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MONDAY, DEC. 20, 2010

Bill Pirami photographed this duck with a stainless steel blowgun dart in its head. This was one of five ducks documented as being shot with blowgun darts in Billings' Riverfront Park. (Bill Pirami)

Jerks use wildlife as blowgun fodder

WILDLIFE -- Last week I shared a photo of a wild turkey feeding and gettng along somehow in North Spokane, even though it had been skewered with an arrow by a less-than-worthy archer.Today we get an even grimmer report from Billings, where wildlife photographers have...

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Eagle-killers sentenced in Yakima

WILDLIFE CRIMES -- Two Yakama Nation tribal members have been sentenced to six months in federal prison for killing and selling more than 100 bald and golden eagles.Alfred L. Hawk and William R. Wahsise, both in their 20s, pleaded guilty to taking, selling or transporting...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 17, 2010

Video: Into a black bear's winter den

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Bring any kids in the house over to watch this entertaining video of a Canadian TV humorist joining bear biologists as they crawl into a winter den to put a radio collar on an almost hibernating black bear. Hint: They find three...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 15, 2010

A white wild turkey feeds with a flock of normal wild turkeys in north Spokane County. (Evan Johnson)

Wild turkeys toughest bird around

WILD FOWL -- In a testament to the species' hardiness, reports of white wild turkeys among the region's big wintering flocks are fairly common.First, one must marvel that there are big wintering flocks after two bad winters in the past three years followed by this...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 14, 2010

Bear barks up wrong tree 

WILDLIFE -- Hunting from a tree stand puts a hunter's scent above the ground, where critters often come and go without a clue that a human is present.Sometimes the critters don't come and go, through. Sometimes they just keep coming.Check out this video of a...

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This pair of moose  roamed around Hauser Lake on Sunday. Agencies are getting more complaints about wildlife munching on local gardens.
 (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Moose in the yard? Chill

WILDLIFE -- Winter weather is tempting moose to wander into towns and neighborhoods to nibble tender landscaping plants. In most cases, Idaho Fish and Game Department officers recommend giving the moose a day or two to find its way back into the wild. "It found...

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MONDAY, DEC. 13, 2010

FRIDAY, DEC. 10, 2010

Highway underpass a hit with critters

WILDLIFE -- A month after a wildlife underpass opened under Idaho Highway 21 east of Boise, the animals seem to be getting the hang of it, according to the Idaho Statesman.Boise River Wildlife Management Area manager Ed Bottum says the animals almost immediately began using...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 30, 2010

Moose highlight Iller Creek hike 

WILDLIFE -- Early Sunday morning, Ken Mondal of Spokane took advantage of the fresh powder and for a snowshoe hikeup the East Ridge of Iller Creek to Big Rocks, an excellent public natural area west of the Dishman-Mica Road.Coming around a switchback on the new...

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MONDAY, NOV. 29, 2010

A whitetail buck fell dead in the background after battling a concrete lawn ornament in Wisconsin. (La Crosse Tribune)

Buck loses head-butt battle with lawn ornament

WILDLIFE -- Wisconsin whitetails apparently are willing to challenge any bull elk that come wandering into their turf during the rut.In an early November battle, a whitetail buck fought to the death with a 640-pound concrete elk lawn ornament. Both critters suffered serious damage.The La...

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SUNDAY, NOV. 28, 2010

This anonymously received e-mail photo features three white-tailed deer during breeding season. (Anonymous)

Rutting deer not for prudish blog viewers 

WILDLIFE -- I'm posting this anonymously received photo showing a ménage à trois of white-tailed deer purely in the interest of natural science.Perhaps it demonstrates the natural intensity of the rut, or it's just two bucks with an unnatural tendency to make love rather than...

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SATURDAY, NOV. 27, 2010

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