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$10,000 reward offered for info about grizzly bear killing

Rewards of $10,000 are being offered for information leading to arrests and convictions in the killing last fall of a grizzly bear in Bonner County.


Chesrown’s former ranch could be returned to wetlands in proposed land swap

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game wants to acquire a 1,000-acre ranch along the Coeur d’Alene River through a land swap. The ranch has high wildlife habitat and recreation …


Idaho sees new wave of hunters and anglers in millennials

As they work to recruit the next generation of hunters and anglers, Idaho officials are targeting food-conscious millennials who want to know where the steak they’re grilling comes from.


Otters moving into North Idaho in increasing numbers - and not the gubernatorial kind

Hauser Lake residents are buzzing about their newest neighbors - five river otters that have taken up residence in the lake. Otter populations are healthy and expanding in the Idaho …


Idaho wolf keeper, state at odds over public’s access to animals

COCOLALLA, Idaho – Nancy Taylor says her captive-born wolves enjoy human contact. When she gives paid tours of Wolf People, the wolves come up to the chain-link fence to check …


Clark Fork Delta on the mend with $6 million project

CLARK FORK, Idaho – Katherine Cousins motored a small boat through the Clark Fork Delta’s back channels this week, pausing to watch a belted kingfisher swooping over the water near …


Large or small, wildlife captures attention at North Idaho Fair

Under a microscope at the North Idaho Fair & Rodeo, a drop of water from Lake Coeur d’Alene teemed with life. A Daphnia galeata, one of the zooplankton in the …


Grizzly shot, killed near family’s North Idaho home

A 2-year-old male grizzly bear threatening a North Idaho family was shot and ultimately killed on Tuesday. Now Barbara Casey, who shot the bear, is worried she’s in trouble for …


Flow cut out of Priest Lake sparks worry about river’s health

Drought conditions are creating conflicts at Priest Lake. The mountain lake is one of North Idaho’s top resort destinations, drawing people from all over the region for fishing, boating and …


First sockeye arrives at Redfish Lake

The first sockeye salmon has completed its 900-mile migration to Redfish Lake Creek near Stanley.


Fish brains: Regional managers in driver seat for future of fishing

Fisheries biologists are stepping in and out of the top regional fish management positions in North Idaho and Eastern Washington this month. These are the managers who supervise staff and …


Amphibious invasion: Bullfrogs threaten native Northwest species

Several years ago, Michael Lucid pulled to the side of the highway to watch hundreds of frogs hopping across the road. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game biologist didn’t …


Dog, mistaken for wolf, shot and killed by teenager in North Idaho

A North Idaho man said his dog was shot on a Forest Service road last weekend by a teen who mistook the husky-malamute cross for a wolf. The dog later …


The mighty bull trout

Salmon make an epic journey, swimming hundreds of miles from the ocean to return to their birthplace. To Tom Whalen, the shorter migration of Lake Pend Oreille’s bull trout is …


Citation issued in wolf shooting on Rathdrum Mountain

A North Idaho man who says he shot a wolf that appeared to be crouched down as if to attack his three dogs on the southern end of Rathdrum Mountain …


Idaho Fish and Game seeks to raise license, tag costs

About 750,000 Idaho residents, or nearly 47 percent of the state’s population, consider themselves hunters or anglers. Yet less than half of them buy hunting or fishing licenses each year. …


Urban deer becoming a nuisance for Dalton Gardens residents

DALTON GARDENS – There’s no mystery about what ate Les Likes’ corn this summer. Deer tracks are embedded in the mud at the edge of his 1 1/2 –acre corn …


Hunters should stay aware of regulations on bear

It’s been 19 years since a voter- approved initiative eliminated baiting and use of hounds to hunt bears in Washington. Since then, most of the hunting of bears has been …


Kokanee’s fall spawning run makes prime fishing for man and beast alike

Fall colors aren’t limited to trees. Some local creeks turn red this time of year as early kokanee runs make their way to upstream spawning grounds.


Idaho Department of Fish and Game defends handling, collaring wolf pups

Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials say the value of the information gained about wolf pup behavior and survival is worth the slight risk that accompanies handling and collaring …


Idaho biologists find, monitor wolf pups

The wolf pup had downy fur and a chubby little belly. But as it bolted from the den, it already showed signs of an adult wolf’s fleetness. Lacy Robinson was …


Report: Shrinking snowy areas may not be enough for both wolverines, outdoorsmen

Idaho’s backcountry skiers, snowmobilers and wolverine population could be competing for territory on the same shrinking snowfields in years to come, research compiled by the state suggests. Some climate models …


Wildlife crews follow flight of the bumblebee

The bumblebee moving from flower to flower by the shores of Lake Pend Oreille had a distinctive white patch on its rear. So a wildlife technician snapped a picture, documenting …


Idaho biologist develops way to track wolf pup survival rate

Lacy Robinson needed to know how many North Idaho wolf pups survived their first year. Not an easy task, the state wildlife biologist soon realized. Most wolf pups looked alike …


Idaho officials seek to allow wolf baiting in Panhandle

Hunters in the Idaho Panhandle would be allowed to bait wolves under a proposal being discussed by state officials. Idaho Fish and Game officials want more hunters to take a …


Idaho discovers Canada lynx caught in live trap

Two trappers in Idaho’s Cabinet Mountains had an unexpected catch last week. The snarling critter they had live-trapped was slightly smaller than a bobcat, with tufted ears and big, furry …


Activist pleads guilty to poaching elk

POCATELLO – An outspoken critic of Idaho’s phosphate industry and its deadly impact on some animals has pleaded guilty to poaching two elk. Marv Hoyt, Idaho director of the Greater …


Bryozoans, ancient microscopic animals, thrive in Hayden Lake

Diane Lawrence couldn’t identify the gelatinous masses attached to the community dock in her Hayden Lake subdivision. They were translucent with a jellyfish-like texture, and they kind of gave her …


Idaho wildlife experts documenting new species

Molly Wiebush knelt in a shady spot by a downed log, turning over rocks and shredding rotten wood as she searched for signs of gastropod life. Spending the summer chasing …


Man studies region’s ospreys for four decades

As an adult osprey circled overhead, Wayne Melquist perched an extension ladder against a piling in Cougar Bay and scrambled up to the nest. “There’s two here – one big …