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Where To See Wild Animals

Here’s a sampling of the many public wildlife attractions in the Inland Northwest.

1. BIGHORN SHEEP

Where: Winter feeding station, Noisy Creek Campground, south end of Sullivan Lake.

Season: Mid-December through mid-February

Contact: Sullivan Lake Ranger District, 446-7500.

Other options: Snake River between Asotin, Wash., and Grande Ronde River; Yakima River Canyon’s Manastash Ridge; National Bison Range at Moiese, Mont.

2. HATCHERY TROUT SPAWNING

Where: Outdoor pool at Spokane Fish Hatchery, 2927 W. Waikiki Rd.

Season: December

Contact: Book guided tours, Mondays and Tuesday through Bob and Dora Bates, Washington Senior Environmental Corps, 328-7327.

Other options: Chinook salmon at Tucannon Hatchery near Pomeroy.

3. TUNDRA SWANS

Where: Calispell Lake, west of Usk, Wash., from Westside Calispell Road.

Season: November and March

Contact: None (Private land, viewing from road only)

Other options: Reardan Slough, just north of Reardan off State Highway 231.

4. MOUNTAIN GOATS

Where: Flume Creek viewing site, two miles west of Metaline, Wash., on road to Crawford State Park.

Season: March through June

Contact: Sullivan Lake Ranger Station, (509) 446-7500.

Other options: Snow Peak in Panhandle National Forest’s Avery Ranger District.

5. GREAT BLUE HERONS

Where: Little Spokane River Natural Area, from trail between Indian Painted Rocks and Highway 291.

Season: March through October

Contact: Riverside State Park, 456-3964.

Other options: Lower Coeur d’Alene River chain lakes between Rose Lake and Harrison.

6. BALD EAGLES

Where: Long Lake Dam picnic area at bridge across Spokane River on State Highway 231.

Season: December through February

Contact: Washington Water Power, 482-8636

Other options: Lake Coeur d’Alene’s Wolf Lodge Bay; Pend Oreille River north of Newport; Granite Creek on Lake Pen Oreille.

7. BIG GAME

Where: National Bison Range at Moeise, Mont., holds pronghorns, deer, elk, bighorn sheep and bison.

Season: Year-round, although road access limited in winter.

Contact: National Bison Range, (406) 644-2211.

Other options: Oak Creek Wildlife Area winter feeding stations off Highway 12 about 20 miles west of Yakima.

VIEWING TIPS AND ETHICS

* Bring binoculars for close observations from a distance that won’t disturb the wildlife.

* Except in winter, game animals tend to be most active early and late in the day.

* Be mindful of seasons. For example, ospreys are plentiful in North Idaho during summer, but most leave during winter.

* Move slowly and quietly.

* Use field guides.

* Be patient. Natural areas aren’t zoos. Look for tracks and other signs of wildlife when the creatures aren’t there.

, DataTimes ILLUSTRATION: 5 Color photos Map showing wildlife viewing areas, keyed to text

MEMO: See related story under headline: Keeping an eye out for Wildlife

See related story under headline: Keeping an eye out for Wildlife

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