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MONDAY, JUNE 16, 2014



This bull moose let hikers know he didn't want them getting any closer to a cow moose he was courting (dark spot in the background) in the Dishman Hills on Sept. 26.  Laura Visco snapped this photo as she backed away, "and I wasn't using telephoto," she said. The bull and cow later ran at the group forcing them to take refuge in rock cliffs and going off-trail to get out of the area.   (Photo by Laura Visco) (Photo Visco / The Spokesman Review)

Inland Northwest bucket list: moose chase 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- I was minding my own business running through the woods near my South Side house this morning at 5:30 a.m. with my dog when the yearling bull moose started chasing us. Your bucket list isn't complete unless you've had that thrilling experience....

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TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 2014


Two of wolf OR7’s pups peek out from a log on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, June 2, 2014. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Wandering wolf, OR-7, and new mate have pups

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The speculation is over on whether Oregon's famous radio-collared wandering wolf has a mate. OR-7 and its mate have produced pups, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed. See other images of OR-7, its mate and other Oregon wolves at...

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A cow moose with her newborn calf near Twin Lakes on May 25, 2014. (Edward Cairns)

Moose-Palooza at Twin Lakes 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Ed Cairns had a great critter-watching experience at the upstream end of Twin Lakes near the Washington-Idaho border. "Five moose eating and swimming in the video. "Lots of birds, even a couple of Great Blue is sitting on the fence line...

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FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2014

THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2014

The Bull River, near the giant cedars, with Ibex and Little Ibex peaks (Cabinet Mountains Wilderness) in the background. (Jaime Johnson)

Grizzlies isolated in Cabinet Mountains

THREATENED SPECIES -- Our big bears need lots of room to roam, something that's in short supply in our ever-more-developed world. Grizzly bears in NW Montana face trio of obstacles An estimated 45 grizzly bears reside in the Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem in the northwest corner of...

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A newborn white-tailed deer rests while its mother prepares to deliver another fawn. Twins are common among whitetails after a mild winter and during good forage conditions. (Jaimie Johnson)

Fawn photo: Big-game birthing season underway

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- "This is the first fawn we’ve seen this year – we took a couple quick images and moved on – mom was still working on having another one!" says Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson. Wildlife officials in Washington, Idaho and Montana all...

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MONDAY, MAY 19, 2014

FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2014

MONDAY, MAY 12, 2014

Remote camera photo of OR7 captured on 5/3/2014 in eastern Jackson County on USFS land. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

OR-7 may have found a wolf mate 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- OR-7, a wolf originally from northeast Oregon, may have found a mate in southwest Oregon’s Cascade Mountains, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reports. In early May, remote cameras on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest captured several images of what appears...

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FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014

TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2014

A bull and cow moose hang out in a North Spokane neighborhood on Oct. 21, 2013, before Washington Fish and Wildlife officers tranquilized them and moved them out of the Indian Trail neighborhood for public safety.  (Bryan Olesen)

Moose in the garden? It happens 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- A few years ago, I'd get several photos a week from readers sharing the sight of moose in their yards or on their walks or adventures. Nowadays I get very few. The reason: moose sightings are almost common. Phil Cooper of Idaho...

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MONDAY, MAY 5, 2014

Dandelion. (Rich Landers)

Dandelion: The weed that feeds

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- I was driving through Canada's Kootenay National Park in spring early in the morning one year when I spotted a black bear paralleling the highway in the vegetation along the road. I stopped and watched. The bear walked for a quarter mile...

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MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014


Still on the move: This Tuesday photo provided by the California Department of Fish and Game shows OR-7, the Oregon wolf that has trekked across two states looking for a mate, on a sagebrush hillside in Modoc County, Calif. A California Department of Fish and Game biologist spotted the wolf and took this photo while out visiting ranchers in the area. (Associated Press)

California to consider listing wolf endangered

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- A state board is considering endangered species status for the gray wolf endangered species status, giving it a chance at returning to California in significant numbers after a decades-long hiatus. Just one wolf from Oregon has been tracked in recent years crossing...

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This gray wolf pup is from the Calder Mountain pack along the Montana-Idaho border. Associated Press
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Counting wolves expensive; there must be a better way 14 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Under the endangered species regulations governing gray wolf recovery in the Northern Rockies, states must monitor wolf numbers and file annual status reports on wolf populations and packs. See stories about the latest wolf status reports for six states, including Idaho, Montana...

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