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Far-ranging grizzly spotted in Montana’s Big Belt Mountains

Another grizzly bear has shown up in a part of Montana that hasn’t seen grizzlies in as long as a century.


UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017, 12:05 p.m.

Dog pulls baby deer from water to save it from drowning

A dog that saw a baby deer in danger of drowning in New York jumped in and dragged it to shore.


UPDATED: Sun., July 16, 2017, 11:08 p.m.

The view from on high: 45 years of studying ospreys in the Pacific Northwest

Wayne Melquist has banded Lake Coeur d’Alene’s ospreys for more than four decades. He started in 1972 and says there’s still much to learn about the majestic birds, which raise …


Field Reports: Water study addresses Priest Lake levels

A study of Priest Lake water levels and Thorofare navigation will be explained in an open house meeting on Thursday from 2-5 p.m. at the Priest Lake Groomers & Ambulance …


Birding brightens driver’s commute on I-90

I spend about 90 minutes in a vehicle each day, commuting from Coeur d’Alene to downtown Spokane. I didn’t expect to be birding from Interstate 90. But the first day …


Professional runner breaks rule, runs away from bear, and wins

Moninda Marube knows what to do when you encounter a black bear. Stand your ground. But that’s not what he did.


UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017, 4:19 p.m.

Stray bullet kills camel in Oregon animal rehab center

An Oregon perseveration center says a camel has died after being injured in a southwestern Oregon shooting last week.


Majestic Mountains: The Canadian Rockies remain wild, wonderful

The Canadian Rockies and their surrounding territories have retained this ancient majesty. Thanks in part to the naming of British Columbia’s and Alberta’s four national and three provincial parks as …


Montana’s wolf specialist marvels at carnivore’s recovery

In 1979, Diane Boyd left her native Minnesota and headed west to begin tracking the first radio-collared gray wolf from Canada to recolonize the Western U.S., where humans had effectively …


UPDATED: Wed., July 5, 2017, 6:27 a.m.

Woman, two dogs injured in bear attack near Priest Lake

A 60-year-old woman hiking with her dogs was seriously injured in a bear attack near the Priest Lake visitor center on Tuesday morning


Oregon silverspot butterflies get new places to grow

To release an Oregon silverspot butterfly caterpillar, biologist Anne Walker takes it out of a little Tupperware container and sets it gently on its preferred food, the spade-shaped leaves of …


UPDATED: Sun., July 2, 2017, 6:43 p.m.

Harsh winter took heavy toll on wildlife across western U.S.

Wildlife suffered higher than normal losses this winter in severe weather across the western United States, where the toll included the deaths of all known fawns in one Wyoming deer …


Two grizzlies euthanized after livestock attack

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks euthanized two grizzly bears for preying on livestock in Montana.


Yellowstone wants brucellosis quarantine facility for bison

Yellowstone National Park is taking steps toward turning part of its bison trap at the northern edge of the park into a certified brucellosis quarantine facility.


Noise pollution: Hear the rustle of grass? Not so much now in U.S. parks

The call of the wild is getting harder to hear. Peaceful, natural sounds – bird songs, rushing rivers and rustling grass – are sometimes being drowned out by noise from …


Light pollution: Glacier, Waterton parks seek friendlier skies for critters

The stars are shining brighter and the glare of lights is a little less disorienting to creatures of the night in Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park this year.


Plan to protect salmon backfires as predator birds flee

A plan to protect young salmon by killing double-crested cormorants on an Oregon island has backfired after the birds fled the area halfway through their nesting season.


Sign up for osprey leg-banding cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene

The popular annual Osprey Boat Cruise that follows biologists checking nests and banding young “fish hawks” is set for July 15 at 9 a.m.


Glacier National Park trail closed due to grizzlies

A popular trail in Montana’s Glacier National Park is closed temporarily because of grizzly bears frequenting the area.


Out & About: Wild swine an invasive species curse

Feral pigs were quickly targeted last year in Washington by state and federal wildlife officials who closed down a state wildlife area near Moses Lake and used traps, bait stations, …


Sharks should be happy about new Google Earth survey of seal populations

Gray seals are booming. They’ve flocked to coastal Massachusetts, where hunters once killed the animals wholesale. Where seals go, sharks often follow. Great white sightings in Cape Cod increased from …


UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017

Gray wolves getting comfortable with Mount Spokane

For the second consecutive year, a Spokane man’s motion-activated trail camera has captured an image of what appears to be a gray wolf in Mount Spokane State Park. Wolves are …


Wolves may be exploring new territory in Western Washington

Gray wolves appear to be checking out territory west of the Cascades in eastern Skagit County, according to photos, tracks and other signs, federal officials say.


Faster-moving sea ice forces polar bears to use more energy

Rapid global warming has sped up the movement of sea ice off Alaska’s coasts, and already at-risk polar bears are paying a price, a new U.S. study says.


Prime time for hunter ed; Idaho offers combo class

Summer is prime time for new hunters to enroll in hunter education classes in Idaho and Washington. State wildlife officials say prospective hunters to procrastinate can find fall classes full …


Reader Photo: Robbing the cradle

As goslings crawl over a shoreline branch to swim after their parents, a largemouth bass blasts up to the surface and claims one for dinner.


Helen the blind bison becomes nanny to 4-month-old cow

The staff at an animal sanctuary in Oregon had tried all they could to find their blind bison named Helen a pasture pal.


Leave nature to care for its own, wildlife biologists say

As more people head outdoors to enjoy spring weather, they’re entering nature’s nurseries where it’s best to leave the babies be. Last week, for example, a male whitetail fawn was …


Wildlife officials investigating grizzly bear shooting death

State and federal wildlife officials are investigating after a male grizzly bear that had been shot to death was found in the Stillwater River in northwestern Montana.


Wildlife officials investigating grizzly bear shooting death

State and federal wildlife officials are investigating after a black bear hunter reported shooting a grizzly bear about 5 miles northeast of Missoula.