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UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 20, 2019, 9:04 p.m.

Hunter faces charges after killing grizzly in Idaho in apparent mistake

A Montana hunter killed a grizzly bear in North Idaho on Tuesday, after apparently mistaking the endangered bruin for a more common black bear.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

Eli Francovich: Wildlife policy makers try to “get as much information as we can”

A portion of an article in last Sunday’s outdoors section didn’t sit well with one Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife commissioner.


Free bear spray training offered

The Washington Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is hosting a free bear spray training course on Aug. 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 5, 2019, 9:15 a.m.

Studying black bears in Washington? Use cow blood and fish oil

On a sunny Tuesday morning in the tree-covered mountains of the Colville National Forest, all was quiet except for a steady


The (not so) cuddly history of the Teddy Bear

Hunting. Mercy. Politics.


Wolves, bears, prescribed burning and more discussed during WDFW Q&A session

Wolves, bears, prescribed burning and more were discussed during a virtual Q&A session Monday.


When camping this summer, be bear aware or pay the price

Campers heading into the hills should remember to store their food and waste in bear-proof containers this summer.


Montana ranchers share the landscape with grizzlies

Ranching families are sharing the southwestern Montana landscape with grizzly bears, with some help from students. The Tom Miner Basin Association works on projects to promote places where livestock and …


Grizzly bear in CdA National Forest reminder to be bear aware

A grizzly bear was confirmed northeast of Magee, Idaho, in the Coeur d’Alene National Forest on Monday.


Paul Turner: Losing your phone in the woods would be un-bear-able

As you know, today is the unofficial start of portable toilet season in the Inland Northwest.


Genesis of word ‘bruin’ bears repeating

Even in our modern age of human domination, bears remain fearsome creatures that touch on primordial fears.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018, 1:54 p.m.

Environmental groups threaten to sue Forest Service over bear baiting in Idaho and Wyoming

A coalition of environmental groups is threatening to sue the U.S. Forest Service for allowing black bear hunters in Idaho and Wyoming to hunt over bait stations.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018, 7:15 p.m.

Virginia wildlife officials: Man secretly fed bears for decade, saying he wanted ‘to keep them safe’

For 10 years, a Virginia man has been secretly feeding bears “to keep them safe from poachers” – a violation of the state’s “bear no-feeding” law, wildlife authorities say.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 5:51 p.m.

Worried about the elections? Watch this harrowing video of a baby bear climbing a steep snow slope

Worried about the elections?


Yellowstone bear that attacked Washington boy won’t be captured, killed

Officials in Yellowstone National Park say they don’t plan to capture or kill a bear that injured a 10-year-old boy from Washington state.


Demise of Spokane’s Manito zoo marked by shots of a .30-30 rifle

Charles Balzer probably didn’t think much of it when he fenced off one of the many spring-fed ponds scattered around Spokane’s newest park.


State allows bear hunts using banned methods, suit says

A conservation group on Thursday sued the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, alleging it illegally allows black bears to be killed using hunting methods that were banned by voters.


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018, 8:02 p.m.

Bear-sex billboard in downtown Spokane was a brief affair

A billboard in downtown Spokane depicting two cartoon bears copulating was meant as a lighthearted advertising ploy by a local clothing company.


Scrounging for trash, bears along the I-90 corridor are getting fat and dying

The bears are fat. And they’re dying young.


Wildlife officials seek new garbage cans after bear deaths

State wildlife officials are asking for cities in Washington to transition to bear-proof garbage cans as more bears are dying in communities along Interstate 90.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018, 8:35 p.m.

What does a bear do in the Alaska woods? Disperse seeds

Does a bear scat in the woods? The answer is obvious but the effects on an ecosystem may not be.


Activists debate Native hibernating bear hunting

Congressional debate about Alaska hunting rules in April brought a spotlight on a little-understood Alaska Native technique of hunting bears in dens.


Spokane-area couple travels to Alaska for fish, bears as retirement celebration

A long-planned adventure, celebrating the author’s wife’s retirement from teaching, takes one Spokane couple to Alaska.


Rarely seen badgers slow their digging frenzies as winter approaches

Badgers are native to prairies in Montana and parts of Idaho and Washington, so why are they so rarely seen?


Out & About: Loaded for pheasant, hunter shoots charging grizzly bear

While bird hunting along Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front, a sportsman must consider being loaded for bear as well as pheasant.


Mike Ditka on NFL protests: ‘No oppression in the last 100 years that I know of’

In a pregame interview before a radio broadcast of Monday night’s game between the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings, Ditka said, “There has been no oppression in the last 100 …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 22, 2017, 9:04 p.m.

More grizzly bears roaming outside national parks in Wyoming

A growing number of grizzly bears are moving outside their established habitat in and around Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, causing more conflicts with humans, according to wildlife managers.


Charges detail extensive poaching ring in Washington, Oregon

An extensive poaching ring is responsible for slaughtering more than 100 black bears, cougars, bobcats, deer and elk in southwestern Washington state and northwestern Oregon, with many of the animals …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 6, 2017, 11:10 p.m.

More groups sue over Yellowstone grizzly bear protections

Three more conservation groups are suing to restore federal protections to grizzly bears living in and around Yellowstone National Park.


Two bear cubs captured after people separated them from mom

Montana wildlife officials are reminding residents to leave young wildlife alone after people trying to take photos of two young bear cubs ended up separating them from their mother.