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MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012

A Canada lynx visits a bait station set up by Idaho Fish and Game Department researchers monitoring wolverines in North Idaho. (Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness)

Lynx shows up at wolverine bait station 

WILDLIFE RESEARCH -- Although they're trying to document the presence of wolverines, getting good snapshots of a Canada lynx still made the day for volunteers monitoring bait stations for the wolverine research project trail cams in North Idaho last week. The photo comes from a...

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Little brown bat with white-nose syndrome photographed in New York.
 (Al Hicks / NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation )

Canada moves to protect bats in face of disease

WILDLIFE -- Concerned about bat die-off caused by white-nose syndrome, a fungus-caused disease that has decimated bat populations in the United States and Canada, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada has asked the federal government to issue an emergency order designating...

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A snowshoe hare is caught in action by a trail cam set high in the Cabinet Mountains for wolverine research by the Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness.  (Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness)

Trail-cam mystery critter identified

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- A snowshoe hare is caught in action by a trail cam set high in the Cabinet Mountains for a wolverine research project funded by the Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. See martens, bobcats, volunteer helpers -- and even a wolverine --...

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Cougar's rampage on llamas stumps wildlife experts

PREDATORS -- Wildlife Services agents dispatched a 175-pound mountain lion near Helena, Mont., recently after the cat killed at least six llamas and left them uneaten. Sport-killing behavior is rare for cougars, and officials don't have an easy answer. Read the Helena Independent Record report.

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THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 2012

Students at the Curlew Job Corps Center rescue Rebel, a young bluetick coonhound, on Jan. 24, 2011, after the dog had been lost for two nights near Sherman Pass east of Republic, Wash. The owners had lost the 7-month old male while snowshoeing to Columbia Mountain on Jan. 22. (im Beckwith)

Dog rescuers went the extra mile 

WINTER SPORTS -- Today's story about students rescuing a snowshoer's bluetick coonhound lost in the Kettle Range for two nights offers a life lesson to all of us. Helping other people can be remarkably easy and productive if we just make the effort to try....

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TUESDAY, JAN. 17, 2012

TUESDAY, JAN. 10, 2012

Snowshoe hare, in its winter white phase, hides in a tree well. (Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks)

A peek at animals that turn white in winter

WILDLIFE -- Critters have many adaptations for handling the rigors of winter. Some hibernate, some constantly look for food. Some develop thick winter coats to stave off the cold while some others change color to be better predators or less vulnerable prey. Creatures that change...

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SATURDAY, DEC. 24, 2011

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2011

Wolverines live up to tough reputation

WILDLIFE RESEARCH -- A recent study published in the Journal of Wildlife Management confirmed that wolverines regularly patrol a vast mountain territory. Eight years of radio-tracking 30 individual wolverines in the Rocky Mountains has provided an abundance of new data about the world's largest member...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 16, 2011

MONDAY, DEC. 5, 2011

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23, 2011

THURSDAY, NOV. 10, 2011

Bull moose along the Little Spokane River in Spokane. (Mike Miller)

Where would you go to see a moose?

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- A reader emailed me today asking where he could bring a friend from out-of-state to see a moose. Most of us who live in this region take moose for granted. We see them regularly, if not predictably. Seeing a moose for the...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 21, 2011

Mike Rule, wildlife biologist, shows how elk have been eating all the aspen shoots on Turnbull Naitonal Wildlife Refuge except those in the fenced enclosure behind him. Russell Frobe of the Friends of Turnbull is at right. Photo by Rich Landers/The Spokesman-Review  Photo by Rich Landers/The Spokesman-Review (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

National Parks take heat over reducing elk numbers

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- An annual elk hunt in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming and a volunteer-based "elk reduction" project in western North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park got underway this month amid public criticism, reports the Wildlife Management Institute. The issue is developing across...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 20, 2011

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19, 2011

FRIDAY, OCT. 7, 2011

When a grizzly steps on your face...

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Jaime Johnson, a professional photographer from Montana, recently put a video camera on the bank of an Alaska river where brown bears were frequently walking in search of salmon. The result gets my stomp of approval. Let’s just say the camera got...

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