Stories tagged: wildlife research
Wed., Aug. 31, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
Outpeople: Moose researcher loves thrill of the chase
James Goerz has his eye on moose in northeastern Washington. The University of Montana graduate student is among a small staff in the field every week monitoring moose that were …
Sat., Nov. 21, 2015, 12:12 p.m.
Effort to monitor bats takes wing in 31 states
An effort spanning 31 states and 10 Canadian provinces has been working to better understand the ecological role that bats play, and the threats they face from climate change, habitat …
Sat., Nov. 21, 2015, 12:06 p.m.
Local scientists ponder bat migration mystery
Despite advances in GPS monitoring and technology, Washington researchers still have a world of information to discover about bats, including where they go during winter.
Sun., Aug. 16, 2015
Out & About: Chronic Wasting Disease’s gradual spread worries wildlife biologists
OUTLOOK – As Chronic Wasting Disease, a fatal and contagious disease that can spread slowly among a deer or elk herd, is discovered in more whitetails in Missouri, wildlife biologists …
Thu., July 23, 2015
Trail cameras provide deeper insight into wildlife habits
A remote trail-cam photo is worth a thousand words about the wildlife we don’t see while recreating in the great outdoors. A group of female hikers triggered a motion-activated sensor …
Sun., July 5, 2015
Scat-sniffing dogs unleashing wildlife science
Poop-sniffing dogs could help unlock many mysteries about wolves and their role in the ecosystem. And the dogs could be key to getting the public to understand the science involved, …
Thu., Dec. 4, 2014
Wolf kills increase livestock deaths, WSU study says
Rob Wielgus noticed something interesting when he studied reports of wolf attacks on sheep and cattle in the Northern Rockies. Killing wolves to reduce livestock predation actually led to more …
Wed., Dec. 3, 2014, 11:08 a.m.
Killing wolves to protect livestock doesn’t work in long run, WSU study says
Rob Wielgus noticed something interesting when he studied reports of wolf attacks on sheep and cattle in the Northern Rockies. When wolves were killed to reduce livestock predation, the number …
Sun., Nov. 16, 2014
Moths high in grizzly bear’s food pyramid
Big bears have a taste for small bugs in the Rockies, scientists say. More grizzly bears are congregating each summer on steep rocky slopes in search of army cutworm moths …
Sun., Oct. 19, 2014, 6:58 a.m.
Wild moose chase: Researchers tracking 25 collared moose in NE Washington
James Goerz was so close he could hear her chewing as she browsed. It seemed impossible that he couldn’t put his eyes on the moose, the largest member of the …
Thu., June 19, 2014
Researchers are setting snares in the Hughes Meadows area north of Priest Lake this month in an ongoing effort to capture grizzly bears and fit them with radio collars. As …
Sun., June 1, 2014
Idaho Department of Fish and Game defends handling, collaring wolf pups
Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials say the value of the information gained about wolf pup behavior and survival is worth the slight risk that accompanies handling and collaring …
Sun., June 1, 2014
Idaho biologists find, monitor wolf pups
The wolf pup had downy fur and a chubby little belly. But as it bolted from the den, it already showed signs of an adult wolf’s fleetness. Lacy Robinson was …
Thu., May 29, 2014
Rich Landers: An issue of prey, not the endangered predator
Wildlife managers are tiptoeing through the recovery of gray wolves in Washington. Some special-interest groups are entrenched poles apart, with livestock growers and hunters who have the most to lose …
Thu., April 17, 2014
A few special birds lend a wing in golden eagle preservation
Golden eagles – including one that wore a “backpack” for eight years – are carrying their weight in research that could help curb their gradual decline. Data from an Eastern …
Wed., March 5, 2014
Idaho biologist develops way to track wolf pup survival rate
Lacy Robinson needed to know how many North Idaho wolf pups survived their first year. Not an easy task, the state wildlife biologist soon realized. Most wolf pups looked alike …
Sun., Feb. 9, 2014
Watters’ wolverine research leads to Mongolia
She was told not to get her hopes up, that some people had worked on wolverine studies for 20 years and never seen one of the creatures in the wild. …
Sun., Aug. 25, 2013
Researcher cited for hand-feeding bears
A Minnesota bear researcher with a following of admirers is generating controversy and legal action for his practice of hand-feeding wild bears. The Department of Natural Resources is in court …
Sun., Feb. 24, 2013
Idaho researchers tap citizen scientists to survey rare creatures
Researchers are putting the spotlight on reclusive creatures in the Inland Northwest, ranging from slugs and frogs to lynx and wolverines. How climate change and other modern threats will impact …
Thu., Jan. 3, 2013
Wolf makes California his home
Like many out-of-state visitors, the lone gray wolf that trotted across the border from Oregon has taken a liking to California. He went back and forth between the two states …
Sat., Sept. 22, 2012
State aims to kill elusive wolf pack
A wolf pack that acquired a taste for cattle in northern Stevens County this summer is being targeted for elimination, Washington officials announced Friday. “The Wedge Pack has turned to …
Wed., Aug. 8, 2012, 12:43 a.m.
Official kills wolf associated with attacks on cattle
Washington officials use authority to kill protected wolves after documenting one pack’s pattern of attacking livestock near Laurier.
Sun., June 19, 2011
Field reports: Local geese herded for population study
WILDLIFE – Biologists and volunteers herd Canada geese into pens and clamped leg bands on about 1,000 young birds in Eastern Washington in the past week for a Washington Fish …
Sun., April 10, 2011, 7:25 a.m.
Researcher explains threats to wolverine in its remote range
Perhaps the only critter at top of the food chain that’s rarer and more set apart than a wolverine is the wolverine researcher. “Worldwide, maybe a dozen people are working …