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Outdoors blog archive for Oct. 2014

MONDAY, OCT. 13, 2014

The gray wolf is an apex predator roaming the Inland Northwest, along with the grizzly bear and mountain lion. Elusive wolves sometimes reveal their presence with a howl. (Associated Press)

Wolf shot in Whitman County; charges pending 151 

Updated 8 p.m. with response from state Fish and Wildlife police chief. ENDANGERED SPECIES -- A farmer is being investigated in the shooting of a gray wolf in Whitman County on Sunday. The wolf was shot southwest of Pullman, said Washington Department of Fish and…

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Fishing guide Pete Paolino negotiates his jet boat through a rough rapid on the Snake River near the Washington-Oregon border as he shuttles his anglers to another steelhead fishing hole. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Gas prices drop 9 cents in a week

HUNTING/FISHING -- Declining fuel prices are good news for hunters in the peak of the fall seasons as well as for steelhead anglers pulling boats to the big rivers: The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline has dropped for 18 straight days to a…

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A wolverine is seen in Glacier National Park. The wolverine will not be gaining threatened-species status. (Associated Press)

Wildlife groups sue for wolverine protections 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Making it three-in-a-row posts on environmental lawsuits --- a coalition of advocacy groups today challenged the government’s denial of federal protections for the snow-loving wolverine, filing a lawsuit that contends officials ignored evidence a warming climate will eliminate denning areas for the…

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A cow moose rests with her twins in the Ponderosa neighborhood. (Bob Fulton)

Ponderosa moose family livin' the life

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Moose in wild and not-so-wild areas are popular subjects for in Inland Northwest shutterbugs, as one can see in a glance on our Readers' Outdoor Photo Gallery. But some neighborhoods are more oriented to family living than others. "This moose family visits…

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Hiking as a family helps develop a love for the outdoors. 
 (Photospin / The Spokesman-Review)

Nature hikes make us happy, study confirms

HIKING -- British and American scientists have published new research showing that group nature walks help us combat stress while boosting mental well-being. Researchers from the University of Michigan and Edge Hill University in England evaluated 1,991 participants in England’s Walking for Health program, which…

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SUNDAY, OCT. 12, 2014

SATURDAY, OCT. 11, 2014

FRIDAY, OCT. 10, 2014

Thousands of trout are being stocked in Washington fishing lakes. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Surplus steelhead being dumped into trout lakes

FISHING – The steelheader’s loss will be the trout angler’s bonanza. About 340,000 young steelhead raised at hatcheries to be released in Puget Sound streams will instead be stocked in Western Washington trout lakes this month. A lawsuit filed by wild steelhead advocates prevented Washington…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 9, 2014

Pictured in 1945 are local hunters W.C. Wood, left, and M.G. Waldron,  who found a way to carry back their game from a 15-day elk hunting trip to Montana's Cabinet National Forest. 
 (photo archive / The Spokesman-Review)

Montana seeks confidentiality for hunters, trappers 

HUNTING -- Montana wildlife officials are proposing to keep confidential the names of hunters and trappers who kill any wildlife in the state. Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman Ron Aasheim said Tuesday the proposal is in response to complaints that information obtained under Montana’s right-to-know…

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Five hikers link hands to encircle an ancient cedar in a grove that survived the 1910 fires -- and many more through several centuries -- in the West Fork of Fish Creek. The drainage is in the heart of the proposed Great Burn Wilderness.  (Bob Clark)

Montana may expand protection for Fish Creek

FISHING -- Although it flows into the Clark Fork River below Interstate 90, Fish Creek is a sleeper resource unknown to most anglers. Luckly, Montana conservationists and fisheries managers have taken note. Here's the latest effort to preserve the habitat and potential for a fishery…

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Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife workers take blood samples from one of eight infected ewes captured by helicopter net gunners on Oct. 8, 2014, along the Grande Ronde River. 
the ewes will be transported to a South Dakota State University facility for research on a strain of pneumonia that's been deadly to the bighorn sheep in the Hell's Canyon area.   Courtesy photo (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Hells Canyon bighorns removed for disease study

WILDLIFE -- Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife workers used helicopter net gunners Wednesday to capture eight infected bighorn ewes along the Grande Ronde River. The wild sheep are to be transported to a South Dakota State University facility for research on pneumonia outbreaks that…

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