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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 …


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 …


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.


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.


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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 …


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 …


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 …


Deer trapped, tagged in Riverside Park

Wintering deer congregation at Riverside State Park tapped for research


Feds to consider protection for American pika

SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will consider whether to protect a rabbit-like, alpine creature known as the American pika because of habitat loss.


Bird counters unite online

Your home’s picture window is a front-row seat for The Great Backyard Bird Count, which starts Friday and runs through Monday. The 12th annual event, organized by the Cornell Lab …


Feeding wild animals could be prohibited

OLYMPIA — The Washington House is considering a bill that would prohibit private citizens from feeding many wild animals — elk, deer, bears, raccoons, opossums, cougars, wolves, coyotes, wild turkeys …


In brief: Bill declares surplus of wolves in Idaho

Idaho would declare a surplus of wolves and offer the extras to any state that wants them under legislation that unanimously cleared the Senate Resources Committee on Monday. “We can …


Bulls, bucks shed macho image

Moose, elk and deer males are feeling a little light-headed these days. The bucks and bulls are shedding their antlers to make room for new and maybe larger racks by …


Still tinkering with 2009 hunt proposals

After nearly two years of public comment and meetings, significant last-minute changes are being proposed for Washington’s fall hunting rules just two months before the state Fish and Wildlife Commission …


Highway 195 in Pullman now open

A jackknifed semi blocking Highway 195 near the Pullman bypass, which is the first entrance to the city, has been cleared, authorities said. .


Center trying to encourage bird romance

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – It’s a birds and bees kind of question that confronts a Southern Oregon wildlife organization: How to encourage some rare birds displaced by natural disasters to …


Yellowstone bison may get new range to roam

BILLINGS – State and federal officials have recommended relocating a small herd of bison from Yellowstone National Park to a Wyoming Indian reservation, part of a bid to restore a …


Local beasts are acting like animals

“The winter is so bad in Spokane, moose are falling into basements.” That’s the way my colleague Jim Kershner is describing the past few weeks of record snow accumulation to …


Study: Sound orcas eating more toxic salmon

SEATTLE – Puget Sound killer whales appear to be more contaminated than northern orcas because they’re eating salmon that is more toxic, a new study suggests. Researchers measuring the presence …


Moose crashes into N. Spokane basement bedroom

A north Spokane couple that’s expecting a baby got an early arrival Thursday evening when a moose calf dropped into a bedroom through a basement window.


Rare white chickadee visiting Valley couple’s yard

Weeks before the region’s first snowfall, Frank and June Potter were enjoying a “white” Christmas in the front yard of their Spokane Valley home. Their feeders and heated water dish …


Chill on feeding winter wildlife

Here’s some food for thought about wintering wildlife struggling through deep snow and frigid temperatures: Think spring.


Wolves targeted despite hunt ban

A court order that restored endangered status to the region’s gray wolves has put proposed wolf-hunting seasons on the back burner, but government guns are being called in to help …


Bears ready for winter slumber

Sweet dreams are bruin in the mountains as the region’s bears start scoping out places for their winter dens. Bears really have only two seasons a year: hibernation’s coming and …


He’s a real-life batman

No law prevented Mike Weaver from evicting the messy tenants in his home along the Spokane River. But even though they wanted to remodel and make use of the attic …