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SATURDAY, AUG. 6, 2016


TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2016

Getting close to wildlife for a photo could trigger an attack or make the animal less wary of people and more likely to charge or attack the next person that comes along, wildlife experts say. (Brett French)

Smartphone cameras are curse on wildlife 

WILDLIFE -- It's no secret how skilled wildlife photographers live in harmony with the wild creatures they photograph. It's called a TELEPHOTO lens, which allows them to keep a distance that affords comfort for the animal and safety for the photographer. The advent of the...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016


Prairie dog. (Associated Press)

Drones could ease Montana prairie dog plague

WILDLIFE -- Wildlife biologists may be going to the air to save burrowing critters. USFWS wants to use drones to deliver plague medication to prairie dog colonies in Montana Prairie dogs are a vital part of the diet of endangered black-footed ferrets, but the burrowing...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 12, 2016

TUESDAY, FEB. 2, 2016

FRIDAY, OCT. 16, 2015

THURSDAY, AUG. 27, 2015

SUNDAY, AUG. 23, 2015

A sow black bear and her five cubs cool off in a kiddie pool in a New Jersey family's backyard. (Tim Basso)

Momma bear, 5 cubs, play in kiddie pool 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- This video of a black bear sow with FIVE cubs seeking relief from summer heat is worth enduring the entry commercial for a few minutes of wildlife observation. Momma bear immediately recognizes the cool water haven in a New Jersey family's backyard,...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 21, 2015

Spokane is in the center of this satellite image wildfire smoke across Pacific Northwest on Aug. 20, 2015.  Origin point of smoke on the left is the 42,000-acre Wolverine Fire in the Glacier Peak Wilderness area near upper Lake Chelan.  Farther east, the 134,000-acre Chelan, 162,000-acre Okanogan, 110,000-acre Colville Indian Reservation, and 90,000-acre Colville area fires all merge and drift east across Montana and into the Midwest. (NOAA)

View from above raises pall of concern 

WILDFIRES -- I flew from Seattle to Spokane this morning after 10 days off the grid in Alaska. Heartbreaking is the first word that came to mind as I watched the smoke rising from east of the Cascades and spreading eastward across the state, mixing...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 11, 2015

The fisher, a member of the weasel family, is being re-introduced to Washington.
 (The Spokesman-Review)

Washington State wildlife plan open to public comment 

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- Washington's State Wildlife Action Plan, which identifies 268 fish and wildlife species with the greatest conservation needs, has been updated and state officials are taking public comment through Sept. 11. The plan describes key risks to those species and conservation measures designed...

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MONDAY, AUG. 3, 2015

FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2015




THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2015

MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2015

A bull and cow moose are seen in the Indian Trail neighborhood in north Spokane in October 2013 before they were tranquilized and taken away by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officers. (Courtesy / The Spokesman-Review)

Biologists present clinic on living with moose 

WILDLIFE – Moose have found their way into Spokane-area neighborhoods in a big way in recent years. This is good, until it goes bad with an 800-pound critter stomping through playgrounds, breaking down fences, chasing dogs, bolting across heavily-traveled roads and defending their calves. Tips...

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