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  • Bear sighting clogs Indian Trail

    Wildlife and fire department crews removed a black bear that wandered into a northwest Spokane neighborhood this afternoon.


  • No signs of bears despite snowmelt

    Though most of the snow has disappeared from the region’s black bear dens, wildlife biologists say the jury’s still out on whether an early spring will result in earlier-than-usual bear …


  • Hibernating bears could be rousted early this year

    Though most of the snow has disappeared from the region’s black bear dens, wildlife biologists say the jury’s still out on whether an early spring will result in earlier-than-usual bear …


  • Washington among states trying to curb bumper crop

    The rut is winding down, leaving motorists with one fewer reason for colliding with a deer, elk or moose on the highway. The annual fall mating season, which peaks in …


  • Biologist makes wildlife a priority for 35 years

    He apologized for having a wild-game potluck retirement party Nov. 21 while some hunting and fishing seasons were still under way. “I don’t want to take from anybody’s time in …


  • Wolf plans at different stages

    As Wash- ington continues to formulate a wolf management plan and Idaho has extended the first wolf hunting season in decades, Montana wildlife managers are regrouping. Montana’s first fair-chase wolf …


  • Boasts help agents bag braggarts

    A big ego is a poacher’s Achilles’ heel. Wildlife enforcement agents are well aware that the greediness that leads to illegally shooting a trophy animal usually is accompanied by a …


  • Wolf plan meeting Tuesday in Spokane

    ENDANGERED SPECIES – Public comments will be heard in Spokane on Tuesday on a recently released draft management plan with guidelines for removing gray wolves from Washington’s state endangered species …


  • Pheasant funds aim at habitat

    It’s likely to be a long journey, but the days of good pheasant hunting in Eastern Washington could return. As the 2009 season opens this weekend, hunters are discovering a …


  • State may pay wolf-kill damages

    OLYMPIA – Hoping to ease Washington ranchers’ concerns about gray wolves, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife is proposing what may be the most generous compensation in the West …


  • Wolf plan to get public hearings

    A draft management and conservation plan released recently for gray wolves in Washington presents a blueprint for ushering the predators through their gradual revival to eventual delisting from state endangered …


  • Kennewick men accused of illegal fishing on Snake

    Three Kennewick men are accused of stealing 22 fish, including three wild steelhead and two wild Chinook salmon, from a state fish hatchery collection site on the Snake River, officials …


  • State closes purchase of property

    The Washington Fish and Wildlife Department closed a $6.2 million deal Monday to acquire 1,693 acres of wildlife-rich wetlands and uplands from Horseshoe Lake south to Fan Lake. The land …


  • Fish and Wildlife unveils wolf plan

    International borders and state lines are no deterrent to gray wolves, which are drifting into Washington from neighboring packs in British Columbia, Idaho and Montana. At least two wolf packs …


  • Cougar attacks 5-year-old hiking in Stevens County

    A 5-year-old boy from Rossland, B.C., was attacked by a cougar Wednesday while he and his family were hiking a trail in Stevens County. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife …


  • Seasons open for small game in two states

    Hunting seasons for some of the smallest and most difficult targets will open Tuesday in the Inland Northwest. Mourning doves and forest grouse will become fair game in Idaho and …


  • the great indoors

    Dr. Kristin Mansfield stopped performing wildlife necropsies in her bathtub after her kids were born. She moved to her barn instead. Lugging animal carcasses home was messy and cumbersome. But …


  • Hikers, hunters come together

    Here’s a bright idea for hikers, bikers, berry pickers and other people heading into the woods for outdoor recreation now that the first of the hunting seasons has opened in …


  • Record rainbow caught in Idaho

    FISHING – Michelle Larsen-Williams of Pingree, Idaho, broke a 61-year-old state record on July 29 when she landed a 20-pound rainbow trout on the Snake River just above American Falls …


  • Land swap protects wildlife, preserves public access

    The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation teamed with The Nature Conservancy and several state and federal agencies recently to secure 2,675-acres in the first phase of a three-year project to protect …


  • Winter rec committees stay busy in summer

    While summer is in high gear, certain Washington agency committees are gathering recommendations this week that will affect winter sports such as cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, as well as the …


  • Gray wolf pack is state’s second

    Acting on a tip from loggers, wild-life biologists have confirmed the presence of a wolf pack with pups in northeast Pend Oreille County. At sunrise Friday, Scott Fisher played digital …


  • Ione man cited for killing loon

    WILDLIFE – Working from a citizen’s tip, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department officers have cited Charles I. Fraley, 22, of Ione for killing a protected common loon at Yocum Lake …


  • Misguided rescues disturb wildlife

    Wildlife rehabilitator Marilyn Omlor works with youngsters needlessly separated from their mothers. They’re victims of a crime, she said: fawn-napping. Each June, multiple fawns end up at Ponti Veterinary Clinic …


  • ‘Fawn-napping’ victims filling clinic

    Wildlife rehabilitator Marilyn Omlor works with youngsters needlessly separated from their mothers. They’re victims of a crime, she said: fawn-napping.


  • Outdoors bill out of committee

    Sportsmen in Washington soon may find themselves with lighter wallets, a chance to fish with two poles and at least a couple of new wildlife commissioners. Substitute House Bill 1778 …


  • State senators put Wecker’s feet over the fire

    OLYMPIA – It wasn’t a quite a grilling. More like a light sautéing. The Senate natural resources committee hearing Friday was to confirm Fish and Wildlife Commission chairwoman Miranda Wecker, …


  • Lawmakers target Fish and Wildlife Commission

    Trying to broker a truce in a long-running dispute, lawmakers are considering stripping the state Fish and Wildlife Commission of its role overseeing commercial fishing. The move – likely to …


  • Conservation On the line

    A Colville hatchery that raises sport fish for more than 60 regional lakes is slated for closure as part of $30 million in anticipated budget cuts at the Washington Department …


  • Colville hatchery among proposed state cuts

    A Colville hatchery that raises sport fish for more than 60 regional lakes is slated for closure as part of $30 million in anticipated budget cuts at the Washington Department …

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