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Review: ‘Wildlife’ a stirring adaptation of a fractured marriage

In “Wildlife” the characters played by Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal find themselves in key moments trapped in their ordinary 1960 Great Falls kitchen, evading each other’s eyeline or bearing …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 9, 2018, 10:11 a.m.

Six caribou in North Idaho and Washington – the last in the contiguous U.S. – will be relocated to Canada

Caribou, the Grey Ghosts of northern forests, will no longer roam the Lower 48.


Rising Yakima River temperatures pose threat to salmon

With water flows down and the heat up, temperatures in parts of the Yakima River this summer have been running more like those in the waters of coastal Hawaii, according …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 8:19 a.m.

Love, revenge, politics and turkeys: A South Hill story

Despite efforts to thin the number of turkeys roaming about Spokane, the birds have persevered. Neighbors are split about how to deal with the rafters and the Spokane City Council …


Changes coming to the Endangered Species Act will impact Idaho wildlife

Changes are coming for the most significant piece of federal legislation aimed at preventing animals and plants from fading out of existence: the Endangered Species Act.


DNA confirms cougar killed near North Bend had attacked bicyclists

The cougar that Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officials killed on May 19 was the same animal that attacked two bicyclists, killing one, DNA analysis confirmed Wednesday.


Swift foxes, considered locally extinct for decades in Montana, are making a comeback

Tiny, shy and nocturnal, swift foxes have stealthily invaded pockets of Montana where they haven’t been seen for almost a century. Or maybe folks just weren’t looking for them and …


UPDATED: Mon., July 9, 2018, 11:45 p.m.

Paul Turner: Of backyard magpies, raccoons, moose … and eagles?

Anyone seen a pterodactyl in Browne’s Addition? Or maybe just a moose?


Staying alive: insight on surviving encounters with dangerous wildlife

Don’t run – not from a charging wild animal or the facts, wildlife experts say.


UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018, 12:09 p.m.

Judge: Agency failed to justify Idaho wildlife killing plans

A court has ruled that a federal agency’s justifications for killing coyotes and mountain lions and other predators in Idaho to protect livestock and other wildlife such as elk violates …


‘Fawn-napping’ a common, but tragic, reality

Fawns are out. And, as happens every year, people are snatching them with delusions of helping the small creatures.


Here’s why coyotes are spreading everywhere, and so fast

For eons, coyotes roamed what is now the western United States, with its wide-open plains. Then came European settlers, who cut down forests for farms and ranches.


Dozens more charges filed in wildlife poaching ring probe

Prosecutors in Oregon have filed more than a hundred charges in an investigation of wildlife poaching that has spanned state lines and allegedly left dozens of animals shot illegally and …


Montana’s plan to fight spread of fatal wildlife disease gets stricter

Montana’s wildlife agency will be even more aggressive in fighting chronic wasting disease, according to a


Oregon officials kill 2 wolves in effort to save cattle

Oregon wildlife officials shot and killed two wolves from a helicopter Wednesday in an attempt to reduce killings of cattle by the predators.


Rocky Mountain wolverines studied in interaction with recreationists

Wolverines don’t make themselves easy to study. In addition to being able to gnaw their way out of log-cabin-like traps, they’re shaped kind of like a traffic cone.


Reader photo: Trumpeter swans return to Turnbull wildlife refuge

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Ammi Midstokke: Correspondence from the Serengeti

The sun is setting behind a cloud cover of blue hues as the greens and browns of the Serengeti fade to the monochrome of night. When the day loses color, …


UPDATED: Thu., March 15, 2018, 11:31 a.m.

Idaho Fish and Game kills 10 wolves

Idaho Fish and Game officials killed 10 wolves in an effort to improve elk survival rates in northern Idaho.


Reader photo: Chilly dip

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UPDATED: Thu., March 8, 2018, 2:21 p.m.

Biologists capture and tag massive cougar north of Chewelah

Wildlife biologists caught and tagged a massive 197-pound cougar Monday.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018, 8:35 p.m.

What does a bear do in the Alaska woods? Disperse seeds

Does a bear scat in the woods? The answer is obvious but the effects on an ecosystem may not be.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 12, 2018, 9:08 a.m.

As Spokane’s urban coyotes thrive, some pet owners grow worried

Coyotes. The wild canines thrive in many of the United States’ largest cities – including


Activists debate Native hibernating bear hunting

Congressional debate about Alaska hunting rules in April brought a spotlight on a little-understood Alaska Native technique of hunting bears in dens.


Wildlife Act would redirect oil and gas royalties to individual states

A bill pending in Congress would vastly increase money available for the management of at-risk species by minimizing long-standing wildlife funding mechanisms.


Elk hoof disease research in hands of Washington State University Veterinary School

Washington State University is poised to take over inconclusive research on elk hoof disease that’s been plaguing elk west of the Cascades in Washington and Oregon.


At their peak, snowshoe hares become forces of nature

A biological force of nature bigger than a bull moose lives in the boreal forests of North America. The biggest animals of the northern woods – by total species weight …


Out & about: Buck serves as reminder to not feed, attract wild animals

A small buck got its antlers tangled in some gardening netting. What started out at first as an annoyance, quickly became more serious.


Tests on bighorn skulls and horns show greater genetic diversity in herds of older animals

Bighorn sheep living in decades past along Idaho’s Salmon River from Riggins to its East and Middle forks far upstream were more genetically diverse, and the different groups of sheep …


Reader photo: Looking for warmth

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