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Outdoors blog archive for April 11, 2011

MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011



Rich Beausoleil, cougar expert with the Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife, looks at a cougar cub after it had been shot and killed Monday, April 11, 2011 in Wenatchee, Wash. (Kathryn Stevens / The Wenatchee World)

Cougar killed in Wenatchee neighborhood

WILDLIFE -- Dogs are breathing easier in Wenatchee this afternoon. After police evacuated homeowners from a Wenatchee neighborhood this morning, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officials killed a cougar found underneath a house deck. Rich Beausoleil, the ageny's cougar specialist, said the location of...

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A Peak 7 Adventures groups rafts down the Spokane River. (Courtesy photo)

Rafters hitting big water on Spokane River

RIVER RUNNING -- The Spokane River is running big, but waves didn't stop Peak 7 Adventures from taking a group down this weekend for their first whitewater fun trip of the season. Here's a scouting report just posted on the Whitewater Northwest forum: Bowl &...

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Wolf compromise attempt blocked by judge

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- A federal judge over the weekend blocked a proposal to lift endangered species protections for wolves in Montana and Idaho that had been hammered out by U.S. wildlife officials and conservation groups. The plan could have led to public hunting of some...

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Spring chinook seasons brewing on Snake River

FISHING -- Although a decision isn’t likely until the end of this week, a spring chinook salmon season is likely to open in phases on the Washington portion of the Snake River starting around April 20, state officials say. When approved by federal fisheries officials,...

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Undated photo of a Swainson's thrush. Like disoriented hikers, migrating songbirds went the wrong way when their inner compasses were disrupted. But the birds recovered, apparently using sunset clues to reorient themselves. How migrating birds find their way over great distances has long intrigued people. Some birds can orient themselves with an internal compass using the earth's magnetic field. Others seem to follow the sun, the stars, polarized light or different clues. (AP Photo/Laura H. Spinney, Science Magazine) ORG XMIT: WX110 (Laura Spinney / The Spokesman-Review)

Class act: Spokane Auduboners offer birding clinics

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Spokane Audubon members are offering several choice opportunities to learn more about birds and bird identification. Birds of Eastern Washington, April 21 & 23, taught by SAS member Fran Haywood. Sign up through Community Colleges of Spokane. Bird Identification workshops for novices,...

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