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Moose typically mate between late September and mid-October. During this time – known as the rut – bull moose descend from higher, cooler elevations, looking to mate.
The public views Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge as a sanctuary for migratory birds, elk, deer, moose and predators and a destination for hiking and outdoor photography.
Turnbull Wildlife Refuge is back open Monday after closing late last week over concerns prompted by the armed occupation of a refuge in eastern Oregon.
The occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon, by armed militia members has prompted the closure of the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge near Cheney.
WILDLIFE -- A good time for a good cause.
Signs of spring emerge on a sunny, windy day at Turnbull Wildlife Refuge in 2010.
Because of politics, the gates are locked at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge and a Washington hunter has lost what may be his last chance in a lifetime to hunt elk with a special permit. River rafters collectively have wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars on Grand Canyon trips scuttled by the impasse thousands of miles away in Washington, D.C.
“I never wanted it to be a hunting club,” said John Bruce, who founded the Columbia Plateau Wildlife Management Association 12 years ago. “Some wanted that, but I held firm.” The group manages hunting access to 6,550 acres of private land near Cheney, a number that’s likely to increase by 2,000 acres this winter. Hunters selected for access permits hunt free of charge while participating landowners are paid $1-$2 an acre.
FISHING – As a divisive debate on managing non-native lake trout with native cutthroats and popular kokanee at Priest Lake continues, Idaho Fish and Game officials will hold a public meeting Thursday in Priest River. Biologists will present an evaluation of the fisheries and the results of opinion surveys starting at 7 p.m. at Priest River Senior Center, 339 W. Jackson Center.