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  • In the end, animals sometimes will meet theirs because of us

    Animals would die even if this were a perfect world. Maybe it’s different on some other planet, but not on this one. Wild creatures die by design, if not by …


  • Grizzly bear group to study mortalities

    BOZEMAN – A significant rise in the number of grizzly bear deaths last year will be a principal topic when bear managers from around the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem gather next …


  • Live webcams focus on live action of eagles rearing their eaglets

    Internet surfers around the world are flocking to the Hancock Wildlife Foundation Web site to watch live video of a pair of bald eagles rearing their young in a nest …


  • BACK HOME

    Considering what sage grouse have suffered in the past 200 years, the most recent ordeal was a joyride. The indignity lasted only about 26 hours.


  • Translocating sage grouse wild, sleepless trip for volunteers

    Volunteering to translocate sage grouse is no vacation. “I’d forgotten what a hangover felt like, but now I remember,” said Richard Rivers, one of six Spokane chapter members of the …


  • Big-game harassment by antler gatherers increasing

    Big-game hunting seasons are closed, but overzealous people scavenging for shed antlers may be harassing elk to death, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department biologists say. Elk weakened by another tough …


  • Spring in the air, and in your hair

    Birds, bears, buttercups and ticks – our region’s perennial signs of spring are out and about, along with a lot of people recovering from cabin fever. While fly fishers are …


  • Washington wolves protected

    The recently announced removal of the gray wolf from federal “endangered” status included wolves found in the eastern two-thirds of Washington. However, Washington still lists the wolf as endangered. Therefore, …


  • Ticks ready to feast

    Ticks are becoming active in areas around Spokane. Check yourself and your pet after being out. Ticks usually probe around a potential host for a few hours before choosing a …


  • Bears dogged in King County

    Three Karelian bear dogs are being employed by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department this year to help deal with bear problems, primarily in eastern King County. The medium-size, Finnish …


  • Officials look into gray wolf killing

    SEATTLE – Washington state and federal wildlife officers are investigating the illegal killing of a protected gray wolf in Okanogan County in north-central Washington. The investigation began when a shipper …


  • Promoting cavities

    House hunting is entering its seasonal boom in the Inland Northwest, and savvy birding enthusiasts are working to improve the market. As more of the region’s land is developed and …


  • Solo’s saga detailed

    With thousands of tundra swans flooding through the region on their spring migration, a birdwatching spotlight still shines on a single endangered trumpeter swan that’s become an icon at Turnbull …


  • Show becomes can’t-miss affair

    The Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show has a way of hooking people – and we’re not just talking about the occasional snag in the seat of the pants at the …


  • Seeds of change

    OMAHA, Neb. — People who feed birds have been getting their pockets pecked. Birdseed prices have been fluctuating for months, and the cost of a premium seed imported from India …


  • Hoh my! First steelhead a trophy

    Peter Harrison is one of those people who does things in a big way: His first steelhead appears to be a world record. The Port Townsend angler was fly-fishing in …


  • Big Horn Show starts Thursday

    The live bears, hungry trout and leaping retrievers moving into the Spokane Fair and Expo Center this week will be just a fraction of the attractions at the Big Horn …


  • Out & About

    OUTCLASS Lanting to focus on nature photos


  • Turnbull trumpets return of senior swan

    Solo is back. The elegant trumpeter swan is likely the elder seasonal wildlife resident at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, and one of the oldest documented anywhere among his endangered species.


  • Swan route

    The spring migration of tundra swans through the Inland Northwest is imminent, and tourism officials in Pend Oreille County planning a tour to share the spectacle of the swans’ annual …


  • Moose on loose can be dangerous

    It was a cheerless moment we eventually must expect here in the Near Nature, Near Perfect Spokane River valley. A moose was accidentally killed Tuesday afternoon as state wildlife officials …


  • Hazing attempt kills moose in Liberty Lake

    A moose was accidentally killed Tuesday afternoon as state wildlife officials tried to haze a cow and calf away from a children’s day care center in Liberty Lake.


  • Out & About

    OUTFIELD


  • Fish-Wildlife Commission chair still learning despite multiple degrees

    NASELLE, Wash. – Meet Miranda Wecker, environmental lawyer, spartina eradication expert, enthusiastic mountain biker and skier – and new chair of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. Six weeks into …


  • Nothing humane about it

    Second to Bernie Madoff, perhaps, animal rights groups are among the biggest shams in America. These predators know that nothing milks the hearts and checkbooks of good-hearted people more effectively …


  • Moose cause more concern

    Washington Fish and Wildlife Department staffers have a big issue on their hands with moose – tons of them – making themselves home among city and suburban neighborhoods. Conservation officers …


  • Hungry deer show appetite for research

    A few mule deer in Riverside State Park learned Saturday morning that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Some 75 deer have been lured to a small area …


  • Notorious park elk falls, dies

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. – His name was just a numeral, yet he had legions of human admirers and few rivals among his own species. Mighty bull elk No. 6 died earlier …


  • Yakima deer plagued by lice

    Washington wildlife officials estimate about 50 percent of the deer population in two central Washington counties has been lost since 2004, and while all the causes aren’t known, at least …

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