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Outdoors blog archive for April 2011


Spring bear hunters must be careful observers

HUNTING -- When Idaho's spring black bear hunting season opens Friday, hunters must be especially careful to identify the species of bear they are looking at before they pull the trigger. Species identification important: It's legal to take a black bear but illegal to kill...

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Bloomsday jump-starts backpacking season

FITNESS -- Even if you're not a runner, Spokane's annual Bloomsday run is a great motivation to improve the fitness needed for outdoor pursuits, whether its hiking, hunting, fishing, geocaching -- whatever. Join the thousands of people for the he 7.5-mile run/walk on May 1....

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Enjoy free access to national parks

PUBLIC LANDS -- National parks will be waiving entrance fees for eight consecutive days, April 16-24, as an incentive for families to enjoy the outdoors and national heritage. The parks will be waiving fees for a total of 17 days in 2011, including National Park...

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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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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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SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2011


Glacier Park featured on new U.S. quarter

PUBLIC LANDS – Glacier National Park is next of five parks to be featured on one of the U.S. Mint’s new “America the Beautiful” quarters. The quarter features a mountain goat with Reynolds Mountain in the background. It’s a view familiar to visitors who drive...

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