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Ivory dealer goes undercover to help bust wildlife smuggler

A Washington ivory and antiquities dealer will serve six months in prison after pleading guilty to federal smuggling charges four years ago and then going undercover to help authorities prosecute …


Matt Liere: Guarding the bunny buffet

After getting a late spring start, the garden had finally blossomed. Early crop production from the raspberries and rhubarb had been phenomenal, but my eagerness lay with the fall arrivals …


Campsite-raiding Yellowstone grizzly bear captured, killed

A grizzly bear that has been raiding backcountry campsites and chasing campers in Yellowstone National Park since last year has been captured and killed.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 9:38 p.m.

12 rabid bats found in Washington this August

The Washington state Department of Health is advising residents to take precautions if they encounter a bat after the state experienced a record number of rabies cases in the species …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 11, 2017, 3:22 p.m.

Skilled shooters will help thin out Grand Canyon bison herds

The National Park Service will use skilled shooters, capture and other methods to reduce the Grand Canyon’s bison population by more than half.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 11, 2017, 2:12 p.m.

7 tigers, 6 lions and a leopard found in Arkansas barn

An Arkansas Game and Fish Commission spokesman says authorities are investigating the discovery of tigers, lions and a leopard in a barn in Arkansas.


Reports detail extensive poaching ring in Washington, Oregon

Case reports from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife say the agency has uncovered an extensive poaching ring that has killed bears, cougars, bobcats, deer and elk in southwestern …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 10:43 p.m.

Little refuge for wildlife as smoke lingers over region

Wild critters can’t heed health agency warnings to take refuge indoors from the pall of wildfire smoke smothering the West. They’re stuck outside, coping with bad air quality much as …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 6, 2017, 1:25 p.m.

Reader photo: More than a dash of gray

A moose with gray hair becomes subject of fascination among casual observers and biologists alike.


Two bear cubs captured after people separated them from mom

Montana wildlife officials are reminding residents to leave young wildlife alone after people trying to take photos of two young bear cubs ended up separating them from their mother.


Field reports: Boundary Dam forebay closed for camping improvements

Canoeing, kayaking and camping through Z Canyon on the Pend Oreille River downstream from Metaline Falls has been tough to pull off since July 10 when Seattle City Light closed …


Washington confirms first case of deer viral infection

Washington wildlife managers have confirmed the state’s first case of a viral infection specific to deer.


Black bear put down after visit to Billings neighborhood

A cinnamon-colored black bear was captured and euthanized after wandering through a Billings neighborhood eating apples and visiting Beartooth Elementary School.


Pittsburgh zoo euthanizes baby elephant with feeding issues

A Pittsburgh zoo says a baby elephant that had a feeding tube inserted to help it gain weight has been euthanized.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 9:37 p.m.

Groups sue to protect Yellowstone grizzlies as hunts anticipated

Wildlife advocates and a Montana Indian tribe are asking a U.S. court to restore protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park so that trophy hunting of the …


Bald eagle unable to recover from Oregon shooting

A bald eagle wounded in a shooting west of Portland has been euthanized.


Critics maintain Utah mustang meeting a ‘slaughter summit’

Federal scientists and mostly rural interests are gathering at a wild horse conference in Utah that mustang-protection advocates maintain is a thinly veiled effort to promote increased roundups and eventual …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 23, 2017, 12:06 p.m.

Bears near U.S.-Canada border merit endangered status, judge rules

A judge has ruled a small population of grizzly bears in Montana and Idaho near the Canadian border can be considered endangered even if they are not on the brink …


Hiker kills aggressive mountain goat; efforts increase to educate public to coexist

An aggressive mountain goat was shot and killed by a hiker in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness last month bringing new concerns about the threats that outdoor recreation poses to the …


New plan will work with states on sage grouse, Interior Dept. says

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says a new federal plan to protect the threatened sage grouse will grant more flexibility to the 11 Western states where the bird lives.


Group petitions city to ban deer feeding in Ocean Shores

A group of Ocean Shores residents implored the City Council recently to change the city’s code to ban all feeding of deer, presenting a petition signed by 183 people and …


Priest Lake black bear attacked woman, dogs with no warning

A woman fiercely attacked by a black bear near the Priest Lake visitor center on July 4 had no time to use bear spray even if she’d have had it, …


Yellowstone to create temporary bison quarantine facility

Yellowstone National Park has decided to convert part of its bison trap into a temporary brucellosis quarantine facility.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 9:25 p.m.

Oregon will kill 2 wolves at the request of ranchers

Oregon wildlife officials will kill two adult wolves in northeast Oregon at the request of ranchers who say animals in their pack have preyed on cattle for more than a …


Court keeps Great Lakes wolves on endangered species list

A federal appeals court Tuesday retained federal protection for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region, ruling that the government acted prematurely when it dropped them from the endangered …


UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 12:12 p.m.

Yellowstone grizzlies removed from threatened species list

For the second time in a decade, the U.S. government has removed grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region from the threatened species list.


Hikers getting too friendly with Scotchman Peak mountain goats

Mountain goats are icons on Scotchman Peak, luring hikers up the 3.5-mile trail northeast of Clark Fork, Idaho, to be in the realm of the usually docile white-coated animals overlooking …


Roadkill on the menu: 1,600 dead deer, elk salvaged from Washington roads

Steve Clark has learned that roadkill can be as delicious as the “fresh” deer and elk he hunts. The Spokane man accounts for two of some 1,600 salvage permits issued …


Ammi Midstokke: Beauty of nature indisputable – sometimes

When I moved back into the woods, I had this impression that I would be traipsing around the wilderness in a flowing dress singing old Disney tunes while birds and …


UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 12:58 p.m.

Idaho may offer hunters bounties for bad wolves, allow bait

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has proposed putting bounties on problem wolves and allowing hunters to lure wolves with bait.