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Chehalis River and tributaries closing due to projected low steelhead returns

More dismal steelhead news. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has closed the Chehalis River and its tributaries.


Bevy of groups representing outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes request funding for WDFW

On Monday, More than 45 groups representing the interests of outdoor enthusiasts of all types, petitioned the Washington Legislature to fund the state’s wildlife management agency.


Some landowners concerned by proposed WDFW land purchases

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking public comments associated with its exploration of acquiring more property in Asotin and Garfield counties.


Washington hooks fishing guides for more info

Many Washington fishing guides are skeptical if not outraged about a new state requirement that takes effect Jan. 1 to report their clients’ license information and detail what fish they …


Washington wildlife commission to decide on bass, walleye angling limits Saturday

The fate of bass, walleye and other warmwater fish species, will be decided Dec. 14.


Waikiki Spring trails receives a face lift

Trails in the Waikiki Spings area got new signage in late October.


Facing looming budget crisis, WDFW asks for $26 million from state

The state’s wildlife and habitat management agency is taking another crack at procuring full funding.


Washington’s late deer season ends with hunters reporting better success

Washington’s late deer season ended Tuesday with hunters who stopped at check stations reporting success and seemingly happy with the late whitetail season.


Washington Fish and Wildlife police work without backup protecting state’s natural resources

At 1:15 p.m. on Nov. 9, Tony Leonetti’s phone rang as he drove along a Forest Service road high in the hills of the Colville National Forest.


Judge dismisses parts of 2018 wolf lawsuit

On Nov. 1, a Thurston County Superior Court judge dismissed three of four claims against the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in a case filed by the Center for …


WDFW extends wolf comment period

The chance to comment on how Washington’s gray wolves should be managed once they are no longer a state endangered species has been extended until Nov. 15.


Deer killed with bow and arrow, left in alley near Chief Garry Park

Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife was investigating the killing of a deer with a bow and arrow within city limits Thursday.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 30, 2019

Reader photo: The moose movers

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife had to remove a momma moose and her two babies from Audubon Park on Friday. This photo, taken by Melaine Williams, shows a …


WDFW commission puts brakes on plan to remove bag limits on bass, walleye

The Fish and Wildlife Commission put the brakes on a plan to remove statewide bag limits on warmwater fish – including bass and walleye – on Saturday.


Second weekend hunting numbers in Washington stay low

The second weekend of the general deer hunting season in Northeast Washington was, like the first, slow.


Inland Northwest’s thriving turkey population is an invasive nuisance or a conservation success – or both

How did a species that didn’t exist in the Inland Northwest less than a lifetime ago, and was on the verge of extinction throughout the continent, become so ubiquitous? The …


WDFW commission considers removing bag limits on bass, walleye in response to orca crisis

The Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider removing bag limits on warmwater fish – including bass and walleye – on Saturday.


State kills female wolf in Grouse Flats pack

Just days after Gov. Jay Inslee asked that fewer wolves be killed, wildlife officials announced they’d removed a member of the Grouse Flats pack.


WDFW putting climate change, population growth at forefront of new planning process

Starting in 2020 WDFW will have a 25-year strategic plan. This, it’s hoped, will allow the agency tasked with preserving and protecting wildlife to better respond and adapt to a …


Washington officials to kill wolves in Grouse Flats pack

Members of the Grouse Flats wolf pack, in Southeast Washington, will be killed by state wildlife officials.


WDFW lifts many fire restrictions

With cooler temperatures and high humidity, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has lifted fire restrictions on most department-managed lands in Eastern Washington, according to a news release.


WDFW submits $26M budget request

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife submitted a $26 million supplemental funding request to the governor’s office on Thursday.


Dr. Kim Thorburn: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fulfills mandate

The mandate of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is to preserve, protect and perpetuate the state’s fish and wildlife. It is an awesome and daunting responsibility.


Retired Spokane-area coach, teacher joins wolf advisory group

A well-known Spokane-area cross country coach is the newest member of a group tasked with guiding and directing wolf policy in Washington.


Hunting hot topic at online wolf management meeting

Hunting was on the minds of those that tuned into a virtual open house about wolf management on Tuesday.


Grouse Flats wolves kill calf on private land

The Grouse Flats wolf pack in Garfield County has been credited with killing a 450-pound calf on Aug. 30, according to a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife news release.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 13, 2019

After threats of violence, online wolf post-recovery meetings scheduled

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will host three online meetings to discuss how to manage wolves once they are fully recovered and delisted.


Where to go, what to hunt: Eastern Washington’s 2019 prospects

With the general hunting season opener for most of Washington about a month out, now is the time for the unprepared hunter to panic.


Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to discuss 2020 cougar hunting season

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has assembled an internal working group to develop recommended changes to the cougar hunting seasons.


WDFW Commission holding wolf meeting

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife commission will hold a special meeting at 8 a.m. Tuesday.