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  • Birders crow about movie

    “The Big Year,” a film based on the more tedious true story (and book of the same name) is flying high at movie theaters across the country. The movie follows …


  • State’s wolf plan meeting today

    As Washington Fish and Wildlife officials are slashing budgets for existing programs, they’re meeting in Spokane today to deal with yet another new challenge – wolves. The state Fish and …


  • Landers: Hunters see signs that rut is on the way

    The signals have been showing up in the woods. Hunters are taking note: White-tailed deer have been gearing up for the annual breeding frenzy known as the rut. Northeastern Washington’s …


  • Treasured stories capture hunting partnership

    Soaked, bloody and five hours overdue, Dick Rivers slogged through the mud to the trailhead. His flashlight batteries were nearly spent, and the beam could no longer punch through the …


  • Elk season hollow without hunting partner

    I hunted with Dick Rivers almost as many years as I’ve lived with my wife and hunted with my late father. Readers have learned, cringed and laughed as they followed …


  • Out & About: Tickets to upcoming Reel Rock Film Festival free

    OUTDEAL – Some of the year’s top climbing short films are coming to Spokane in a film tour – Reel Rock VI – Oct. 20, starting at 7 p.m. at …


  • Food storage rules set for Panhandle

    The Forest Service is stepping up efforts to reduce conflicts between people and wildlife, especially bears. On Tuesday the Idaho Panhandle National Forests will enact rules dealing with human food …


  • Hundreds of plants, animals up for new protections

    The Obama administration is taking steps to extend new federal protections to a list of imperiled animals and plants that reads like a manifest for Noah’s Ark — from the …


  • Jim Kershner: I prefer my wildlife on the mild side, thank you

    I’ve had three encounters with the Wild Kingdom over the past few weeks and – considering the mayhem around our region this summer – I’m fortunate that none of them …


  • Idaho boy, 10, escapes clash with mountain lion

    State wildlife managers say a 10-year-old Idaho boy who encountered a mountain lion in rural Boise County escaped with minor scratches — and concerns that his friends at school would …


  • Officials euthanize geezer grizzly after barn raid

    State wildlife officials have euthanized what they say may be the oldest male grizzly bear ever captured in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem.


  • New rule restricts points

    Deer hunters in one of Washington’s top white-tailed deer areas will be restricted to shooting whitetail bucks with four or more points on one side of their antlers. The antler …


  • Website tests bear ID skills

    Black bear hunters can test their bear species identification skills through a new interactive program on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website, wdfw.wa.gov. The site includes information on …


  • Chelan hawk migration lures research, festival

    “Plastic owls on long poles help bring the hawks near capture nets,” said Felix Martinez of Spokane. “Hawks hate owls and will veer miles out of their way to harass …


  • Landers: Idaho wolf tag sales lagging, so far

    Idaho wolf tag purchases are barely better than home sales. Maybe it’s the economy or the recent lawsuits that threatened to stall the hunting season again, but wolf permits are …


  • Field reports: Group buys land for grizzly migration

    WILDLIFE – A conservation group bought 71 acres in the Yaak Mountains in northwestern Montana near Troy with the goal of improving migration corridors for grizzly bears and other wildlife …


  • Trout survives with ‘two mouths’

    Jay Kirchner of Coeur d’Alene was fly fishing on the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River last weekend when he hooked a scrappy cutthroat trout. “It hit an Elk …


  • Weather could cause nesting delays

    A resident of Silver Lake emailed a concern this month that he’d seen no nesting red-necked grebes around the lake. He wondered if motor boat traffic was foiling the waterfowl’s …


  • Idaho commission approves wolf hunt rules, dates

    The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has approved a new set of rules guiding public hunting and trapping of wolves in the state’s forests and backcountry.


  • Giant worm does not warrant federal protection

    The giant Palouse earthworm will not be listed for protection under the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said today that recent information indicates the worm may …


  • BLM explores land use proposals

    Grazing, energy development, motor vehicle access, shooting areas and wildlife protections are among the issues being confronted by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in a resource management planning effort. …


  • Pygmy rabbits breed successfully

    For the first time in a decade, the endangered Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit has successfully bred in its historic range. A litter of kits has been confirmed in a 6-acre …


  • Moose a canvas for new wildlife management tool

    Never mind the Tasers and high-powered weaponry in their vehicles. When law enforcement officers arrived around 6 a.m. recently to deal with three moose on Interstate 90 near Liberty Lake, …


  • Out & About: Here’s a chance for life on the rocks

    OUTDO – A fun-oriented, weekend introduction to rock climbing is set for July 23-24 at Q’emiln Park in Post Falls. The annual UClimb sponsored by Mountain Gear enlists pro climbers …


  • Idaho wolf hunting plan: No limit

    Idaho is planning a fall wolf hunt with no overall limit - and no limits in four zones, the Panhandle, Lolo, Selway and Middle Fork zones - because of “documented …


  • Killing off sick bighorns aided herds, officials say

    MISSOULA – A spring survey of bighorn sheep showed that efforts to prevent a pneumonia outbreak by killing the sick animals appeared to help more lambs survive, according to Montana …


  • Field reports: Local geese herded for population study

    WILDLIFE – Biologists and volunteers herd Canada geese into pens and clamped leg bands on about 1,000 young birds in Eastern Washington in the past week for a Washington Fish …


  • Bison Range has youthful feel in spring

    When it comes to the four seasons at the National Bison Range at Moiese, Mont., different people have different favorites, Pat Jamieson says. Some prefer summer, even though it can …


  • 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, …


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