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Outdoors blog archive for April 18, 2011

MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2011

This 2004 file photo provided by the US Fish and Wildlife Service shows a gray wolf resting in tall grass. (AP Photo/U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service / The U.s. Fish And Wildlife Service )

Wolf ruling highlights success, not failure 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Much has been written since Friday when President Obama signed the federal budget which included a rider that removed Northern Rockies gray wolves from most endangered species protections. Our story on the rider had a helpful Q&A. I followed with a blog...

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A clump of buttercups are among the first flowers of the coming season. (Mike Prager)

Why are wildlflowers late? Look outside!

NATURE -- I've been getting a lot of queries regarding where to go to see spring wild flowers. I've been trying to explain that thing are a bit late this year, and the snow falling outside my downtown window today, April 18, sort of reinforces...

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Joey Nania, 17, of Liberty Lake, is a rising star on bass fishing tournament circuit. Photo by Joel Nania
 (Photo by Joel Nania / The Spokesman-Review)

Columbia Basin warmwater fisheries highlighted

FISHING -- Much is written about the excellent trout fishing in the Columbia Basin. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife publishes pages of fishing prospects and stocking schedules to help anglers stay on top of these destinations for rainbows. However, the majority if the...

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Carson Blakesley of Post Falls caught one of the few really big rainbows swimming with the more average-sized trout in the net pens set up at Clear Lake for the annual Kids Fish-In on May 1. Colby Price, in the background, caught a big one, too. Both boys are 5 years old. RICH LANDERS
 (Rich Landers)

Sign-up due for Spokane Kids Fishing Event

FISHING -- Today is the deadline to register for the May 7 Spokane Kid’s Fishing Event for youths age 5-14. The well-organized activity is staffed by dozens of volunteers from area fishing clubs, Fish and Wildlife Department employees and others. The $10 per child fee...

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Cougar killed at Richland construction site

WILDLIFE -- RIchland law enforcement officials on Friday killed a cougar after workers found the six-foot-long cat in the basement of a south Richland home that’s under construction. Richland police said they were called at 9:15 a.m, according to the Tri-City Herald. An officer from...

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.

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