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TUESDAY, JAN. 21, 2014

Bald eagles fight over a dead horse. (courtesy)

Trail cam catches battling bald eagles 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Sometimes trail cams are flat out lucky -- as effective as a pro photographer at snapping the shutter at precisely the right moment to capture wildlife in action. Here's a case in point. The two photos, provided by a reader, show not...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 27, 2013

A mountain lion, also known as a cougar. (Associated Press)

Some cougar hunting areas to close

HUNTING -- Cougar hunts in several areas of the state will close at dusk on Dec. 31 as harvest guidelines for the animals have been reached in those areas, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Thursday. Eight of the 49 cougar hunt areas...

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TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2013

FILE - In this August 2012 file photo provided by Wolves of the Rockies, the Lamar Canyon wolf pack moves on a hillside in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. As the progeny of wolves reintroduced to Yellowstone and central Idaho in 1995 and 1996 spread across the West, an accidental experiment has developed. A temporary court order has made Oregon a wolf-safe zone, where wildlife agents are barred from killing wolves that attack livestock. Over the past year, the numbers of wolves has risen to 46 in Oregon, but livestock attacks have remained static. In neighboring Idaho, the number livestock attacks rose dramatically as the numbers of wolves killed by hunters and wildlife agents also increased. (Wolves Of The Rockies)

Feds delay decision on wolf de-listing 

PREDATORS -- Federal wildlife officials are postponing a much-anticipated decision on whether to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states. In a court filing Monday in Billings, Mont., government attorneys say "a recent unexpected delay" is indefinitely holding up action on the...

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FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013


After placing an electronic collar around the neck of a cow elk, biologists work to take other samples before the animal awakens during a recent elk capturing operation in the southern Bitterroot Valley. Biologists will begin fanning out across the region to begin gathering information about mountain lions as part of three year study. (Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks)

Study: Elk rebounding in Bitterroot Valley 

WILDLIFE -- Elk numbers in Montana's Bitterroot Valley are up this year mostly because of better calf survival, according to reseachers. This year’s aerial spring count found 7,373 elk in the five hunting districts that encircle the Bitterroot Valley. That's the fourth highest number of...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2013

This Sept. 13, 2004 file photo shows wildlife Biologist Linda Thurston of Defenders of Wildlife untangling a string of fladry, a non-lethal system for protecting livestock from wolves, on a ranch in the Paradise Valley, Mont. Research shows the flags, often backed up by an electriclaly charged wire, somehow make wolves less likely to cross the line, offering protection for livestock that are bunched up at calving time. For the past year, ranchers in Oregon have had to rely on non-lethal systems like fladry, because a temporary court order has barred wildlife officials from killing wolves that attack livestock. Though the numbers of wolves has risen to 46, the numbers of livetock attacks are down. (Garrett Cheen / Ap Photo By Garrett Cheen/the Livingston Enterprise) )

Will red ribbons deter wolves from livestock? 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Some pro-wolf groups say hanging red ribbons on fences around pastures will protect cattle from wolf attacks. The theory is getting another test this spring in the Wenatchee area, site of the most recently documented new wolf pack in Washington. Question: Does...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2013

THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2013

A reader submitted this photo snapped April 17 off I-90 between Wallace and Mullan.  Wildlife experts guess it's likely a wolf hybrid, but they can't be sure. (Jennifer Carter)

Seen near Wallace: Is it wolf or dog? 18 

WILDLIFE -- A reader submitted this photo snapped Wednesday off I-90 between Wallace and Mullan. She said the eyes appeared blue like those of a husky, but the animal ran away as though it were wild. What's your guess? Wolf, wolf hybrid or husky? Click...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2013

FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2013

Western gray wolf photographed in Montana. (Tracy Brooks / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Wolf status summed up for Idaho, Mont., Wyo. 27 

PREDATORS -- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists weighed in today, confirming that the Northern Rockies gray wolf population has remained sustainable two years after wolves lost their endangered species protections in most of the region. The latest wolf status updates on 2012 wolf monitoring...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2013

An ear-tagged wolf stands by an elk carcass with another wolf in the distance in this photo captured on March 24, 2013, by a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife remote research video camera. The image supported department officials in declaring the existance of the Wenatchee Pack, the 10th confirmed wolf pack in the state.   The ear-tagged wolf originated from the Teanaway Pack. (Washington Fish and Wildlife Department)

The first year of a wolf, from conception

WILDLIFE -- Northern Rockies gray wolf packs are highly structured socially. Only the alpha male and alpha female breed. Generally, according to Washington Fish and Wildlife biologists: Mating occurs in January. Pups are born in dens in April and the pack supports the nursing mother...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013

This track was left, apparently by a wolf, near the carcass of an elk in Avery, Idaho.

Idaho reports 11 percent decrease in wolves during 2012 

PREDATORS -- Idaho's gray wolf population at the end of 2012 was at least 683, a decrease of 11 percent from 2011, according to the federally required annual state wolf monitoring report (http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/wildlife/wolves/) posted online today by the Idaho Fish and Game Department. Humans killed...

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A gray wolf.   (File Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Montana revisiting wolf management plan

PREDATORS -- With wolves stacking up in northeastern Washington at an alarming rate, perhaps Washington ought to take a cue from Montana, which has announced plans to review the guidelines set in the state's wolf management plan. Montana is rounding up the state's disbanded 12-member...

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MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2013

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