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Outdoors blog archive for Oct. 6, 2011

THURSDAY, OCT. 6, 2011

Groups urge wolf delisting in Washington

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Two groups put the pressure on the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department this week by filing a petition urging the state to strip endangered species protections from gray wolves in the eastern one-third of the state. The petition was filed with the…

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The dusky grouse, better known as the blue grouse, is a forest bird that prefers high open slopes in fall. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Mountain grouse moving to high country

BIRD HUNTING -- I've been hiking a lot of miles of trails the past few months and I've clearly seen the progression of dusky grouse into higher elevations. Males tend to be at higher elevations earlier in the year, while the hens with their broods…

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Elk at C.M. Russell National Wildlife Area north of Lewistown, Mont., in September, 2011. (Rich Landers)

Elk on stage at CM Russell Wildlife Refuge

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- One of the best wildlife viewing stages anywhere in September and early October is the cottonwood bottom along the elk viewing area in the C.M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge60 miles north of Lewistown, Mont., (my hometown). Even though the elk are in…

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