Stories tagged: wildlife
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 2, 2015, 11:08 p.m.
Viral disease killing hundreds of deer in the region
A drought-stoked outbreak of viral disease first detected in August is killing hundreds deer from the Colville area south to the Lewiston region, wildlife biologists from Washington and Idaho say.
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 2, 2015, 9:26 p.m.
Madsen: Relationships are key to effective habitat protection
Building relationships is key to effective habitat protection.
Thu., Oct. 1, 2015, midnight
In Brief: Sight-in days at Spokane Rifle Club
HUNTING – Hunters can zero-in their rifles before the general hunting seasons at the annual Sight-In Days at the Spokane Rifle Club. Club facilities along the Spokane River downstream from …
UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 1, 2015, midnight
Grizzly captured, collared in Montana killed by hunter in Idaho
A Montana grizzly bear caught, radio-collared and released by researchers near Idaho on Aug. 4 has been shot and killed by a hunter near Wallace.
Sun., Sept. 20, 2015, 8:57 a.m.
Options considered for aggressive Scotchman Peak mountain goats
When the closure of Trail 65 is eventually lifted and hikers are allowed on Scotchman Peak, they might find the North Idaho mountain’s iconic mountain goats wearing colored ear tags. …
Sat., Sept. 12, 2015, midnight
Scotchman Peak hiking trail closed due to aggressive goats
The popular trail to the summit of Scotchman Peak north of Clark Fork, Idaho, has been closed temporarily because of recent incidents with aggressive mountain goats, the Idaho Panhandle National …
Sat., Sept. 12, 2015, midnight
Idaho officials plan to trap, relocate errant grizzly bear
A Montana grizzly bear that had been trapped, collared for research and released northwest of Noxon has wandered to the Coeur d’Alene River area north of Interstate 90, where Idaho …
Fri., Sept. 11, 2015, 10:14 a.m.
Officials trying to recapture Montana grizzly bear sighted along Coeur d’Alene River
Idaho wildlife officials are trying to recapture and relocate a Montana grizzly bear that has wandered into the Coeur d’Alene River area near Kingston where it’s been sighted several times …
Sat., Aug. 29, 2015, midnight
Kootenai Tribe takes on caribou recovery
The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho is stepping up efforts to save the last wild caribou herd in the Lower 48 states. The tribe has contracted with the U.S. Fish and …
Thu., Aug. 27, 2015, 7:18 a.m.
Drought, wildfires combine to impact region’s wildlife
Are the region’s wildfires cooking wildlife? Generally no, wildlife biologists say. Rather than perish in the flames, critters are more likely to starve later if a harsh winter compounds the …
Sun., Aug. 9, 2015, midnight
Jess and Allison Roskelley take their grandpas’ fishing gear on honeymoon
OUTLAST – The late Fenton Roskelley, Spokane newspaper outdoors writer for 45 years, would be floating higher than a freshly treated dry fly to learn that his rods, reels and …
Sat., Aug. 8, 2015, midnight
Groups urge McMorris Rodgers to protect conservation funding method
For the past 50 years, oil and gas companies involved in offshore drilling have paid into a fund that has provided protection for the basalt formations in Riverside State Park, …
Thu., July 23, 2015, midnight
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 19, 2015, midnight
People pose threat to Cabinets bears
There’s good news and bad news for the remote population of grizzly bears in the Cabinet-Yaak Mountains of northwest Montana. Although their numbers are climbing out of the “negative territory” …
Sun., July 19, 2015, midnight
Following guidelines for camping in grizzly country can prevent trouble for everyone, including the bears. A Spokane man experienced a good case in point last summer while backpacking in Glacier …
Thu., July 9, 2015, midnight
The National Park Service has made significant changes to visitor’s center in Yellowstone
In a place where he used to stab tourists, their vehicles and even a park ranger with his antlers during the fall rut, bull elk No. 6 has been somewhat …
Sun., July 5, 2015, midnight
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., July 2, 2015, 5:22 a.m.
Poop-sniffing dogs work for wildlife researchers
Shelter dogs too intense or feisty to be adopted are helping wildlife scientists by doing what comes naturally – running through the woods and sniffing for the poop of other …
Thu., June 25, 2015, midnight
Coeur d’Alene Lake cruise follows biologists researching nesting ospreys
The popular annual Osprey Boat Cruise that follows biologists checking nests and banding young “fish hawks” of the year is set for 9 a.m. on July 11. Reserve a seat …
Sun., June 21, 2015, midnight
Water management affects every living thing
California is dominating the headlines in this year’s drought, but other western states, including Washington, also have costly major ongoing issues with water management. Everyone’s affected in one way or …
Thu., June 11, 2015, 7:14 a.m.
Private, public partnerships preserve sage lands for Washington’s endangered pygmy rabbits
The 17 wild-bred pygmy rabbits released in a sagebrush draw last Thursday brought more than 15 years of land deals into focus, said Robin Stanton of The Nature Conservancy. “To …
Thu., June 11, 2015, midnight
Special I-90 overpass will help animals cross safely
SEATTLE – Interstate 90 is a lifeline for the Northwest, connecting people and economies across the Cascades and linking the region to the rest of the country. For wildlife, though, …
Fri., May 29, 2015, midnight
Sage grouse rules would affect 10 states
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Interior Secretary Sally Jewell revealed plans Thursday to preserve habitat in 10 Western states for an imperiled ground-dwelling bird, the federal government’s biggest land-planning effort to date …
Thu., May 28, 2015, midnight
Photo: Haystacks at the beach
Olympic features: Hikers explore drift wood and rock “haystacks,” two of the signature attractions at Ruby Beach on the Olympic Peninsula south of Forks, Washington, in mid-May, 2015. The beach …
Thu., May 14, 2015, midnight
Landers driven to defend walk-in status for lake
A zigzagging sliver of water in the scablands southwest of Davenport is a model of rare opportunity for the muscle-powered sportsman. Z Lake isn’t named on government maps. It isn’t …
Wed., April 29, 2015, midnight
Wildlife officials kill black bear in Five Mile area
A black bear that had been causing problems for three weeks in backyards and garbage bins in the Five Mile area was killed by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife …
Sun., April 19, 2015, 8:52 a.m.
Not too late to build nest boxes to welcome families of cavity-nesting birds
Although the nesting season for some birds such as geese and owls has been under way for more than a month, some species are still searching for sites to raise …
Thu., April 16, 2015, midnight
Landers: Turkey hunter sometimes eats crow
I had a rafter of wild turkeys scoped out late Tuesday afternoon just 12 hours before the opening of the spring gobbler hunting season. The situation was right out of …
Thu., April 2, 2015, midnight
County to buy parcel adjacent to Riverside State Park
Gary Trautman took a break from cleaning his late father’s ranch near Nine Mile Falls on Tuesday to watch the wind twirl wheels on a weather vane fixed to a …
Sun., March 29, 2015, midnight
Out & About: Film on Oregon wolf’s journey screening at The Bing
OUTROAM – A documentary about a radio-collared gray wolf that captured international attention as it roamed for years from Oregon into California and back will screen in Spokane Friday and …