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UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 5:21 p.m.

Plan to expand hunting, fishing in wildlife refuges revealed

The Trump administration is announcing what it calls a major expansion of hunting and fishing in the nation’s protected wildlife refuges.


Former Colorado nuke site opens to public as wildlife refuge

Cyclists and hikers explored a newly opened wildlife refuge at the site of a former nuclear weapons plant in Colorado on Saturday, while a protester in a gas mask brought …


Family of slain rancher Finicum sues federal government

The family of a rancher fatally shot by Oregon State Police during the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge alleges in a federal lawsuit that he was “deliberately executed …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017, 9:03 p.m.

Oregon refuge standoff figure free on house arrest in Nevada

A rancher’s son at the center of an armed standoff with government agents near his family ranch in Nevada in 2014 and a takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge in …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 16, 2017, 10:37 p.m.

Oregon standoff figure sentenced for digging trench

A federal judge sentenced a man Thursday to a year and a day in federal prison for digging a trench during last year’s armed takeover of a national wildlife refuge …


Renewed interest in oil drilling in Arctic Wildlife Refuge mobilizes wilderness advocates

Dan Ashe, who rose from the ranks of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2011 to become its 16th director, finally got his chance to visit the Arctic National …


Refuge occupier Eric Flores sentenced to home detention

A man who left the Tulalip Reservation in Washington state to participate in Ammon Bundy’s armed takeover of a national wildlife refuge has been sentenced to five months of home …


UPDATED: Sat., April 29, 2017, 3:35 p.m.

McNeil River bear expert learned to trust grizzly bears

Larry Aumiller spent 40 years trying to come to terms with the expression on the Boone and Crockett Club’s bear statue. “Those bears can be aggressive,” Aumiller said. “But that’s …


Fishing curtailed at popular trout fishing spots McDowell Lake, Potter’s Pond

Even though there’s water everywhere this spring, two popular trout fishing lakes on the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge southeast of Colville will be empty or dramatically lowered when …


UPDATED: Sat., April 15, 2017, 6:11 p.m.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke halts transfer of Montana Bison Range to tribes

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has reversed plans to give management of Montana’s National Bison Range to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, saying that he is committed to not …


Feds, defense attorneys at odds over 2nd trial of Oregon refuge occupiers

Lawyers for a second set of defendants to be tried for the occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon say they want a pool of 2,000 jurors to be …


Report: Staff shortages hamper U.S. wildlife refuges

Hundreds of national wildlife refuges that provide critical habitat for migratory birds and other species are crippled by a staffing shortage that has curtailed educational programs, hampered the fight against …


Briefs: Volunteers to spruce up Turnbull Refuge

The annual community work party to plant trees and shrubs and other projects at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge south of Cheney is set for 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday.