildlife management service visited Spokane on Monday, fielding questions about wolves, hunting opportunities, bird watching, angling and more.


WDFW considers killing Togo pack members after attack on calf

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed that a member or members of the Togo wolf pack attacked and injured a calf on Oct. 26.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 30, 2018, 1:20 p.m.

WDFW commission to discuss Columbia River fisheries

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will discuss the management of Columbia River fisheries Nov. 1 through 3, Thursday through Saturday, including a one-day information-sharing workshop with its Oregon counterpart.


State will kill remaining 2 wolves of pack killing cattle

The state has decided to kill the remaining two wolves from a pack that has repeatedly preyed on cattle in the Kettle River Range of Ferry County.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 26, 2018, 5:57 p.m.

Fish and Wildlife approves killing of remaining two wolves in the old Profanity Peak pack area

The final two members of a wolf pack occupying the old Profanity Peak Pack area will be killed, according to a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife news release.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 3:10 p.m.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife seeks Wolf Advisory Group candidates

Washington’s Wolf Advisory Group is looking for new candidates to serve on the citizen committee that advises the department on wolf recovery and management.


Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to stock 147,000 trout

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will stock roughly 147,000 trout in Washington lakes this fall, according to a news release.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 10:04 p.m.

Washington wildlife officials order killing of wolves in old Profanity Peak Pack territory

State wildlife officials ordered the killing of more wolves, Wednesday.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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


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.


WDFW commission discussing funding, fee increase

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife commission met yesterday in Olympia to discuss long-term funding options and a potential fee increase aimed at


Temporary shooting ban to be placed amid fire threats

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is placing a temporary statewide restriction on firearm use to fire-prevention rules already in place on state-managed lands.


With shortfall looming, WDFW budget proposal increases user fees, but brunt of funding falls on state general fund

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife hopes to balance its budget using a combination of state general-fund money and increased hunter and angler fees.


State officials say it would cost millions to keep the Naches fish hatchery open. The hatchery manager say that’s “bogus.”

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife budget director Nate Pamplin told media this week the need for “a fairly significant capital investment” played a role in the decision to close …


UPDATED: Fri., July 20, 2018, 4:51 p.m.

WDFW to discuss looming $30 million budget shortfall during public webinar Monday

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has scheduled a public webinar Monday to discuses funding challenges, according to a WDFW news release.


Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife names Kelly Susewind new director

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission selected Kelly Susewind as the new director of the state’s wildlife management agency Saturday.


UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018, 4:02 p.m.

WDFW shooting restrictions in place for Wenas Wildlife Area

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s annual shooting restrictions went into effect June 6.