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Kathleen Parker: Hypocrisy obsolete; predator era soon will be

If women didn’t want to play nasty with the boss, who could conjure dreams or nightmares with a phone call, they were finished.


Idaho draft wolf plan has predator’s fans, foes howling

Officials at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game are likely to release a draft of their plan next month, and wolf critics claim the agency is going soft on …


Montana’s wolf specialist marvels at carnivore’s recovery

In 1979, Diane Boyd left her native Minnesota and headed west to begin tracking the first radio-collared gray wolf from Canada to recolonize the Western U.S., where humans had effectively …


UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017

Gray wolves getting comfortable with Mount Spokane

For the second consecutive year, a Spokane man’s motion-activated trail camera has captured an image of what appears to be a gray wolf in Mount Spokane State Park. Wolves are …


Anglers put the bite on Columbia River bass

Even with the Walla Walla River running high and milk-chocolate brown in mid-April, a couple of anglers casting crawdad jigs from a raft were hooking not-so-small smallmouth bass in the …


Living with predators – adaptation

“Grizzlies won’t be a problem for livestock, they’ll prey on hikers.” So said the wildlife conflict specialist from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.


Yellowstone elk herd growth tricky to manage

Managing the Northern Yellowstone elk herd, one of the most popular in the world, is no easy task.


UPDATED: Fri., March 17, 2017, 11:19 p.m.

Report: Washington wolves continue steady increase of nearly 30 percent a year

Gray wolves continued their steady increase in population and range in Washington last year despite the deaths of at least 14 animals, according to a 25-page state report on the …


Gray wolf recovery projects continue to drain millions of dollars from state coffers

Wolves were removed from the Endangered Species protections in Idaho and Montana in 2011 – eight years after wolf numbers had exceeded the minimum set for recovery in both states. …


UPDATED: Thu., March 2, 2017, 9:28 a.m.

Rule of nature outweighs emotional reaction

Across from my cabin in Stevens County this past weekend, I spotted a bedded deer. The find sparked a two-day drama that included my greatest hopes, starkest fears and the …


2 moose population studies moving forward

Two moose surveillance projects are moving forward in Wyoming as populations face struggles like drought and predators.


Dog finds religion in standoff with praying mantis

A praying mantis is a tough dude among bugs. It’s born to fight, not to flee even a bone-crunching dog.


Newsmakers: Timberwolves sign free agent Hill to 2-year deal

The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed veteran big man


Breeding season monitors see 50 shades of gray wolf

Chronicling the sex lives of gray wolves in February in Yellowstone National Park combines a strange mix of clinical jargon, voyeurism and hypothermia along the side of Highway 212.


Landers: Wolf management requires a team effort

Allowing gray wolves to naturally reestablish packs in Washington is one of the most divisive wildlife management goals in state history. Some people love wolves for their unique social structure …


Sue Lani Madsen: Ranchers need proper tools to fight predators

There’s a mouse in the house. He’s left signs on the counter and chewed the apples in the bowl. Dirty, disease-carrying varmints – time to get out the traps. It’s …


Field reports: Coast salmon seasons set by Pacific council

FISHING – Washington’s 2015 salmon fishing seasons were approved this month by the Pacific Fishery Management Council, with some Puget Sound fisheries constrained to protect wild salmon listed under the …


Field reports: Wolf numbers up in Northern Rockies

PREDATORS – Gray wolf numbers rose across most of the Northern Rockies last year but dropped in Montana after a concerted effort by officials there to drive down the population …


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 …


Out & About: Panel brings 6 perspective on wolf revival

OUTBACK – Hunter, biologist, conservationist, cattleman, philosopher, ethicist – these six perspectives will take on the topic of gray wolf reintroduction during a special panel discussion, 7 p.m. Thursday at …


Field reports: Idaho’s bighorn sheep tag auctioned for $100,000

HUNTING – Idaho’s bighorn sheep auction tag sold for $100,000 to an online bidder at the national Wild Sheep Foundation Sheep Show in Reno Saturday night – the fifth-highest winning …


Field reports: Bald eagles slow to show at Lake Coeur d’Alene

BIRDS – The annual winter congregation of bald eagles at Lake Coeur d’Alene had not yet started as biologists surveyed the north end of the lake on Wednesday. For decades, …


In brief: All game and fish possession requires documentation

Helping a friend or family member haul a deer or elk out of the mountains can get a person a ticket without proper documentation. Same goes for transporting or sharing …


Groups threaten suit over federal agency’s trapping, poisoning of problem wildlife

A federal agency that kills nuisance wildlife is under attack from environmental groups, which say the agency’s use of poison and trapping in Idaho puts other animals at risk. Last …


State targets wolf pack

A death sentence has been issued for a portion of a wolf pack that’s killed at least 22 sheep this month in southern Stevens County. Efforts to haze and deter …


Helicopter gunners target wolves in Stevens County

A death sentence has been issued for a portion of a wolf pack that’s killed at least 22 sheep this month in southern Stevens County.


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 …


Rich Landers: An issue of prey, not the endangered predator

Wildlife managers are tiptoeing through the recovery of gray wolves in Washington. Some special-interest groups are entrenched poles apart, with livestock growers and hunters who have the most to lose …


Out & About: Rare wolf-dog hookup indicates wolf population thin

OUTBRED – Last week, the saga of wolf recovery in Washington took a strange tryst. News that a large domestic guard dog got loose and mated with a female gray …


Washington confirms 4 new wolf packs

Gray wolves established four new packs and expanded their territory in Washington over the past year, according to the annual status report on the state endangered species released Saturday by …