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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2016


Elk carcasses litter a Department of Fish and Game feeding site off Warm Springs Road west of Ketchum. (Roland Lane / Idaho Mountain Express)

Elk die at Ketchum feeding area

WILDLIFE -- Once again we're reminded that feeding wildlife is hazardous and should be avoided whenever possible. Idaho Fish & Game reports 33 elk died this winter at feeding station near Ketchum In 1980, Idaho Fish and Game established a feeding station in Warm Springs…

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Hiking into Arches National Park, Utah. (Brett Bollier)

Utah national parks report increase in vandalism 

PUBLIC LANDS -- The growing interest in America's fabulous national parks has a downside: Vandalism increases in Utah national monument, national parks Kenny and Aryn's 2016 declaration of love scratched into the wall of Zebra Canyon in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument is just...

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MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2016

A pair of bald eagles raises chicks under the unblinking eye of a web cam. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Wildlife cams bring nature into home, office

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Bald eagles and other nesting birds have become Internet celebrities in recent years with the improving technology of well-placed web cameras. Nothing beats spotting wildlife in the great outdoors, but just because you're stuck behind a desk doesn't mean you can't join...

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In this Aug. 21, 2015, file photo, a tanker airplane drops fire retardant on a wildfire burning near Twisp, Wash.

Forest fire costs gobble up trail maintenance funding 

PUBLIC LANDS -- Last year's record-setting wildfire season only exacerbated what's been an ongoing problem with funding for maintaining national forest trail systems. Kudos to lawmakers who are raising the issue. Montana senators put USFS chief on the hotseat over wildfires, trail funding U.S. Sens.…

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A 13-inch-long hair-loaded scat -- apparently from a coyote -- was found the first weekend of April at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. (Tina Wynecoop)

Photo explains smile on coyote's face 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Holy crap! While shed hunters are combing the woods for huge discarded antlers this spring, Tina Wynecoop scored spotted this trophy scat at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. I'd compare this animal's effort to holding breath underwater for three minutes or Pavarotti belting...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2016



Hikers on the StatelineTrail above Cliff Lake in the Great Burn Proposed Wilderness.  (Montana Wilderness Association)

Montana launches statewide trail hiking guide

TRAILS -- Montana has launched a statewide online hiking guide. Montana Wilderness Association, with a grant from the state Office of Tourism, has gone live with, Montana’s first online, statewide hiking guide, which already features more than 200 trail descriptions. More than 70 MWA...

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Trapshooters at a range. (The Spokesman-Review)

Shooting range lead cleanup to cost $780K 

SHOOTING -- The U.S. Forest Service is cleaning up soil contaminated by lead at a former shooting range in Washington state. The clean-up is focused on 2 acres of the 7-acre Index Sportsman Club shooting range in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, officials say Shotgun…

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