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  • 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.


  • Sprague’s west end restricted

    Anglers will have new rules to observe after May 1 as they pursue the still-developing fishery at Sprague Lake. Surviving rainbow trout stocked after the 2007 lake rehabilitation have grown …


  • Spring bear hunters a special breed

    While most big-game hunters are prowling their permit applications, a hardy few are in the field. They’re out for bear, the region’s only big-game animal that has both a fall …


  • Wild turkeys stand out as weather survivors

    Wild turkeys are the comeback champions in the Inland Northwest. While two tough winters and springs previous to this year hammered the region’s popular hunting species – including deer, elk, …


  • Field reports: Wallowa anglers net record kokanee

    FISHING – Northeastern Oregon’s Wallowa Lake is producing state-record kokanee of saltwater proportions. Wan Teece of Enterprise, Ore., caught a 26.25-inch long kokanee weighing 8.23 pounds on March 24.


  • Hikers start low for spring high in Blues

    Streams are magnets for spring hiking. From the maze of trails in Riverside State Park along the Spokane River to a wilderness experience along the Wenaha River near Troy, Ore., …


  • Kids’ Fish-In at Clear Lake

    OUTCAST – An annual spring fishing event for kids is set for May 1 at Clear Lake in Spokane County. For $5, kids age 5-14 will get a T-shirt plus …


  • Farmers deserve help with critters

    Running a soup kitchen for wildlife is a cost of doing business for farmers and ranchers. But the charitable feeling deteriorates when critters gang up on a place.


  • Birds staking claims on prime Turnbull territory

    At the edge of Winslow Pond, Mike Rule identified bird chatter rising from one of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge’s many wetlands. A female mallard quacked garrulously, while red-winged blackbirds vocalized …


  • Wolverine’s long journey tracked

    TWISP, Wash. – The latest capture in the North Cascades’ first wolverine study has embarked on a journey that is surprising even the wildlife biologists who are studying her. Trapped …


  • Albino skunk stirs memories

    The 1953 archive photo of a white skunk published with a Critter Watch column on March 14 hit home with local reader Priscilla Brash Martin. “What a surprise to see …


  • Wolf stars fade

    After a somewhat dominating 14-year reign in the northwestern corner of Yellowstone National Park, one of the park’s most-prolific and most-viewed gray wolf packs in the world may have perished. …


  • Out & About

    Spring forest burns boosts wildlife OUTFIELD – Many national forests are announcing they will be conducting “controlled burns” in the next few weeks while forests are just dry enough to …


  • Wildlife lovers use ears, eyes

    The first wildlife signs of spring aren’t just sights for winter-sore eyes. They’re comforting to the ears, too. Tina Wynecoop, who lives just north of Spokane, has been reveling in …


  • Tundra swans on migration make Inland Northwest stops

    Tundra swans are moving through the Inland Northwest on their annual migration from wintering grounds in the western U.S. to the marshes of western Alaska.


  • Record guns sales boost wildlife programs

    Wildlife agencies across the nation will reap some of the profits from record-setting gun sales that spiked from late 2008 and well into 2009 after Barack Obama’s nomination and election …


  • Winter wildlife in a family way

    January and February might seem to put a chill on love in the great outdoors, but winter clearly arouses interest among some critters. Great horned owls have been having a …


  • Yellowstone wolves decline in ’09

    PREDATORS – The number of wolves in Yellowstone National Park declined about 23 percent in 2009, a change park biologists say is typical of natural fluctuations for wildlife species. Yellowstone’s …


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  • The deer catcher

    Never mind that he’s 70. Jim Kujala is wired like a predator to head out at 10 p.m. or 3 a.m. or whenever his prey is at hand. Rivaling Noah …


  • Republic responds to deer problem

    Deer control in residential areas is controversial virtually anywhere it’s considered, and the Ferry County seat of Republic is no exception. “We got a few threats last year in the …


  • Hard times hit area bighorns

    Bighorn sheep, among the most prized big-game animals in the West, are being killed by the hundreds this winter in Western Montana in a desperate effort to contain a disease …


  • Three hurt in wildlife study copter crash

    Two Idaho state biologists and a private pilot were injured Friday when the helicopter they were in crashed in a remote forested area in the vicinity of the Clearwater River …


  • Birdwatchers unite to catch killer of rare trumpeter swan

    A wildlife murder mystery is unfolding in the Colville River Valley with possible links to one of the region’s remarkable romance stories. Local birdwatchers already have built a reward of …


  • Eagle watchers warned not to stop on roadway

    Idaho State Police are cautioning eagle watchers at Lake Coeur d’Alene not to stop in the middle of the roadway on state Highway 97, or they risk getting a ticket.


  • Senior moments: The year outdoors

    Spokane eventually climbed out of one of the snowiest winters on record in 2009. But the going was rough. A high toll of wildlife losses and roadkill littering the railways …


  • Bald eagle congregation peaking at Lake CdA

    Wolf Lodge Bay is alive with bald eagles that have migrated to the northeast corner of Lake Coeur d’Alene to feed on spawned-out and dying kokanee. U.S. Bureau of Land …


  • Grant to offset Antoine costs

    Spokane County has received a $1.6 million state grant to offset the costs of preserving Antoine Peak as a natural area just south of Spokane Valley. The grant was awarded …


  • Washington among states trying to curb bumper crop

    The rut is winding down, leaving motorists with one fewer reason for colliding with a deer, elk or moose on the highway. The annual fall mating season, which peaks in …

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