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Outdoors blog trapping archive

TUESDAY, FEB. 14, 2017

FRIDAY, DEC. 2, 2016

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

Fishers reintroduced to Mount Rainier National Park 

WILDLIFE -- Ten fishers were released by state and federal biologists today in the Nisqually River watershed of Mount Rainier National Park as part of a collaborative effort to restore the species to Washington. Fishers, a housecat-sized member of the weasel family, were eliminated from...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23, 2016




WEDNESDAY, FEB. 17, 2016

Trappers to gather, sell furs Saturday in CdA

TRAPPING -- A fur auction organized by the Intermountain Fur Harvesters Association is set for Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Panhandle Region office, 2885 W. Kathleen Ave. in Coeur d’Alene. The event replaces the fur sale previously held each...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 12, 2016

Canada lynx. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Idaho must alter lynx trapping, court says 14 

WILDLIFE -- In a lawsuit filed by animal protection groups, a federal judge has ruled that Idaho’s regulations for trapping furbearers in North Idaho violate the Endangered Species Act by allowing the inadvertent capture of federally protected Canada lynx. Here are details from the Associated...

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MONDAY, NOV. 16, 2015

Gray wolf track in snow. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Idaho wolf trapper courses set for Friday, Saturday 

PREDATORS -- Wolf trapper certification classes are being offered by the Idaho Fish and Game Department in the Panhandle Region on Friday and Saturday. Certification is required before a person can purchase wolf trapping tags. The course includes 6.5 hours of instruction including both classroom...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 27, 2015

TUESDAY, SEPT. 8, 2015

TUESDAY, JAN. 20, 2015

Gary Keller and his dog, Sherman, wear fluorescent orange while day hiking. (Rich Landers)

Video: how to keep your dog out of a trap

TRAPS -- A new educational video – Avoiding Wildlife Traps While Walking your Dog -- is available on Idaho Fish and Game’s website. The 9-minute video shows the variety of traps and snares dog owners may encounter while hiking or walking their pets and how...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 4, 2014

THURSDAY, AUG. 7, 2014

TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2014


Video: how to release pet dog from trap

WILDLIFE -- A new instructional video – Releasing your Dog from a Trap - is available on Idaho Fish and Game’s website and YouTube. The video doesn't come a day too soon, as several dogs in North Idaho already have been caught in traps intended...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 18, 2014

Gabrielle Duebendorfer, who lives near Sandpoint, poses with her Australian shepherds. Molly, left, was caught around the neck in a snare set by a wolf trapper in February. Duebendorfer was able to cut the cable as the dog choked.

Idaho facing up to more pets caught in traps 14 

TRAPPING -- I reported in December that pets, especially dogs, are vulnerable to traps set out near recreational trails. As if to emphasize the point, two dogs have been reported killed recently by traps in North Idaho. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 2, 2014

Wild turkeys appear to have had a great spring hatch after the tough winter.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Comment due on Idaho hunting-trapping proposals

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- Idaho Fish and Game is seeking public comments on proposed changes to the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 upland game, turkey and furbearer seasons. Comments are due on Friday, Jan. 3. Idaho Fish and Game proposes: To allow nonresident trappers to trap any species...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 19, 2013

THURSDAY, NOV. 14, 2013

Map shows which areas are open during the Idaho wolf trapping season.  (Molly Quinn)

Idaho wolf trapping season opens Friday

PREDATORS -- Idaho's wolf trapping season opens Friday, Nov. 15, in the wolf management zones in northern and eastern parts of the state. The trapping seasons runs through March 31 in the Panhandle zone, except in parts of units 2 and 3, and in the...

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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 ( 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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FRIDAY, FEB. 8, 2013

A gray wolf rests in tall grass in this undated photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (Associated Press)

Montana fast-tracks bill to expand wolf hunting 

PREDATORS -- A proposal to narrow wildlife management options and expand the state's wolf hunt is being fast-tracked through the Montana Legislature for the governor's, according to the Associated Press. The Montana Senate on Thursday suspended its rules so it could take initial and final...

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