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UPDATED: Fri., April 26, 2019

Rare sight on EWU campus: A moose on the loose

A big ol’ moose was the belle of the ball at Eastern Washington University on Thursday night, when its short trek through campus was documented and shared for the world …

UPDATED: Sat., April 6, 2019

Committee backs money for nonlethal wolf control

Senate could vote for more staff and nonlethal efforts to control wolves.

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018

State can kill Togo pack wolf, judge rules

Judge lifts order barring the state Department of Fish and Wildlife from killing an injured wolf from a Ferry County pack preying on cattle.

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 8, 2017

Report: Wolf population increase not hurting deer numbers

The growing population of wolves in eastern Washington state does not appear to be hurting the populations of deer, elk, moose and bighorn sheep, according to a report issued this …

Rescuing endangered rabbits from fire danger

Biologists and firefighters worked together this summer to save some of the endangered pygmy rabbits the state is breeding in Central Washington.

State hatchery contract lost after report of sexual culture

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has lost a multimillion-dollar contract to operate two fish hatcheries following a report of a sexual culture among top-ranking employees at one of …

Poor steelhead return to Columbia River means fishing restrictions

The number of steelhead returning to the Columbia River Basin this summer is expected to be the lowest since 1980. To conserve the number of fish expected – about 130,700 …

UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017

School and wildlife officials shoo moose away from north Spokane elementary school

A moose moseyed through the Hillyard neighborhood this morning, prompting school officials at Regal Elementary to keep a watchful eye in case she came too close to children.

Fishing free in Washington this weekend due to computer hack

People fishing in Washington waters through next Tuesday will not need a license as a state agency tries to recover from a computer hack.

Tribal fishery for fall chinook salmon opens, strong harvest expected

About 778,000 fall chinook are forecast to make their way up the Columbia River this year, according to the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. That’s smaller than last summer, when …

Protection sought for marbled murrelet seabird

Conservation groups are seeking to have the marbled murrelet listed as “endangered” under the Oregon Endangered Species Act, and also want the state to identify and protect forest sites considered …

Sea lion that made strange, 50-mile trek to ranch found dead

State biologists are trying to determine what killed a sea lion that was captured and released after it was found in the driveway of a cattle farm about 50 miles …

Washington being proactive on wolves

Washington wildlife managers said they’re working to avoid a repeat of last year’s grazing season, when wolves killed at least 28 sheep and two cows. The attacks led to the …

Report: State’s wolf population makes comeback

The wolf population in Washington grew by more than 30 percent and formed four new packs last year, according to an annual survey conducted by the state Department of Fish …

Spokane River’s flow model challenged

Nearly 2,000 people wrote to the Washington Department of Ecology when the agency was developing flow rules for the Spokane River last fall. Some discussed how Spokane’s urban river looked …

Not everyone giving thanks for turkeys in Spokane

It seems that a turkey invasion is underway, with groups of them frequenting the South Hill, Spokane Valley and the North Side. Several flocks of the birds – technically known …

Anger over wolf attacks rekindles at Washington agency meeting

A tense summer between ranchers and wolves led to a packed crowd Tuesday night in Colville at a public meeting with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Phil Anderson. …

Washington Fish and Wildlife Department leads in military surplus buys

The state law enforcement agency that has made the most of a federal program offering military surplus equipment at fire-sale rates is just as likely to face a charging moose …

New focus on wolves that attack livestock

OLYMPIA – New rules for dealing with wolf attacks on livestock and domestic animals, which seemed stalled in the Legislature, may be announced as early as today as a result …

Wolf debate reaches Senate panel

OLYMPIA – Farmers, ranchers and county officials from Eastern Washington said a plan to manage wolves as they are re-established in the state has good ideas but doesn’t go far …

State loses out on bid to buy historic ranch

PROSSER, Wash. — Washington state had hoped to buy and preserve a historic Benton County ranch on Rattlesnake Mountain, but the land is going to a private buyer instead.

State parks’ pass is on ice for weekend, so you’re free to frolic

Washington State Parks began charging for access last year after millions of dollars in budget cuts, but access is free this weekend. “I think it’s perfect,” said Amanda Haan, who …

Fees approved for state’s parks, recreation areas

OLYMPIA – Planning on driving to a state park or recreation area for some fun in the great outdoors after July 1? It’ll cost you. The same for visiting a …

Orr hands over Fish and Wildlife battles to next generation

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is fighting for its life at the Washington Legislature without one of its biggest guns.

Dock opinion helps city

A Spokane County judge has issued a letter of opinion stating he doesn’t see anything wrong with Shoreline Management Act exemptions the city of Spokane Valley granted for the installation …

Stops let officials monitor deer health, numbers

Sunday was chilly, gray and damp, but that didn’t stop area hunters from heading to the hills. If the number of empty-handed hunters stopping by the state Department of Fish …

Nature agencies asked to share

Plans announced Wednesday to streamline how state natural-resource agencies deliver services to the public did not include consolidation of any state agencies.