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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2016

MONDAY, FEB. 22, 2016

Grizzly bear cub in Montana huckleberries during autumn. (Jaimie Johnson)

Wild for Wilderness Film Festival Friday in CdA

WILDLIFE WATCHING – “Wild for Wilderness – An Evening of Untamed Films” will feature award-winning documentaries and captivating footage of wildlife at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, at the Eagles Lodge, 209 Sherman Ave. in Coeur d’Alene. Featured films cover topics such as: The...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 19, 2016

Paul Green was survival instructor, mountaineer and river guide before becoming a professor.

Whitewater safety detailed by EWU expert

WATERSPORTS -- With ample mountain snowpacks hinting at a great rafting and paddling season ahead, the Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club is tapping a top rafting expert and Eastern Washington University recreation professor for a primer program on whitewater safety. Paul Green, who taught hundreds…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 18, 2016

Many Glacier Valley in Glacier National Park.  (Tim Rains / National Park Service)

Presidents played key roles in public lands legacy

PUBLIC LANDS -- Every president of the United States plays a role in managing the country's wealth of public lands, for better or worse. Eight presidents are especially noteworthy for their efforts or milestones in conserving parks, forests, range lands, marine areas and refuges, according to the Department of Interior...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 17, 2016

Sullivan Road bridge reconstruction -- workers maneuver on a temporary bridge on the downstream side of the main bridge in this Feb. 14, 2015, view with the river running at 20,000 cfs. (Tanner Grant)

Sullivan Bridge still closed to river passage

WATERSPORTS -- Although a construction project has allowed the Centennial Trail to reopen below the Sullivan Bridge in Spokane Valley, a closure remains on floating the Spokane River under the bridge project. Increased water flow has caused the river to rise, reducing the clearance between...

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Trappers to gather, sell furs Saturday in CdA

TRAPPING -- A fur auction organized by the Intermountain Fur Harvesters Association is set for Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Panhandle Region office, 2885 W. Kathleen Ave. in Coeur d’Alene. The event replaces the fur sale previously held each…

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Bighorn rams are featured in a PBS “Nature” program.

Bighorn sheep take beating from disease in Canada 

BIG GAME -- Despite millions of dollars in research, pneumonia continues to plague bighorn sheep herds in Washington, Idaho, Montana and elsewhere, including Canada. However, one thing is well-documented: wild sheep loose in virtually all close encounters with domestic animals. Domestic sheep believed to have…

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Cowboys examine a calf they say was severely injured by wolves, latest in a series of wolf attacks on Diamond M Ranch cattle since mid July.  (Stevens County Cattlemen's Association)

Killing problem wolves can save livestock, UW study says 

PREDATORS -- Pro-wolf groups touted a 2014 Washington State University researcher's study that indicated killing wolves involved in attacking livestock would simply exacerbate the problem long term. In recently published dueling science, University of Washington researchers have surveyed research and found the opposite may be…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 16, 2016

Wild steelhead. (Associated Press)

Feds sued for stalling on steelhead recovery plan

FISHING -- Conservation groups are suing the federal government over what they describe as foot-dragging when it comes to recovering wild Puget Sound steelhead, the Associated Press reports. In the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Seattle, Duvall-based Wild Fish Conservancy and other…

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MONDAY, FEB. 15, 2016

A family of trumpeter swans hangs out at Cheever Lake on Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge as late as early December in 2015. (Carlene Hardt)

Trumpeter swans back at Turnbull Refuge 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- In what's become an expected annual event, trumpeter swans beckoned by ice-free waters have returned to Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. Here's a Valentine's Day (Sunday) report from reader Barbara Morrissey: Six trumpeter swans arrived 2/14/16 afternoon at about 4 p.m., with their...

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.

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