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FRIDAY, JAN. 23, 2015

Raccoon tracks in fresh wet snow near downtown Spokane. (Rich Landers)

Fresh, wet snow perfect for tracking critters

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- I was late into the office this morning, delayed by urgent messages from a variety of critters. Last night's light, wet snow created a fresh page for wildlife to tell the stories of their early-morning lives for trackers to read. Conditions are...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14, 2015

MONDAY, DEC. 22, 2014

A bobcat checks out a northwest Spokane neighborhood. (Sarah Lathrop)

Photo: Bobcat visits Northwest Neighborhood

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- A bobcat made a guest appearance in a northwest neighborhood recently. The photo was captured by Sarah Lathrop above Park Boulevard at Glass and H streets -- just above Downriver Golf Course. It was posted on the Northwest Neighborhood - Spokane Facebook...

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MONDAY, DEC. 15, 2014

Moose populations continue to grow in Washington, Idaho. 
 (File / The Spokesman-Review)

Idaho trophy species rule proposals revealed

HUNTING -- An increase in Idaho Panhandle moose hunting opportunity and other proposals for next year's trophy big-game seasons will be presented at an open house meeting, 3 p.m.-6 p.m., on Thursday, Dec. 18 at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Panhandle Region Office,...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 6, 2014

Tracks in a skiff of snow on a tree stump indicate the arrival and departure of a small bird. Considering the birds most frequently seen in that area, the tracks likely were made by a chickadee or an Oregon junco. (Rich Landers)

Tracks: wildlife stories in the snow

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The weather presented only one brief opportunity for good tracking conditions through fresh snow during the nine-day Washington modern firearms elk hunting season that ended on Sunday. Fresh snow is to hunters what the pages of a book are to voracious readers....

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

Bedtime coming soon for grizzly cub

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- This grizzly bear cub photographed last month by Montana outdoor photographer Jaimie Johnson appears to have had a great first year in the field. In a few weeks, depending on the weather, this cub, its sibling and mother will be snuggling into...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 17, 2014

TUESDAY, OCT. 14, 2014

MONDAY, OCT. 13, 2014

A cow moose rests with her twins in the Ponderosa neighborhood. (Bob Fulton)

Ponderosa moose family livin' the life

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Moose in wild and not-so-wild areas are popular subjects for in Inland Northwest shutterbugs, as one can see in a glance on our Readers' Outdoor Photo Gallery. But some neighborhoods are more oriented to family living than others. "This moose family visits...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 7, 2014

FRIDAY, OCT. 3, 2014

Videos capture bears with cat-scratch fever

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The trail cam video of an Okanogan County black bear turning a scented tree into a massage parlor (at right) has been amusing thousands of viewers since it was posted this week by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Scott Fitkin....

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Number of wildlife populations that are declining, stable and increasing, according to 2014 report by the World Wildlife Fund (World Wildlife Fund)

Study: World's wildlife decline 52% since 1970

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- According to a new study, the World Wildlife Fund estimates that the overall number of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish declined 52 percent between 1970 and 2010. Previous surveys released in 2012 pegged the decline at 28 percent, but a closer...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 11, 2014

Bull moose during September in Montana. (Jaimie Johnson)

Bull moose a picture of autumn

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Montana outdoor photographer Jaimie Johnson caught this bull moose last week feeding among autumn colors. The moose, the largest member of the deer family in North America, is in the final stages of rubbing velvet off the huge antlers its grown since...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 22, 2014

Dr. Jocelyn Woodd removes holds a 3-week-old cougar kitten at the Mt. Spokane Veterinary Hospital. (Colin Mulvany)

Mountain lion kitten's captivity serves a purpose

WILDLIFE -- A three-week-old mountain lion kitten orphaned in northeastern Washington is headed for a zoo, and that's not all bad, state Fish and Wildlife Department officials say. “Education is important at American Zoological Association-accredited zoos, which have on-site staff to teach visitors about the...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 19, 2014

Using her paws, 9-year-old Kio flips a plastic box to position it under the hanging donuts as a footstool. The grizzly bear has started selecting the box over the tree stump, presumably because it is easier to manipulate, in a 2014 WSU study of whether bears can make use of tools. (Linda Weiford / WSU News)

WSU study: Can grizzlies make use of tools? 

WILDLIFE RESEARCH -- Washington State University researchers are learning whether grizzly bears make and use tools. With claws and teeth that can rip open anything from a beer can to beaver dens and moose carcasses, it seems as though tools would be unnecessary. But while...

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MONDAY, AUG. 18, 2014

FRIDAY, AUG. 15, 2014

A black bear cub in Montana watches its mother eat chokecherries. (Jaime Johnson)

Photo: Mom's lesson bears fruit for bear cub

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- While bears have a well-known taste for huckleberries, they also cash in on other fruits. This black bear sow appears to be giving its cub a lesson in the nutritional benefits of eating chokecherries, according to this great photo snapped this week...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 12, 2014

MONDAY, AUG. 11, 2014

Video: Momma bear gives cub tooth love

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The video above shows a savvy black bear sow doing what she needs to do to get her young cub out of danger from passing vehicles. The short video was shot along the busy highway through Canada's Kootenay National Park north of...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 5, 2014


WREN wildlife camp.

Send your kids to "wildlife" camp near Coeur d'Alene

NATURE -- WREN, a Coeur d'Alene-based environmental education and conservation nonprofit organization, is accepting applications for its July 11-12 wildlife camp for youths ages 11-13. The campers will meet in Coeur d'Alene before heading to wildlife education field trips in the lower Coeur d'Alene River...

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A female grizzly eyes her new habitat in the western Cabinet Mountains as she leaves a culvert trap in 2005. The bear, trapped in the North Fork of the Flathead River drainage, is one of more than a dozen that have been transplanted to the Cabinet-Yaak ecosystem over the years to boost the struggling grizzly bear population. 
 (The Spokesman-Review)

Two grizzly bears relocated to Cabinet Mountains

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Two female grizzly bears have been transplanted from the Whitefish Range to the Spar Lake area of the Cabinet Mountains as part of an ongoing effort to boost the struggling Cabinet-Yaak grizzly bear population. The 2-year-old siblings were captured in the Deadhorse...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2014

In this 1987 photo released by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, a wolf stands in the snow near Ishpeming, Mich. Once hunted to near extinction, gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region and the northern Rocky Mountains have rebounded. (courtesy)

Statistics to help Montana count wolves 

PREDATORS -- The bottom line is that state's can't afford to continue spending millions of dollars to monitor wolf populations. There has to be an easier more affordable way. Montana researchers come up with a new way to count wolves Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks'...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2014

MONDAY, JUNE 16, 2014

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