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TUESDAY, FEB. 22, 2011

More swans sighted, but big freeze coming

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Another report on tundra swans in the region, this one coming from Warren Current in the Colville area: "Yesterday afternoon I saw seven tundra swans along the shoreline of Lake Roosevelt just south of Colville Flats (Highway 25). Other species in the...

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MONDAY, FEB. 21, 2011

SUNDAY, FEB. 20, 2011

THURSDAY, FEB. 17, 2011

TUESDAY, FEB. 15, 2011

MONDAY, FEB. 14, 2011

Another busy week for Spokane Region wildlife cops

WILDLIFE ENFORCEMENT – The usual suspects and activities kept Washington Fish and Wildlife officers plenty busy, according to the latest weekly report. But before getting to the criminal activity, its worth noting that the officers occasionally have to laugh at themselves. Several flocks of turkeys...

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Nuisance moose may get paint job from officers

WILDLIFE -- Washington Fish Wildlife officers have been armed witha new weapon to deal with nuisance moose. Six paint ball guns and accessories valued at more that $1,200 were given to the Spokane region thanks to a donation from the Northwest Sportsman’s Club in Spokane....

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THURSDAY, FEB. 10, 2011

TUESDAY, FEB. 8, 2011

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 26, 2011

MONDAY, JAN. 24, 2011

A sub-zero air temperature produces fog around waterfowl huddled on a pond at sunrise.  (Associated Press)

Let winter get you down

WATERFOWL -- These ducks are offering their free services as models to promote the effective qualities of down insulation as they hang out comfortably on the ice in below-zero conditions. Down is the lightest most compressible and efficient natural insulator for cold weather clothing. But...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 19, 2011

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)

Wintering deer harassed by dogs 

WILDLIFE ENFORCEMENT -- Washington Fish and Wildlife Deparment agents in the Spokane Region spent an unusually large amount of time last week responding to complaints about free-roaming dogs harassing deer. At least five incidents showed up on the department's weekly report on enforcement officer activity....

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TUESDAY, JAN. 18, 2011

Bill to extend hound hunting heard

LEGISLATING WILDLIFE – Washington lawmakers heard a mixed bag of testimony at a hearing today on continuing the pilot program that allows the use of hounds for hunting cougars. HB 1124 seeks to extend the program in a portion of Klickitat County as well as...

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Today's CdA bald eagle count: 64

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Bald eagles are dispersing from their annual gathering to feast on kokanee at Lake Coeur d'Alene, but they're not gone by any means. Carrie Hugo, U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist, just returned from her weekly survey of the the lake's...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 16, 2011

A badger excavates a den on Jan. 15, 2009 at the L.T. Murray Wildlife Area near Wenas, WA!
 (Alan Bauer)

Critters carry on during winter

WILDLIFE -- While some ground-dwelling creatures snoose away the winter, others are up for everything from hunting to major construction projects. Badgers, the middle linebackers of the weasel family, aren't timid about winter when bare ground is available. Badgers normally eat ground squirrels, gophers and...

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MONDAY, JAN. 10, 2011

SUNDAY, JAN. 9, 2011

On Jan. 8, 2011, the matched pair of whitetail buck antlers above were photographed just as Rich Landers found them in the Snake River breaks.  This buck appears to have snapped his head down and shed both antlers at once.  Ah, relief.

 (Rich Landers)

New-year deer feel light-headed

WILDLIFE -- It's the shedding season for the area's deer, elk and moose. Even the biggest bucks and bulls are getting rid of their head-gear and looking a lot like the girls. In early December, Hal Meenach, a landowner south of Spokane, reported seeing the...

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Food lures WA bears from hibernation

WILDLIFE -- Eastern Washington's arctic cold snap has had one advantage you might not have considered: It's kept the bears in their dens. In the milder climate of Western Washington, an unusually high number of bears are staying active into the winter and causing problems...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 2, 2011

A whitetail doe browses on a cold morning near the Sunset Hill in west Spokane on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2010. (Todd Klement)

Cold days prime for wildlife viewing

WILDLFIE WATCHING -- Todd Klement, who lives in Spokane west of Highway 195, bought himself a pair of snowshoes for Christmas, and this morning was prime time to try them out in 9 inches of fresh powder and 0 degree temperatures. He didn't have to...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 30, 2010

Bighorn sheep graze  in the Yakima River Canyon in 2008.  (File Associated Press)

Region's bighorns slammed by disease

WILDLIFE -- Bighorn sheep took a big hit in the Yakima region as well as in Western Montana in 2010, and no one can say the carnage is over. Pneumonia killed many of the bighorns outright while wildlife managers shot and killed even more to...

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MONDAY, DEC. 27, 2010

Week's wildlife enforcement highlights

WILDLIFE COPS -- Patrolling for illegal snowmobilers in caribou country, tracking down the source of sick farm-raised Idaho elk dumped in Washington, dealing with moose in yards and haystacks -- all in a week's work for Washington Fish and Wildlife Department enforcement officers on the...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 24, 2010

Sandhill cranes are an annual spring attraction near Othello.   (File Associated Press)

Othello cancels Sandhill Crane Festival

WATCHABLE WILDLIFE -- The 2011 Othello Sandhill Crane Festival has been canceled. Organizers told The Columbia Basin Herald there weren't enough volunteers for the event, which usually has been held in March for the past 13 years. The festival celebrated the arrival of the migrating...

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