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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2011


WA, OR wolves higher profile in annual report 27 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- In past years, Washington and Oregon have been little more than footnotes in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service annual report on western gray wolves in the Northern Rockies. However, the 2010 report gives the relatively new breeding packs in those states…

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How to kill big-game with a snowmobile

WINTER SPORTS -- I wish I could say it's uncommon for people to chase wildlife on motor vehicles, but it's not. I've seen it often, and heard about it more often. And some people, such as the snowmobiler above in Colorado, are bold enough to…

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Get Spokane Whitewater Park updates by e-mail

PADDLING -- Supporters of the proposed Spokane River Whitewater Park in Peaceful Valley are still plugging along at getting approval for all the various permits. Spokane Parks and Recreation Department had organized an e-mail list to help people stay up to date on progress. Click…

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Othello Sandhill Crane Festival coming soon

BIRDWATCHING -- Reservations are filling for field trips during the Othello Sandhill Crane Crane Festival scheduled for March 25-27. The are excellent educational opportunities on field subjects ranging from Ice Age Floods -- check out the guided hiket through the Drumheller Channels National Landmark --…

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A barbed-wire fence snagged this bullet fired in Lincoln County.  (Dan Hoke)

Some critter spared by 'iron curtain'

HUNTING – Barbed-wire fences have scarred, crippled or killed wildlife ranging from birds to elk since it was stretched across the West beginning in the 1870s. But this photo suggests that a fence actually saved the life of one lucky buck or coyote in western…

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MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2011

Another busy week for Fish & Wildlife cops

WILDLIFE ENFORCEMENT – The beat goes on for Washington Fish and Wildlife police in the 10 far-eastern counties, according to the weekly report obtained today. Illegal possession of painted turtles, dispatching injured deer, citing anglers from Hog Canyon to the Grande Ronde all were in…

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Anglers catching limits at Liberty, Rock lakes

FISHING -- The short-lived early season brown trout bite has been on at Liberty lake. Washington Fishand Wildlfie Department police report seeing anglers with limits of brown trout last week at the recently opened Spokane County Lake. Brave ice-fishermen were still catching fish on the…

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Dine for ducks

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION – The Pullman, Washington Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold its annual fund-raising banquet on March 26 at Banyan’s Restaurant, 1260 NE Palouse Ridge Road on the WSU Golf Course. Doors will open at 5:30, with raffles, games and silent auctions during the…

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SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2011

Western gray wolf photographed in Montana. (Tracy Brooks / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

One year of wolf numbers nothing to bank on 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- The 2010 annual report on the Northern Rockies gray wolf poplation released this week by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seems to have given everyone some ammunition. Overall the wolf population has remained roughly the same. However, while Montana and Wyoming…

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FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2011

An illegal trash dump on state land managed by the Washington Department of Natural Resources. (DNR)

DNR taking notice of dumping on state land

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Washington Department of Natural Resources is trying to take steps to keep state lands from becoming dumps. The agency has posted an interactive map on its website showing locations of more than 200 sites that experienced illegal dumping last year on…

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