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A wood duck graces the 2009 federal junior duck stamp, with artwork by Lily Spang, 16, of Toledo, Ohio. (The Spokesman-Review)

Birds flock to family's ponds, nest boxes

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Birds have giving a thumbs up, so to speak, for Ron Dexter and the seven wildlife ponds he's built on the family property near Mount Spokane over the years. "Besides great blue herons, belted kingfishers, etc., our main attractions are the wood...

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A cougar investigates and feedlot area near Chewelah in March 2011 as photographed by this motion-activated camera. (Courtesy photo)

Winter hay lures deer -- cougar, too

WILDLIFE -- Mountain lions don't eat hay, but this veggie bar spready out near Chewelah this winter likely attracted plenty of deer. Cougars like an all-you-can eat buffet deal as much as anyone. This photo is amon several snapped of cougars in February and March...

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The skiing movie Signatures is featured in the World Tour from the Telluride Mountain Film Festival. (Michael Produc / Telluride Mountain Film Festival)

Telluride Mountain Film Fest coming to Moscow

WILDERNESS -- The Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation is bringing the Telluride Mountain Film Festival back to North Idaho on April 8, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, 508 South Main St. in Moscow. The Telluride Mountainfilm Festival is a...

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From left, Mike Madel, grizzly bear management specialist for Fish, Wildlife & Parks on the Rocky Mountain Front, and Russ Talmo, FWP bear management technician, weigh and conduct a body condition index on an adult male grizzly bear.  (MIKE MADEL)

Northern Montana grizzly bears show some growth

WILDLIFE -- The grizzly population in northwestern Montana is growing at 3 percent a year -- not bad for grizzlies, experts say. The grizzly is still being scrutinized for removal from threatened species status. Last year, 941 grizzlies were roaming the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem,...

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Oregon finds abusers of wildlife tax benefit

CONSERVATION -- An Oregon tax incentive to preserve wildlife habitat has been grossly abused by some property owners forcing the state to put the brakes on new sign ups until oversight is beefed up. In one case, a homeowner received tax deductions for "wildlife habitat"...

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The Steele Turkey Farm on Moran Prairie.  (The Spokesman-Review)

Wild turkey pre-running Bloomsday course

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- I'm a little late getting into the office today, distracted by a wild turkey crossing in front of the S-R building and heading west on Riverside Ave., across Monroe Street -- traffic kindly giving it the right of way in a Spokane-friendly...

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MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2011

Angler caught getting high on fishing

FISHING -- It's routine nowadays for Fish and Wildlife police to deal with illegal activity that has nothing to do with fish or wildlife. Last week, an officer patrolling the TucannonRiverand Wooten Wildlife Area observed a man on Big 4 Lake, which is “Fly Fishing...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2011


Thursday is opening day of general seasons to hunt spring gobblers such as this in Idaho and Washington. Idaho’s youth turkey season is under way through Wednesday. (File)

How old is that gobbler? 

HUNTING -- "I got a good 7-year-old bird," the camo-clad hunter proudly said when the wildlife biologist asked if he'd had any luck. When Joel Glover asked how the hunter knew the age of the bird, the Alabama biologist got a look of disdain as...

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Several dozen great blue herons were perched on pilings in the Pend
Oreille River at Usk, Washington Tuesday, March 2, 2010. Area birding
enthusiasts said this is the time of year large groups of the giant
birds can be seen migrating and resting in certain areas, such as the
Pack River Delta along Lake Pend Oreille. Soon they will disperse in
smaller groups to nesting rookeries in cottonwoods or other woodlands
near water. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Prime time for seeing tundra swans

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- With lakes losing their ice caps and rain saturating the region's wetlands, this is prime time to view the waterfowl migration throughout the region. Reports are coming in of big congregations of tundra swans, ducks as well as sandhill cranes and other...

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Dogs killing deer is not a new problem in the Inland Northwest. Packs of two or more dogs roaming freely can take advantage of deer in deep snow or crusty snow that makes running difficult for hooved animals. Even house pets can revert to deadly predatory instincts when allowed to roam around deer that struggle to survive during winter. This deer was dragged down in a harrowing few minutes as at least three dogs bit chunks of flesh from its body before it finally succumbed. The 2004 incident prompted a story in The Spokesman-Review following a tip from a resident. (Rich Landers)

Deer dogged in Stevens County  

WILDLIFE -- Stevens county elected officials are constantly belittling state and federal wildlife managers for their lack of effort in controlling the wildlife devastation caused by wolves and coyotes, however valid that might be. But when it comes to taking care of the canines under...

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MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2011

A whitetail deer near Liberty Lake has a plastic Halloween pumpkin stuck on its face. (Dianna Sellers)

Deer with bucket on face has disappeared

WILDLIFE -- Washington Fish and Wildlife officers responded to a Newman Lake residence today after reading my blog item about a deer with a Halloween bucket stuck on its face. The whitetail and her two fawns had come into the family's barnyard three nights in...

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Wild turkeys are numerous in and out of towns around Spokane and Coeur d'Alene, and sometimes they're nuisances, too. (Troy Maben)

Another busy week for Wildlife cops

WILDLIFE COPS -- In addition to clamping down on people who disregard wildlife habitat (see previous post) Washington Fish and Wildlife police kept busy last week with a wide range of duties, not the least of which was conducting a hot-spot elk hunt to curb...

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Giraffes by photographer Darell Gulin. (Darell Gulin)

Sign up for outdoor photography seminar

OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY – An internationally known professional photographer and lecturer from Issaquah will conduct the annual Photographic Society of America Spring Seminar in Spokane, April 2-3, hosted by local camera clubs. Darrell Gulin will be at Spokane Community College Lair Building focusing on a wide...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 2011

Gun powder needed for hunter education

HUNTING -- Hunters education classes can use any gun powder that might be sitting unneeded in shops or basements of the region's hunters and reloaders. "We do a powder burning demonstration for our classes to demonstrate the different burn rates for rifle, shotgun, pistol and...

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Hunter ed classes filling at Big Horn Show

HUNTING -- This year's hunter education classes offered by the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council were filling fast at the sign-up table at the Big Horn Outdoor Recreation Show on Saturday. Classes in May were full by Saturday morning and April probably filled before the day...

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