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  • High-tech birders may be foes of feathered friends

    Growing use of smartphone applications, field access to the Internet and recordings to flush out bird species for better viewing and photography could be impacting the survival of some birds. …


  • Landers: Fish and wildlife police bag multiple poachers

    Although sportsmen occasionally see them during the rare spot check of fishing or hunting licenses, Washington’s Fish and Wildlife Police do most of their work under our radar. The officers, …


  • Gray wolves go back to state control

    The Obama administration today announced it is lifting endangered species act protections for 5,500 gray wolves in eight states in the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes.


  • Giving critters a second chance

    The circle of life revolves around creatures dying so others can be nourished. But wildlife managers recognize that most people can’t ignore a critter in distress. This is where wildlife …


  • Bracing for the ‘baby season’

    Wildlife rehabilitators are bracing for their busiest and saddest time of year as wildlife enters the nesting, fawning and calving season. Many of the wild animals brought to wildlife rehabilitators …


  • Field reports: Audubon Society offers birding classes, trips

    WILDLIFE – Spokane Audubon members are offering several opportunities to learn more about birds and bird identification. • Birds of Eastern Washington, Thursday and Saturday, taught by SAS member Fran …


  • Researcher explains threats to wolverine in its remote range

    Perhaps the only critter at top of the food chain that’s rarer and more set apart than a wolverine is the wolverine researcher. “Worldwide, maybe a dozen people are working …


  • Hunters need repertoire for calling turkeys

    With the general spring gobbler hunting season opening Friday in Washington and Idaho, here are some timely tips on talking turkey from Matt Van Cise of Pennsylvania, a 2008 National …


  • Science project yields new data

    Riverside High School senior Erik Kemp wondered if baiting deer would change the animal’s behavior – a concern he’d heard from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. But no …


  • Swan’s long run at Turnbull Refuge ends on high note

    An elderly trumpeter swan that could teach sports teams a thing or two about commitment, determination and achievement has ended his long run at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. The swan …


  • Group pegs butterflies as cream of the state’s wildlife crop

    Swallowtails, fritillaries and checkerspots aren’t just a passing fancy to members of the Washington Butterfly Association. Cheerfully describing themselves as “birders gone bad,” they plan forays to spot species and …


  • Washington key to trumpeter swan comeback

    The number of trumpeter swans in Washington has grown in recent years after nearly going extinct. According to Seattle Audubon’s “Bird Web,” fewer than 100 trumpeter swans were alive south …


  • Long-time hunter ed instructors quit after state sides with parents

    The large-caliber hole punched in the Tri-Cities hunter education program this season is a shot to the comfort zone of the state’s volunteer instructors. Clare Cranston, 79, an instructor for …


  • Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program deserves Olympia’s attention

    Groups as diverse as elk hunters and bird watchers have found common ground on an issue simmering in Olympia. Unfortunately, Gov. Chris Gregoire and lawmakers are slower to recognize the …


  • Out & About: Art Wolfe to share photos at Whitworth

    Art Wolfe to share photos at Whitworth OUTSEE – Wildlife photographer and Public TV “Travels to the Edge” host Art Wolfe will give a lecture and slide show Tuesday, 7 …


  • Owls have a hoot making winter babies

    Several of the 11 owl species that inhabit most parts of Idaho and the region are already well into their courtship and production of a new generation, according to Jim …


  • Report spots national hunting, fishing trends

    The ebb and flow of hunting and fishing is detailed in a recently released federal report on statistics for those outdoor sports. For example: • The number of turkey hunters …


  • Out & About: Sky-high skiers fly at Schweitzer

    Sky-high skiers fly at Schweitzer What: Yoke’s Outrageous Air Show aerial ski-jumping exhibition ( vimeo.com/12585195), plus fireworks, music


  • Field reports: Wolverines, wolves, trout

    WILDLIFE – Researchers studying wolverines in the North Cascades have new hopes pinned on their latest catch – Mattie. The young female may be pregnant, and if she is, she …


  • Wenatchee man captures eight cougars in one photo

    A Wenatchee hunter has a right to be proud for his photo showing a pride of mountain lions on the Douglas County ranch where he has permission to hunt. The …


  • Detective charged with obstructing state wildlife officer

    A Spokane Police detective has been placed on administrative leave after he was charged with obstructing a Fish and Wildlife law enforcement officer. Detective Jeff Harvey, 46, who is vice …


  • Some male critters feeling light-headed

    It’s the shedding season for the area’s deer, elk and moose. Even the biggest bucks and bulls have been getting rid of their head-gear and looking a lot like the …


  • Pronghorns released for new start on Yakama Indian Reservation

    Pronghorns are reasserting themselves as the fastest land mammals in Washington, thanks to a sportsmen’s group that joined with the Yakama Nation for an end run around state bureaucracy and …


  • Pronghorn quiz

    Pronghorn quiz


  • Game officials take aim at dense moose populations

    A moose wandered into a backyard near the Fernan Lake boat launch, lured by a tempting array of ornamental plants. Both the homeowner and Kootenai County sheriff’s deputies tried to …


  • Out & About

    Fish, Wildlife cuts discussed OUTSPEAK – Washington Fish and Wildlife Department Director Phil Anderson is scheduled to discuss legislative proposals for budget cuts and mergers during a public meeting Tuesday, …


  • 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 …

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