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Friday, February 15, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Ice melt sends walruses ashore

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Thousands of walruses are congregating on Alaska’s northwest coast, a sign that their Arctic sea ice environment has been altered by climate change. Chad Jay, a U.S. …


Elusive cougar back in wild

SEATTLE – A cougar that apparently had lived in Seattle for more than two weeks and forced the city’s largest park to close was captured early Sunday and returned to …


5-year-old hurt in cougar attack in NE Washington

A 5-year-old boy from Rossland, British Columbia, was attacked by a cougar Wednesday while his family was hiking a trail in Stevens County.


Despite warning, woman fed bears and was killed

DENVER – Donna Munson considered the black bears that swarmed across her land in southwestern Colorado to be her pets. She fed them dog food and scraps – poking the …


Land swap protects wildlife, preserves public access

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation teamed with The Nature Conservancy and several state and federal agencies recently to secure 2,675-acres in the first phase of a three-year project to protect …


Father uses chain saw to fight off mountain lion

BILLINGS – Wielding his chain saw as a weapon, a Colorado man says he fought off a starving mountain lion that attacked him while he was camping with his wife …


Rich Landers: Volunteers critical for public lands

I took my eye off Olympia to chase the tail end of the salmon fly hatches in Idaho and Montana intermittently during the past two weeks, and returned to the …


Turnball manager retires after 18 years on job

At a fraction of their salaries and with no stock options or bonuses, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuge manager near Cheney has done what many high-powered CEOs have …


Cameras track rebounding species

Washington’s wild areas are becoming more diverse and interesting as several furbearing species – wolverine, fisher and sea otter – slowly recover some of their former range. Here are three …


Marmot causes restaurant ruckus in Prosser

Diners at a restaurant in Prosser were startled Monday when a marmot wandered through the front door and settled into a corner.


Field reports

WILDLIFE – A female grizzly bear that attacked a lone hiker near West Yellowstone recently was probably protecting her cub and a chunk of meat she had buried near the …


Man attacked by grizzly bear says survival instincts kicked in

KALISPELL, Mont. – It happened in a flash, and Thomas Nerison did not have the bear spray he almost always carries on his runs in Glacier National Park. The 60-year-old …


Elk farmer shoots grizzly in N. Idaho

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service is investigating the shooting of a grizzly bear near Rose Lake, Idaho. The 300-pound male grizzly was shot dead late Sunday by the operator …


There’s nothing wily about feeding coyotes

Despite the aura of Washington State University, a few people in Pullman have managed to remain ignorant about wildlife. We’re talking about people with soft hearts and brains of mush.


Wolf-hunting goes to court in two states

BILLINGS, Mont. – A pair of federal judges will decide which states in the Northern Rockies have enough gray wolves to allow public hunting, as the bitter debate over the …


Lawsuits over wolves filed in two courts

BILLINGS — A pair of federal judges will decide which states in the Northern Rockies have enough gray wolves to allow public hunting, as the bitter debate over the region’s …


Wildlife officials tracking sick bighorn

RIGGINS, Idaho – The hunt is on for a Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep ram believed to be sick with pneumonia. It’s a race wildlife officials say could mean life and …


It’s a noxious task, but someone’s got to control weeds

It’s not good enough that most outdoors aficionados don’t care for noxious weeds. We need to hate them.


Creston Valley Wildlife Area

The Creston Valley Wildlife Area has a big secret that most visitors miss. It’s definitely a popular area, and Rand McNally editors for the famous North American road atlas have …


Hanging on in the Selkirks

Despite setbacks caused by vehicle collisions, the endangered Selkirk Mountains caribou herd is at least holding an even population. Aerial surveys completed this month as the animals begin heading north …


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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.


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 …


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 …


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, …


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 …


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 …