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  • Landers: Outdoors issues hot topic in Olympia

    Issues from the great outdoors are trying to see the light of day in the 2013 Washington Legislature. Wolf reintroduction and the cash-poor state parks are issues likely to generate …


  • Landers: Outdoors issues hot topic in Olympia

    Issues from the great outdoors are trying to see the light of day in the 2013 Washington Legislature. Wolf reintroduction and the cash-poor state parks are issues likely to generate …


  • Technology, volunteers boost northeastern Washington whitetail study

    An ambitious research project is under way to shed light on the mysterious movements of white-tailed deer through the thick cover of northeastern Washington. The study area in Stevens, Pend …


  • Landers: Bird watching an activity worth feeding - responsibly

    “It’s the best Christmas present we could have given her,” said my wife, Meredith, after finishing a phone call with her mother. One 40-pound bag of black-oil sunflower seeds and …


  • Landers: Feeding birds a delight when done properly

    “It’s the best Christmas present we could have given her,” my wife, Meredith, said after finishing a phone call with her mother.


  • Landers column goes hog wild

    Human beings would have gone the way of the dodo without critters. Along with suffering through evolution shivering, starving and lonesome, we also would have been at a loss for …


  • Landers goes hog wild with column

    Animal-based phrases are rooted in our language. They have become clichés hawk-eyed editors delete. Nevertheless, the public continues to pass them through the generations.


  • Out & About: 238 bird species tallied in Spokane County ‘Big Year’

    OUTCOUNT – Unless there’s a stray report still to come in, Inland Northwest Birders and Spokane Audubon tallied 238 species in their 2012 Spokane County “Big Year” effort to spot …


  • Once-endangered eagles make spectacular comeback

    Over the years I have told many stories about the wildlife we share our property with in the Spokane Valley. Well, we added another critter to the list a couple …


  • Rotting whale casts foul stench into Malibu

    MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — A dead whale rotting near the Malibu homes of Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan and other celebrities is causing a gigantic cleanup problem as authorities try to …


  • Grizzly managers look toward bear hunts in Rockies

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Trophy grizzly bear hunts are under consideration for the Northern Rockies in the surest sign yet that more than 30 years of federal protection for the …


  • Grizzly managers look toward hunts in Rockies

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — With bear-human conflicts on the rise, wildlife managers in the Northern Rockies are laying the groundwork for trophy hunts for grizzlies in anticipation of the government …


  • Audubon Clubs invite birders to join Christmas Bird Counts

    Small groups of bird watchers heading out locally this month for the 113th annual Christmas Bird Count are helping plot what appear to be significant global trends. For example, surveys …


  • GOP blocks bill to give hunters more land access

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A wide-ranging bill to give hunters and fishermen more access to public lands stalled in the Senate Monday after Republicans said it spends too much money. Republicans …


  • Bill to give hunters, fishermen more land access

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sportsmen might soon have more access to federal lands and be able to bring home as trophies 41 polar bears killed in Canada before the government started …


  • Rise in deer-car collisions concerns Idaho officials

    More than 5,000 deer, elk and moose were killed by cars on Idaho’s roads last year, a number so high that Fish and Game officials are worried about impacts on …


  • Idaho falconers channel history, hunt with raptors

    KUNA, Idaho (AP) — Gary Moon releases “Laser,” his young prairie falcon, as the sun’s first rays set southern Idaho’s desert horizon ablaze. The two-pound female, a tiny radio transmitter …


  • Landers: Private land hunting can be special

    More people would hunt if they knew they had a place. I understand this limitation, having lost access to fabulous hunting over the years as farms changed hands.


  • Eagles soar over Wolf Lodge Bay

    Bald eagles are congregating earlier and in larger numbers than last year for their annual feast of spawning kokanee at Lake Coeur d’Alene. Carrie Hugo, wildlife biologist with the U.S. …


  • Landers: Buyers beware when booking for big-game hunt

    A Spokane-area man is providing a classic example of why sportsmen should do their homework before paying an outfitter big bucks for a big-game hunt. Sean Siegel said he’s been …


  • Landers: Check outfitters before trying one on

    A Spokane-area man is providing a classic example of why sportsmen should do their homework before paying an outfitter big bucks for a big-game hunt.


  • Outdoorsmen see rise in elk hoof rot

    Bill Sullivan’s hunting party has taken about 10 elk in the past decade in Western Washington. Nine of them suffered from hoof rot, he told Department of Fish and Wildlife …


  • DA: Grand jury to consider Texas chopper shooting

    McALLEN, Texas (AP) — A grand jury will consider the case of two Guatemalan immigrants killed when a Texas state trooper in a helicopter opened fire to stop a tarp-covered …


  • Man with bionic leg to climb Chicago skyscraper

    CHICAGO (AP) — Zac Vawter considers himself a test pilot. After losing his right leg in a motorcycle accident, the 31-year-old software engineer signed up to become a research subject, …


  • Out & About: Habitat reason cited for ‘no’ on HJR 2aa

    OUTVOTE – Groups opposed to the use of traps have been the most vocal opposition to the proposed Idaho constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would add protections to …


  • Trooper fired from chopper to stop truck, kills 2

    LA JOYA, Texas (AP) — A Texas state trooper who fired on a pickup truck from a helicopter and killed two illegal immigrants during a chase through the desert was …


  • Trooper fired from helicopter to disable pickup

    LA JOYA, Texas (AP) — A Texas state trooper who fired on a pickup truck from a helicopter during a deadly chase through the desert was trying to disable the …


  • Groups win challenge to gene-altered crops

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge sided on Tuesday with environmental groups that challenged the planting of genetically-modified crops on National Wildlife Refuges in the South. U.S. District Judge James …


  • Voice software helps study of rare Yosemite owls

    YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — In the bird world, they make endangered condors seem almost commonplace. The unique Great Gray Owls of Yosemite, left to evolve after glacial ice …


  • Wis. wolf hunt begins; groups file intent to sue

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s first organized wolf hunt got under way Monday even as animal welfare advocates demanded federal officials return Great Lake wolves to the endangered species list. …


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