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In brief: All game and fish possession requires documentation

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Helping a friend or family member haul a deer or elk out of the mountains can get a person a ticket without proper documentation. Same goes for transporting or sharing game fish.

Idaho rules say any person who transports any wildlife or fish for another person or receives any wildlife or fish for cleaning, processing, as a gift, or for storage must have a written proxy statement signed by the person who killed the animal specifying the numbers and species of wildlife, date taken, hunter’s name and address, license, tag and permit numbers.

The tag should remain attached to the carcass.

A proxy form is available on Page 102 of the 2014 Idaho Big Game Seasons and Rules, all other seasons and rules brochures, or on the Fish and Game website.

Washington’s big-game hunting rules pamphlet deals with transporting wildlife on page 81:

“If you transport or possess wildlife (or parts) killed by someone else, you must possess a written statement showing the name, address, license, permit or tag number; the number and kind of animal provided, the date killed, county, and area it was taken in, and the hunter’s signature.”

Washington’s fishing rules pamphlet also deals with the topic on page 12:

“You may not … possess another person’s Game Fish unless it is accompanied by a statement showing the name, address, license number, date, county, and area where it was taken, and the signature of the angler who harvested it.”

Centennial Trail brief closure

The Centennial Trail at Sullivan Bridge is being closed during the daytime hours this week because of construction.

The closures started Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and will continue through Friday, Spokane Valley engineers say.

Workers are building a protective trail covering beneath the northbound bridge. 

Signs are redirecting trail users via Indiana Avenue between the old Mission Avenue trailhead and the ramp located west of the bridge.

Collared wolf located in Utah

A gray wolf that had been radio collared in North Idaho was last seen 850 miles away running around in Utah with 15 months worth of valuable information around its neck.

Jim Hayden, Idaho’s lead carnivore biologist, said the wolf had been trapped 14 miles south of the U.S.-Canada border and fitted with a radio collar as a 3-year-old on July 28, 2013.

“We lost communication with it three weeks later,” he said, indicating that the wolf had quickly roamed out of the territory being monitored by Idaho researchers.

The 4-year-old male has been verified on the south slope of the Uinta Mountains in Duchesne County by Brian Maxfield, a biologist with the Utah Division of Natural Resources who was doing telemetry monitoring on other wildlife.

“The collar is designed to go off around Sept. 1, 2016,” Hayden said. “I sure wish they’d capture it in Utah to get that collar. All of the information on where it’s been since 2013 is stored in that unit.”

Post Falls boat launch closing

The Q’emiln Park boat launch ramp on the Spokane River in Post Falls will be closed for the season beginning Monday, Oct. 27. The ramp, located upstream of Avista’s Post Falls Hydroelectric Development, is typically closed each year in November due to weather and dropping water levels.

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