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Teens burglarize taxidermy business

Four teens made off with a stuffed animal menagerie in Mead on Monday night, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.


Giving wild critters handouts can have unforseen consequences

Two Seattle women had all night near a wilderness lake to contemplate the consequences of wildlife being habituated to humans. Allyson Kemp, 42, and Sara Esrick, 44, had driven the …


Researcher cited for hand-feeding bears

A Minnesota bear researcher with a following of admirers is generating controversy and legal action for his practice of hand-feeding wild bears. The Department of Natural Resources is in court …


Landers: Big-game research a big game of pain

Although not in the job description for a wildlife biologist, it helps if you can take a punch. Woody Myers, a Washington Fish and Wildlife Department big-game researcher, has handled …


Landers: Big-game research a big game of pain

Although not in the job description for a wildlife biologist, it helps if you can take a punch.


Landers: Wolf presentation focuses on gray areas

State agencies charged with managing wolves that are naturally repopulating their range in Washington are poked like dead meat in every direction by sportsmen, ranchers, wolf-loving zealots and rural district …


Rock Doc: Brains work differently among tame, wild animals

When I get home from work, I like to play with my old dog, Buster Brown. Despite his membership in the canine branch of the AARP, Buster still likes to …


Elk hoof rot confounds state officials

As the Department of Fish and Wildlife receives more reports of elk with painful limping near Mount St. Helens, the agency is asking for help from researchers as far away …


Field reports: Requirements enacted for fishing guides

FISHING – Washington sport-fishing guides will have to meet basic requirements for first aid training, boat and business licensing and insurance under a law that takes effect July 28. Gov. …


Skunked dog? Landers has recipe for remedy

Any hunting dog with gift for finding birds also has a nose for trouble. It’s in the contract you accept when a pup joins your world. That’s why I’m always …


Landers: WFWD needs public’s help

“Wolves are the most challenging wildlife issue on the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department’s plate this year, bar none,” says Nate Pamplin, assistant director. “And we don’t want to be …


Landers: WFWD needs public’s help

“Wolves are the most challenging wildlife issue on the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department’s plate this year, bar none,” says Nate Pamplin, assistant director. “And we don’t want to be …


Dairy education planned after abuse

TWIN FALLS, Idaho – More education for dairy employees on animal welfare is planned following an undercover video at a south-central Idaho dairy showing mistreatment of animals, an associate professor …


Field Reports: Road-kill pick-up crew salvages tons of meat

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 …


Disease dooms Tieton bighorns near Yakima

YAKIMA – Five or six years ago, the Tieton bighorn herd included nearly 200 sheep. Now it has fewer than 10 – the same ones drivers occasionally see licking U.S. …


Landers: Wolf repatriation continues to confound

Washington’s moose, elk and deer herds do not yet appear to be suffering heavy losses from the revival of gray wolves, so far, to the best of the Fish and …


Idaho wolf population decreased by 11 percent in 2012

Idaho’s gray wolf population fell by 11 percent in 2012, less than wildlife managers hoped for considering the state’s extended hunting and trapping seasons plus agency animal control efforts. At …


Biologists search for answers to decline of moose

They seem invincible, the largest species in the deer family, 6-feet tall at the shoulders with mature bulls averaging 1,000 pounds. Yet the moose subspecies found in the lower 48 …


Moose declining in Idaho, spreading in Washington

Moose in Washington appear to be bucking the decline that’s plaguing the animals across most of the lower 48 states, a Washington Fish and Wildlife Department biologist says. Rich Harris, …


Out & About: Poacher offers $6K to ease conscience

OUTREPENT – Saying he’s been burdened with guilt, a Montana man has mailed Washington wildlife officials $6,000 to compensate for deer he said he killed illegally – more than 40 …


Landers: Spring has already sprung for wildlife

The early hint of spring weathering into the region this week is a game-changer for outdoorsmen, but merely a confirmation of what’s already under way for wildlife. Skiers coming off …


Landers: Spring has already sprung for wildlife

The early hint of spring weathering into the region this week is a game-changer for outdoorsmen, but merely a confirmation of what’s already under way for wildlife.


Yakima elk have love-hate history

NACHES, Wash. – One hundred years. That’s how long the Yakima elk herd has been here – at least in its current incarnation, the one that grew from fewer than …


Landers: Hunting is serious business

Hunting is the ultimate form of tough love. Sportsmen donate to habitat conservation and snap photos of fawns with the same fascination they focused on the first steps of their …


Technology, volunteers boost northeastern Washington whitetail study

An ambitious research project is under way to shed light on the mysterious movements of white-tailed deer through the thick cover of northeastern Washington. The study area in Stevens, Pend …


Landers: Bird watching an activity worth feeding - responsibly

“It’s the best Christmas present we could have given her,” said my wife, Meredith, after finishing a phone call with her mother. One 40-pound bag of black-oil sunflower seeds and …


Council appoves 20-year deal with SCRAPS

There were no surprises Tuesday as the Spokane Valley City Council voted to start a new, 20-year animal control contract with the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service. The council …


Landers column goes hog wild

Human beings would have gone the way of the dodo without critters. Along with suffering through evolution shivering, starving and lonesome, we also would have been at a loss for …


Landers goes hog wild with column

Animal-based phrases are rooted in our language. They have become clichés hawk-eyed editors delete. Nevertheless, the public continues to pass them through the generations.


Conservationists team up with ranchers, loggers

FRIANT, Calif. (AP) — Two cowboys on horses pushed cattle across an expanse of golden hills overgrown with tall grasses and oak trees, up an unpaved road toward another pasture. …