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Thursday, February 21, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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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 …


Program offers owl insight

Owls will be coming out of the dark to shed some light on their species next weekend for a free program at Lake Coeur d’Alene. “Because they are most active …


Refuge is for the birds, moose …

Charmaine Gural should have a bumper sticker that reads: “Brakes for snakes.” On a morning drive inside Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge south of Cheney, she carefully stopped, got out of …


New indictment filed over monkey

Contact with witches and pagans is alleged in a newly filed revised indictment accusing a 28-year-old Spokane woman of smuggling a monkey into the United States by appearing pregnant as …


Fawn crop hits the ground

The outdoors is a giant nursery this time of year. Hunters know “the rut,” or peak of breeding activity for elk is in mid-September and then around Thanksgiving for white-tailed …


Hybrid hummer?

A group of Oregon birdwatchers have spotted and photographed what appears to be the first documented hybrid resulting from a breeding between North America’s most common species of hummingbirds, Anna’s …


Help birds complete their journey

Many bird lovers in the Inland Northwest are rolling out the welcome mat for the spring migrants flocking into the region. Some of these birds still have a long way …


Winter snoozing not always hibernation

Warmer weather and longer days create a wake-up call to the many critters with a gift for sleeping through the winter. While many birds have the means to split to …


Ready for spring arrivals?

Bird migrations will be getting into full wing through the Inland Northwest this month, as you may have noticed last weekend when songbirds seemed to flood into the area and …


Critter watch: From wolves to whales, region’s wildlife on the move

The coming and going of wildlife is in the news this week. Killer whales roam: A Puget Sound pod of Orcas has been spotted off California’s Monterey Bay.


CdA bald eagles are visitor attraction

Bald eagles continue to congregate at Lake Coeur d’Alene for their annual feast of kokanee spawning in Wolf Lodge Bay, with counts of more than 80 birds last week. The …


Critter watch : Wolf report shows growth

Few critters in the Western wildlands are being watched more closely than wolves. We have better numbers on wolves than we have on disabled veterans or immigrants, although we do …


Field Reports: Wolf management meeting in Spokane

Citizens can comment on gray wolf management in Washington during public meetings at seven towns across the state, including Spokane. The wolves are federally protected as endangered species, but their …


Residents consider catch, release for deer chomping their gardens

Fernan Village has become prime real estate for whitetail deer: no wolves, no hunters, easy access to the forest and loads of tasty landscaping. But the ravenous and increasingly bold …


Critter Watch: Bridge favors troubled critters

Spokane’s Sunset Highway Bridge is far more than a passageway for motorists across Hangman Creek. The bridge doubles as a condo for discerning critters.


CRITTER WATCH: Little Spokane River blooms with wildlife

Paddlers aren’t the only ones checking out the feral iris that was bursting in bloom last week along the Little Spokane River. The ruffed grouse above, photographed from a canoe, …


Rich Landers: ‘Bloodless’ wildlife activities harmful

Rack up another wildlife setback as the masses continue to reach out for politically correct nature experiences. An Associated Press story out of Eugene sets the issue clearly in the …


CRITTER WATCH: Power to the ospreys

“For a couple of years, an osprey pair has been nesting on this pole between the old and new Highway 395s at Dartford, where a zillion cars go by each …


CRITTER WATCH: Something to grouse about

April is no time to grouse around if you’re a grouse. Sharptails are dancing and sage grouse are booming on the prairies of Idaho, Montana and Washington. Ruffed grouse are …


CRITTER WATCH: When woodpeckers come knocking

If you hear what sounds like a jackhammer on the roof shortly around sunrise this month, it’s more likely to be a woodpecker looking for love. Woodpeckers, particularly northern flickers, …


Sometimes what you see depends on your viewpoint

A serious sportsman – even if he prefers Bud Light – has much in common with a wine connoisseur. The average consumer who drinks a glass of wine is satisfied …


Aerial survey finds problem with elk numbers

LEWISTON – Elk numbers continue to dwindle in some of north-central Idaho’s legendary big-game country, and the state is considering reductions in elk permits. The survey conducted in the last …


CRITTER WATCH: Reading tracks

With every snowfall, nature leaves a blank page for creatures to write their stories. Hiking along the Spokane River or driving along the backroads this time of year is like …