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TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2012

Oregon Fish and Wildlife staffers dubbed this sow feral pig Judas after it was captured in 2010 and fitted with a GPS tracking device on a harness specially designed for pigs. Judas then led officers to its fellow swine so shooters could eliminate the invasive species.  (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Swine line lets you squeal on a feral pig

INVASIVE WILDLIFE -- S-R Boise reporter Betsy Russell smelled the bacon for today's front page story on the tri-state campaign to keep feral pigs from the wilds of Idaho, Washington and Oregon. The gist of the story is that feral pigs are tremendously destructive to...

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MONDAY, JULY 23, 2012

Truck wipes out 30 percent of bighorn herd's lambs 

WILDLIFE -- A Missoula-area bighorn herd that's been ravaged by disease suffered another blow recently as a single truck wiped out a third of this season's bighorn lamb reproduction in the lower Rock Creek drainage. The unidentified Idaho driver collided with seven lambs while driving...

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THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2012

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2012

Bighorn sheep are suffering from pathogens rendering them susceptible to pneumonia while having no effect on domestic sheep. Montana has killed 200 bighorns to thwart an outbreak.  (File Associated Press)

Harmful wild sheep measure removed from House bill

WILDLIFE -- A coalition of sportsmen-conservationists today applauded the elimination of a controversial amendment from a U.S. House of Representatives appropriations bill that would have prohibited implementation of a science-based management plan for bighorn sheep populations in a national forest in Idaho. The Association of...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2012

Western lawmakers are seeking to elevate the plains bison to a status similar to that of the iconic bald eagle. (Associated Press)

Tourist gored by Yellowstone bison

WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS -- A Massachusetts man is recovering in an Idaho Falls hospital following surgery for injuries he received after being gored by a bull bison near Norris Campground on Saturday in Yellowstone National Park. Park authorities did not have the man’s name, and his...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2012

Video of hobbling elk herd confirms hoof rot

WILDLIFE -- A sportsman's recent heartbreaking video of elk hobbling painfully on sore hooves is bringing more attention to problems with hoof rot in the Mount St. Helens herd. KING 5 TV recently aired footage compiled by West Side sportsman Bill Jones, who's hunted the...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012

THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012

Wildlife babies: Leave them be

WILDLIFE -- The great outdoors is a giant nursery this month as critters large and small are hatching, birthing and raising their young. Wildlife agencies in Washington, Idaho and Montana have been issuing reminders that in virtually all cases, its best to leave young wildlife...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2012

FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2012

Fox pup photographed in June 2012 near Lincoln, Mont. (Jaime Johnson)

Fox pup makes wildlife photographer's day

WILDLIFE -- Western Montana wildlife photographers Jaime and Lisa Johnson have been monitoring fox dens in their daily pursuit of outdoor images this spring. Here's a journal post from Jaime regarding their latest encounter with the new crop of red foxes. Funny, last night we...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2012


MONDAY, JUNE 4, 2012

Elk shed winter coats and grow antlers in May in Western Montana. (Jaime Johnson)

Rag-tag elk spiffing up for summer

WILDLIFE -- Elk are in a big transition. They're shedding their thick insulating winter coats for the shinier, sleeker, more bug-proof summer coats, as you can see in this photo made last week by Western Montana wildlife photographer Jaime Johnson. Bulls are sprouting antlers, one...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012

TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2012

Wolverine kit confirmed in North Cascades 

WILDLIFE RESEARCH -- After six years of effort, Methow Valley-based researchers have documented that wolverines have produced kits this spring in the North Cascades south of Highway 20. A remote camera had photographed a GPD-collared female carrying a kit from one den to another. That's...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012

TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2012

Solo, the trumpeter swan that’s been returning to Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge south of Cheney for at least 35 years and possibly up to 48, takes off from Winslow Pond after returning to the season’s first ice-free water on the refuge on Jan. 25, 2010. He’s with his mate and the first cygnets hatched on the refuge in 22 years. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Turnbull Wildlife Refuge gets high marks from visitors

REFUGES -- Most visitors to Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge in 2010 and 2011 were impressed with its recreational opportunities, education and services, according to a government survey released today. About 90 percent of respondents gave consistent high marks to their refuge experience. The survey, commissioned...

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