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  • Gov’t to allow Indians to possess eagle feathers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Friday it is going to allow members of federally recognized Indian tribes to possess eagle feathers, although that’s a federal crime. This is …


  • Hunters ready for 1st wolf hunts in Wis., Minn.

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — For years, vacationers and farmers across northern Wisconsin and Minnesota have heard the eerie howl of the gray wolf and fretted the creatures were lurking around …


  • Out & About: Three of five cygnets survive at Turnbull

    OUTTRUMPET – A young trumpeter swan was found dead on an island at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge last week with no cause of death evident. The carcass has been sent …


  • North Idaho’s cow elk season eliminated

    The 2012 season will go down in history as the first year the Idaho Panhandle has not offered a general antlerless elk hunt somewhere in the region. Even bowhunters are …


  • Fires char BLM areas, Joseph Creek

    Wild fires have blackened the prospects for hunting this season in specific areas of Washington and Idaho. Weeks of rainless hot weather in August and September forced state and federal …


  • Cast and blast: Hunters shouldn’t spare the fishing rod

    Diversified sportsmen can be conflicted during fall hunting season, since it’s also one of the best times for fishing. Tuna are migrating past the Washington Coast. Salmon are streaming into …


  • In brief: Disabled hunters sign up for access

    ACCESS – Qualified applicants have until Sunday to sign up in a drawing for special access to hunting areas through the Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District’s Hunters with Disabilities Program. …


  • Ups and downs for Eastern Washington elk hunters

    Northeastern Washington has gained stature among elk hunters in recent years, with the 2011 elk harvest exceeding the general season take in the fabled Blue Mountains. But that’s likely to …


  • Region’s waterfowl hunters gearing up for record year

    Prospects are ducky for waterfowlers across North America this season. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service preliminary report on North American breeding ducks estimates a record population of 48.6 million, …


  • Idaho delays opening of duck season

    While duck and goose populations are in good shape for Inland Northwest hunters this season, Idaho Panhandle waterfowlers will have to wait an extra week for opening day. Both the …


  • Rules of the off-road for hunters on OHVs

    ATVs can drive public land managers crazy during hunting season. “We are most concerned with instances where a hunter drives off trail to scout for game or retrieve game,” said …


  • Some hunters barred from new wildlife area

    An Asotin County ranch purchased by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife last winter is open to public walk-in access this year with the exception of some big-game hunters. …


  • Idaho, Montana have surplus of tags for nonresidents

    Idaho and Montana still have an unusually good supply of nonresident big-game tags available for the 2012 seasons. Sales of nonresident deer and elk tags have steadily declined in each …


  • Details dictate hunts for East Side deer

    Eastern Washington hunters should find decent numbers of deer in the fields and forests this fall, according to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reports. However, pay attention to the …


  • Idaho sees gain in yearling bucks

    Deer hunters should find improved hunting for mule deer in their Idaho strongholds this year, but the pendulum is swing- ing in favor of whitetails. The 2011 harvest of white-tailed …


  • Parks Service defends refusal to use wolves

    DENVER (AP) — The National Park Service acted properly when it ruled out using wolves to control the elk population in Rocky Mountain National Park, government lawyers argued Thursday before …


  • Burned bear cub moved to Idaho wildlife sanctuary

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A bear cub rescued from a fire in the Idaho backcountry after suffering second-degree burns on all four of its paws has been moved to a …


  • First Calif. otter to survive oil spill has a pup

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Just three years after she was found covered in oil and near death, a California sea otter called Olive is a new mom — another milestone …


  • Michael J. Fox participates in 9/11 charity event

    NEW YORK (AP) — Michael J. Fox did his part to make the anniversary of 9/11 about helping others. The actor spent Tuesday participating in Cantor Fitzgerald’s Charity Day, along …


  • Naomi Wolf pens paean to good sex

    “Vagina: A New Biography” (Ecco), by Naomi Wolf We have a pinched nerve to thank for the latest book from Naomi Wolf, author of the best-selling “The Beauty Myth,” about …


  • Shark expert Ron Taylor dies; helped make ‘Jaws’

    SYDNEY (AP) — Ron Taylor, a beloved Australian marine conservationist who helped film some of the terrifying underwater footage used in the classic shark thriller “Jaws,” has died after a …


  • 3rd hantavirus death linked to Yosemite outbreak

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginian is the third person to die so far from a rodent-borne illness linked to some tent cabins at Yosemite National Park that has …


  • W.Va. health officials report hantavirus death

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Health officials say a West Virginia resident has died from the outbreak of a rodent-borne illness linked to Yosemite National Park. Kanawha-Charleston Health Department director Dr. …


  • 7-year-old Colo. girl recovers from bubonic plague

    DENVER (AP) — The parents of 7-year-old Sierra Jane Downing thought she had the flu when she felt sick days after camping in southwest Colorado. It wasn’t until she had …


  • Federal government ending Wyoming wolf protections

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The federal government will end its protections for wolves in Wyoming, where the species was introduced two decades ago to revive it from near extinction in …


  • Up to 10,000 Yosemite visitors at risk of virus

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Up to 10,000 people who were guests in certain lodging cabins at Yosemite National Park might have been exposed to a deadly mouse-borne virus, park officials …


  • APNewsBreak: Sick cows not slaughtered for food

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Federal investigators probing a slaughterhouse after an undercover video showed inhumane treatment of cows said Friday that there is no evidence that sick animals entered the …


  • Thousands call Yosemite hotline to ask about virus

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — More than 1,000 calls a day are coming into Yosemite National Park as visitors frightened about a growing outbreak of a deadly mouse-borne virus flood phone …


  • Basics about hantavirus outbreak in Yosemite

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Answers to common questions about mice and the hantavirus linked to death of 2 people who visited Yosemite National Park: ___


  • 2 more Yosemite visitors have mouse-borne virus

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Two more Yosemite National Park visitors have been found with a mouse-borne virus blamed for the deaths of two people, bringing the total number of infections …


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