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Saturday, October 19, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Area birding: Migratory Bird Day approaches

Local birding enthusiasts are stepping up to help the public celebrate Migratory Bird Day with activities geared to fledgling birders of all ages. • A three-session bird identification workshop is …


Wildlife officials kill black bear in Five Mile area

A black bear that had been causing problems for three weeks in backyards and garbage bins in the Five Mile area was killed by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife …


Out & About: Film on Oregon wolf’s journey screening at The Bing

OUTROAM – A documentary about a radio-collared gray wolf that captured international attention as it roamed for years from Oregon into California and back will screen in Spokane Friday and …


Landers: Moose issues spur tough decisions for wildlife officials

To euthanize or tranquilize? That is the question state wildlife officials must ask as a last resort when moose become a high-risk threat to humans. Spokane officers have had to …


Wolves, predators of caribou, will be killed by B.C. wildlife officials

Up to 24 wolves in British Columbia just north of Idaho will be shot by helicopter gunners this winter in an effort to save the 18 remaining southern Selkirk Mountains …


Estate planning should include provisions for pets

If Shirley Alexander and her husband die unexpectedly, they know exactly what will happen to their three beloved cats. Chloe, Oliver and Sophie are included in their will, just like …


Sullivan bighorn sheep boost to other herds

A small but tenacious herd of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep in northeastern Washington is being tapped once again to boost a struggling herd elsewhere in the state. Washington Department of …


Hunter fires gun during wolf encounter

A hunter who took a shot at a gray wolf after being virtually surrounded by a pack in northeastern Washington on Oct. 30 has been cleared of any wrongdoing by …


Cougar kitten found on Kettle Falls porch on road to recovery

A mountain lion kitten – with killer blue eyes, but too young and weak to prey on anything larger than a butterfly – is getting a one-way ticket from Eastern …


Early risers into region’s alpine areas weigh risk, reap rewards

Perhaps it’s incomprehensible to people stuck in the sweltering lowlands, but snow has been blocking portions of popular Northwest alpine backpacking routes in the Cascades and Rockies as late as …


Victim recounts Southern California shark attack

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A man who was attacked by a great white shark off a Southern California beach is describing how quickly a routine swim turned into a …


Officials plan to handle increased visitation to Glacer and protect its wildlife

Take a hike at Glacier National Park’s Logan Pass, and you’re almost guaranteed to see mountain goats. You’ll probably spot a bighorn sheep or two as well. The goats often …


Elk hoof rot disease raises further questions for wildlife experts

Elk in southwest Washington with severe symptoms of a disturbing hoof disease will likely be euthanized to put them out of their misery as no treatment has been found, Washington …


Preservation tactics

Researchers are setting snares in the Hughes Meadows area north of Priest Lake this month in an ongoing effort to capture grizzly bears and fit them with radio collars. As …


Animals always have a home

It took a week for the bullet to start working its way out of Jack’s head. What’s unusual is that when Jack’s owner, Christie Hausman, found out what the problem …


Critter watch: It’s better to leave wildlife babies alone

A wildlife population explosion takes place around this time every year and anyone can stumble onto a baby critter virtually anywhere outside. “Wild bird and mammal species typically produce young …


Pet project: Spokane painter memorializes animals for grieving families

They say all dogs go to heaven. In the Inland Northwest, the most special of our canine companions also make it to Pat Adams’ canvas. Adams is a Spokane painter …


Elk numbers spike in Blue Mountains

Elk hunters in southeastern Washington are getting good news. Blue Mountains surveys show the elk population has healthy levels of spikes and mature bulls.


Ghost-like moose proof that ticks suck

The graying look of moose you might see in the field this spring isn’t the result of old age. It’s likely the work of blood-sucking ticks.


Group dedicated to saving Sochi’s stray dogs

SOCHI, Russia – A silver-haired man smiled as he scratched the head of a restless puppy. A mother and her son admired two mutts snuggled in a brown wicker basket. …


Timing is of the essence for many wild animals

Winter doesn’t put a chill on the reproductive instincts of certain wild critters. When you’re hot, you’re hot, even if the temperatures are not. Critters such as wolves and great …


Timing is of the essence for many wild animals

Winter doesn’t put a chill on the reproductive instincts of certain wild critters. When you’re hot you’re hot even if the temperatures are not.


Out & About

Steinbeck boat at Port Townsend OUTWRITE – A vessel made famous by author John Steinbeck is sitting at a Port Townsend boatyard as the owner makes plans to move it …


Porcupine quiz taps sticky subject

OUTGUESS – The porcupine doesn’t get much press. Unless it’s eating the bark off one of your trees or adorning your dog’s nose with quills, you might never know that …


What is a wolverine?

Wolverines are typically shy animals that live in remote, high-elevation terrain in North America, Europe and Asia. Most scientists believe that snow is important to their survival, since they den …


Doghouse donations needed for SCRAPS

SPOKANE COUNTY – Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Services is asking for donations of gently used and new doghouses. As the temperature drops, SCRAPS gets many animal welfare calls and …


Ladies earn national top dog field trial title

This weekend they’re out for fun, hunting quail and chukars near Ellensburg. Last month they were all business in the Midwest, hunting for a top-dog title among the country’s best …


Mischievous moose pair removed from Indian Trail area

Two moose that had checked out a school playground in the Indian Trail neighborhood were tranquilized and removed Monday by state wildlife officers, but not before the 900-pound bull knocked …


Lovestruck moose plows through fence before being tranquilized

Two moose that had checked out a school playground in the Indian Trail neighborhood were tranquilized and removed Monday by state wildlife officers, but not before the 900-pound bull knocked …


Out & About: Spectacle bluegills released in Sprague Lake

OUTFISH – Sprague Lake recently received a plant of about 2,000 adult bluegills netted from Spectacle Lake in Okanogan County. Marc Divens, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department warmwater fisheries biologist, …