Stories tagged: wildlife
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 3:44 p.m.
Idaho spending $650,000 to feed elk and deer, a record since at least 2003
Idaho is feeding about 7 percent of the state’s elk and nearly 2 percent of its deer population to keep the animals off agricultural crops as they try to survive …
Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 9:28 a.m.
National Zoo suspends search for escaped bobcat
The National Zoo is suspending its search from a bobcat that escaped from its enclosure.
UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 31, 2017, 6:07 p.m.
Moose rescued after fall into Idaho basement
Authorities say a female moose is safe after she fell through an unlatched window into the basement of an Idaho home.
Mon., Jan. 30, 2017, 11:49 a.m.
Bobcat escapes from National Zoo in Washington
A bobcat has escaped from its enclosure at the National Zoo in Washington but the zoo says the animal poses no danger to people.
Sun., Jan. 29, 2017, 9 a.m.
In South Africa, conservationists offer fake leopard hides to curb poaching
Many worshippers at a large religious gathering in South Africa this weekend will wear leopard skins, seen as symbols of status and power. But some of the pelts are fake, …
Sat., Jan. 28, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
Crust-covered snow spells deadly conditions for wildlife
The wind-packed or sun-crusted snow blanketing much of the region this week delivers one of the most difficult survival tests for wintering birds and a wildlife.
Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, 9:29 a.m.
Disease killing ducks, other birds at wildlife refuge
An outbreak of avian cholera has killed about 500 birds at the McNary National Wildlife Refuge in south-central Washington this week. The Tri-City Herald says crews on Thursday were at …
Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
Rich Landers: Critter tracks read like story in the snow
Early Sunday morning while reading the newspaper, Rich Landers contemplated several options for making the best of the day outdoors.
Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, 6 a.m.
Varied thrush’s haunting call pierces the forest in winter
On gray mornings in winter, the haunting two-note trill of one of the Northwest’s most secretive birds pierces the chilly air.
UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 24, 2017, 5:39 p.m.
Endangered Hawaiian monk seal population rises to 1,400
The population of Hawaiian monk seals, one of the world’s most critically endangered marine mammals, has been increasing 3 percent a year for the past three years, federal wildlife officials …
Tue., Jan. 24, 2017, 11:50 a.m.
Elk numbers stabilizing in northern Yellowstone
State and federal biologists say elk numbers in the northern part of Yellowstone National Park have stabilized after a long-term decline.
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, 11:55 a.m.
Animals struggle with heavy snow, winter weather in Idaho
While Idaho residents are lamenting heavy snowpack and icy roads, wildlife in the state have been struggling in the backcountry.
Thu., Jan. 19, 2017, 1:09 p.m.
Oregon to decide Friday on Columbia salmon reforms
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet here Friday to make its decision on the Columbia River salmon management reforms.
Wed., Jan. 18, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
In Brief: Eagle Cap Extreme sled dog race has strong field
Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
Feds draft plan to restore grizzly bears to North Cascades
Federal officials released a draft plan this week for restoring grizzly bears to the North Cascades.
UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 15, 2017, 11:37 p.m.
Wolverine caught on remote camera in west-central Idaho
A wolverine has been recorded on an Idaho Fish and Game camera near McCall in west-central Idaho as part of a four-state study to determine where the elusive mammals live.
Sun., Jan. 15, 2017, 4:46 p.m.
Bighorn sheep in Montana get health checkup
State wildlife biologists have captured 32 members of a herd of bighorn sheep that live both in Montana and Canada and given them health checkups.
Sun., Jan. 15, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
Bird counters fly high from field day
Spokane Audubon Society members are experts at identifying a tweet in the distance, picking out little grayish birds flitting through through tree branches or identifying distant waterfowl. And they have …
Sat., Jan. 14, 2017, 7:11 a.m.
Feds weigh petition asking for whale protection zone
The federal government is considering whether it should set up an area off Washington’s San Juan Island where endangered killer whales would be protected from motorboats and other disturbances.
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, 11:03 p.m.
Tom Vilsack leaving USDA a week early, no replacement named
Secretary Tom Vilsack is leaving the Agriculture Department a week before his tenure ends and President-elect Donald Trump takes office. Trump has not chosen Vilsack’s replacement. Vilsack told employees in …
Thu., Jan. 12, 2017, 12:36 p.m.
Plan offers 4 options for restoring grizzly bears to Washington
Grizzly bears once roamed the rugged landscape of the North Cascades in Washington state but few have been sighted in recent decades.
Thu., Jan. 12, 2017, 11:29 a.m.
Yellowstone begins bison capture, slaughter to reduce herd
At least 100 Yellowstone National Park bison have been trapped in southwestern Montana corrals as the National Park Service works to reduce herd sizes.
Tue., Jan. 10, 2017, 2:55 p.m.
Rusty patched bumblebee now an endangered species
The rusty patched bumblebee has become the first bee species in the continental U.S. to be declared endangered after suffering a dramatic population decline over the past 20 years, federal …
Sun., Jan. 8, 2017, 4:53 a.m.
Kim Thorburn has scientist’s open mind to making policy for hunting, fishing
A doctor trained to assure the health of human populations has been volunteering for three years to help oversee the well-being of Washington’s fish and wildlife.
Sun., Jan. 8, 2017, 4:22 a.m.
Siberian bird detours to Lewiston in second-known U.S. appearance
People from several states packing binoculars and cameras have been flocking to clusters of Russian olive trees at Hells Gate State Park in Lewiston for the past two weeks.
Sun., Jan. 8, 2017, 4:01 a.m.
Out and about: Local birds featured in Audubon calendar
The Spokane Audubon Society is offering monthly reminders that Eastern Washington residents are blessed with birds.
Sun., Jan. 8, 2017, 4 a.m.
Field reports: Extreme cold prompts refuge hunt restriction
Citing the extreme weather, the
Wed., Jan. 4, 2017, 12:43 p.m.
Puget Sound aquatic habitat remains healthy, data suggests
Data suggests aquatic habitat in the Puget Sound remains healthy despite other measures of the sound’s health deteriorating.
Sun., Jan. 1, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
2016: The Year Outdoors
Outdoors editor Rich Landers take a look back at 2016: The Year Outdoors.
UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 28, 2016, 4:20 p.m.
Two dogs attacked by mountain lion near Ketchum
One dog has died and another is injured after they were apparently attacked by a mountain lion in a subdivision south of Ketchum.