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Hundreds of elk streamed across a road near Ellensburg last week. The migration was caught on video near Puget Sound Energy’s Wild Horse Wind and Solar facility.
Idaho House Majority Leader Mike Moyle wants to write the state’s current roadkill salvage rules into state law, and add an additional provision: That motorists can shoot a badly injured animal they’ve struck, to put it out of its misery.
Steve Clark has learned that roadkill can be as delicious as the “fresh” deer and elk he hunts. The Spokane man accounts for two of some 1,600 salvage permits issued in the first 12 months of Washington’s program for picking up deer and elk killed in vehicle collisions.
During a dump run on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a Silver Valley man wasn’t expecting to see two Confederate flags on a pickup belonging to a transfer station employee. But Jon Ruggles did. He protested to a Solid Waste Department official who sent the complaint to the Shoshone County prosecutor. All Ruggles has gotten for his trouble so far is grief from neighbors and the letters to the local newspaper that side with the Confederate flag-loving employee.
WILDLIFE – Farmers feed the world, but 24 volunteers from a Spokane sportsman’s club are putting meat on the plates of homeless people by harvesting dead or dying big-game animals along the region’s roads. The Inland Northwest Wildlife Council’s Big Game Recovery crew is authorized by a state permit to pick up salvageable road-killed deer, elk and moose primarily in Spokane County.
For the first time in seven years, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s annual hide and fur auction is set to take place in Coeur d’Alene. The department sells hides, furs, antlers and horns confiscated from poachers or taken from roadkill. The auction, held in different locations across the state, raises money for Fish and Game’s general fund.