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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2014

THURSDAY, JAN. 9, 2014


Washington and other states are concerned about moose.

Study launched on northeast Wash. moose 

WILDLIFE -- State Fish and Wildlife biologists put GPS tracking collars on 28 northeastern Washington moose in December for a long-term study on the largest member of the deer family. Other states, including Minnesota and Montana, have launched studies to understand why moose are declining…

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Elk management on Idaho commission agenda

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will consider the state Fish and Game Department's revised elk management plan when it meets Jan. 15-16 at Fish and Game headquarters in Boise. A public hearing will begin at 7 p.m. January 15, in the…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 7, 2014

A bald eagle snatches a spawned out kokanee from the Wolf Lodge Bay area of Lake Coeur d'Alene in January 2014. (Jaime Johnson)

Poor visibility postpones CdA eagle survey

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The weekly survey of bald eagles gathering at Lake Coeur d'Alene was postponed today because of poor visibility caused by the incoming storm. Carrie Hugo, BLM wildlife biologists, said she saw enough eagles to believe that the eagle numbers are still high.…

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Idaho's wilderness wolf control challenged in court

PREDATORS -- Conservation groups announced today that they are suing federal and state officials over Idaho’s plan to track and kill wolves from two packs in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. The lawsuit, filed by Defenders of Wildlife, Western Watersheds Project and Wilderness…

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Teen snowboarder fined for chasing moose 

WILDLIFE -- After a video showing a snowboarder chasing a moose down a ski run on Montana's Big Mountain went viral, the Flathead National Forest tracked down the snowboarder and fined him $255 for harassing wildlife, and forest officials issued warnings to other recreationists to…

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Phil Colyar poses with his state record mackinaw as it's weighed on the certified baby scale at the Lake Chelan Community Hospital on Feb. 4, 2013. (Courtesy photo)

2013 was a year of records for fish

FISHING -- In my Dec. 29 package of stories looking back at 2013 from the outdoors perspective, fish and fishing were riddled through everything, even beyond the one story focused on fishing highlights. It was a year to remember -- one we'll be referring to…

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This wolf chased Sandpoint bicyclist William "Mac" Hollan on July 6, 2013, as he pedaled along a stretch of the Alaska Highway about 60 miles west of Watson Lake, Yukon. Motorists had to throw rocks and waterbottles at the wolf to stop it from attacking Hollan's bike even after he'd taken refuge in an RV whose driver stopped to lend assistance. (Becky Woltjer)

Wolf bias is in eyes of beholder 

PREDATORS -- In my recent package of stories and lists reviewing the year 2013 from the outdoors perspective, I focused one short review on notable 2013 news items regarding the gray wolf, which drums up all sorts of issues, emotions and controversy where ever it…

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MONDAY, JAN. 6, 2014

Northern hawk owl with vole it caught for meal in Moscow, Idaho, on Jan. 1, 2014. (Ron Dexter)

Rare visitor looks like owl, eats like hawk

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The hawk owl that's been luring birders to the Moscow, Idaho, area for more than a month continues to deliver for photographers eager to document a rare visitor to the region. Spokane-area birder Ron Dexter offered this recent photo with interesting details…

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A mountain biker rides along the roughly graded section of the Centennial Trail while visitors look down from a new townhome at Kendall Yards on Wednesday. At far right (in glasses) is Michael Terrell, the landscape architect for the trail project. Greenstone Corp., which is building the homes at Kendall Yards, celebrated the final plan Wednesday for the two miles of trail from Monroe Street to the end of Kendall Yards to the west. (Jesse Tinsley)

Regional trails plan unveiled Tuesday at REI

TRAILS -- An update to the 2008 Spokane County Regional Trails Plan will help integrate routes for walkers, runners, skaters, cyclists and equestrians into planning and development as the population grows, officials say. The draft plan, up for county approval this month, identifies 677 miles…

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