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  • Out & About in 2010

    A few months after the poorly-attended late-winter Great Western Sportfishing Show closed at the Spokane Convention Center, promoters announced they would not be returning to Spokane, ending a three-year run. …


  • Reminder: Don’t feed wildlife, enjoy them from afar

    The view from my office window is almost always entertaining. We have bird feeders nearby that are busy all the time. There is a major deer trail that runs through …


  • Stay loose if moose move in

    Winter weather is tempting moose to wander into towns and neighborhoods to nibble tender landscaping plants. In most cases, Idaho Fish and Game Department officers recommend giving the moose a …


  • The eagles are landing – for lunch

    It’s 7 a.m., and six bald eagles are circling over Wolf Lodge Bay. In the weak winter light, the snowy landscape has the starkness of a black-and-white photograph. The eagles …


  • Idaho parks e-mails concern Feds

    BOISE – An e-mail exchange between state and federal officials that emerged publicly Wednesday highlights how motorized recreation and wildlife advocates are jockeying for influence in the debate over how …


  • Pneumonia chips away at bighorns

    Pneumonia continues to bedevil Montana’s bighorn sheep, with a herd near Anaconda becoming the latest victim of the epidemic. More than 300 wild bighorns lived in a 133-square-mile area of …


  • Our furry friends cherish lazy raking

    Clean is mean when it comes to wildlife. Critter lovers have learned to restrain themselves during fall as they keep pace with the neighbors out raking lawns, flowerbeds and gardens.


  • Killer Olympic goat had history of aggression

    A mountain goat that fatally gored a hiker, then stood over the man and stared at people trying to help, had shown aggressive behavior in the past, Olympic National Park …


  • Bear mauling victim leaving Seattle hospital

    The man mauled by a bear near Lake Wenatchee has recovered enough to leave a Seattle hospital.


  • Bellevue bear-mauling victim describes ordeal

    Bellevue City Councilman John Chelminiak says he wouldn’t let the bear keep him on the ground when he was attacked near his vacation cabin at Lake Wenatchee.


  • Wetland project a boon for birds along Coeur d’Alene River

    Tundra swans that stop to feed in Mike Schlepp’s wetlands won’t end up with gullets full of lead. Since 2007, the federal government has worked to transform 400 acres of …


  • WSU grizzly dies in attack by older bears

    A two-year old grizzly bear was mauled to death by two older bears in an abnormal altercation Tuesday afternoon at the Washington State University Bear Center, according to a news …


  • Sockeye to swim into Redfish Lake under own power

    Enough endangered sockeye salmon are returning to central Idaho this year that some will be allowed to swim the final few hundred yards into Redfish Lake under their own power, …


  • Killer grizzly’s cubs settling into Montana zoo

    Three grizzly cubs that were removed from the wild after their mother mauled three campers appear to be warming up to their new home in a Montana zoo.


  • Warming adds to marmots’ mealtime

    LOS ANGELES – Every year, scientists fan out across Colorado’s Upper East River Valley to count the yellow-bellied marmots that make their home there in rocky meadows bordered by aspen, …


  • Game wardens kill black bear that injured camper

    Montana wildlife officials say game wardens have killed a black bear that injured a man when it bit through his tent at a primitive campsite in the Lolo National Forest …


  • Digging for key to burrowing owl decline

    Experts from across the U.S. attending the burrowing owl symposium last month in Umatilla, Ore., may have outnumbered the species’ dwindling population in the Mid-Columbia. Thirty-five wildlife specialists concerned about …


  • Lethal week for Montana wolves

    Fifteen gray wolves from five different packs were killed in Montana for preying on livestock between May 17 and May 21, making it one of the deadliest five-day stretches in …


  • Biologists raise owls by the barrel

    Artificial burrows might help turn the tide on declining burrowing owl numbers in Washington Volunteers are helping state and federal biologists encourage more of the owls to nest by expanding …


  • Luck of draw not always good fortune

    The costs could be high for new options in Washington and Montana that allow hunters to submit multiple applications for big-game hunting permits. Savings accounts could take a beating. Ditto …


  • Retired physician honored for grousing around scablands

    A Spokane woman is honored to be following the reintroduction of sage grouse in Lincoln County. Kim Thorburn of Spokane has been named the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department’s Volunteer …


  • Field reports: Boat stations target invasives

    BOATING – North Idaho boat inspection stations will open Thursday to help protect waters of Pend Oreille and Priest watersheds from aquatic invasive species. Idaho law requires all watercraft, including …


  • Loon’s death leaves Ferry County lakeside quiet

    The shooting of a nesting female loon in Ferry County around May 9 is the latest tragedy pegging northeastern Washington as a foul place for rare fowl. Washington Department of …


  • Leggy killdeer somehow survive in high-traffic areas

    In a natural area, killdeer lay their eggs in a slight depression of gravel, perhaps near a stream. But these prairie-loving shorebirds are remarkably adaptable to rearing young among the …


  • Turkey hunts have drawn a crowd

    Either this has been my best wild turkey hunting season, or it’s been a bust. I went into the season on a note higher than a hot hen’s yelp. A …


  • Wildlife area grazing halts

    Grazing will not occur on the Asotin Wildlife Area this season in the wake of a Thurston County Superior Court judge upholding a lawsuit filed by environmental groups challenging the …


  • A tough sell

    Several families with farms south of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge are upset with a long-term state plan to preserve a corridor of wildlife habitat stretching from Chapman Lake south around …


  • Wildlife Council offers pheasant chicks

    OUTDO –The Inland Northwest Wildlife Council will be distributing hen pheasant chicks to people who have facilities to raise 25 or more birds for 8-10 weeks before releasing them into …


  • Field reports: Elk Foundation boosts state habitat

    CONSERVATION – Wildlife conservation projects in 17 Washington counties have been selected to receive grants totaling $186,270 from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation this year. Asotin, Chelan, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, …


  • Feds consider adding wolverines to endangered list

    Federal officials will try to determine how prevalent wolverines are across the West to decide whether they should be added to the endangered species list.

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