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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.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

The Cowboy Whisperer: Ferry County range rider works to build understanding in Washington wolf country

Wolves are thriving in Washington, with their populations growing an average of 28% per year. But tolerance for wolves is, in Daniel Curry’s view, on the ropes. And every time …


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 …


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.


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.


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 will consider wolves, cougars, bears, fish

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to hear updates on wolf, cougar and bear management, and a number of proposed revisions to fishing regulations on Friday and Saturday.


Opening weekend slow for Washington hunters

By all accounts, opening weekend for the general deer hunting season was slow in Northeast Washington.


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 …


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.


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.


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.


Plan ahead, complete hunter education now

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reminds prospective hunters to complete their hunter education class before hunting season.


Despite $20 million budget shortfall WDFW not planning significant cuts

Despite facing a $20 million budget shortfall, Washington’s wildlife management agency will not be making significant cuts.


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.


UPDATED: Thu., July 11, 2019

Wolf pack to be targeted by Washington state shooters after repeated cattle attacks

A wolf pack in northeast Washington with a history of attacking cattle will be targeted by state shooters this week.


WDFW seeks applicants for Game Management Advisory Council

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking applicants for its Game Management Advisory Council.


WDFW commission set to discuss wolves, hunting rule changes, suction dredging Friday

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will set 2019 hunting seasons, hear public input on suction dredging and review wolf population information starting Friday.


WDFW captures 28 bighorn sheep, transfers most to Utah

A big trap and lots of bait left almost 30 bighorn sheep on Chelan Butte with either a new home, or a fancy new tracking collar. On Feb. 21, Washington …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019

Washington’s first Karelian Bear Dogs, credited with busting poachers and saving kittens, die

Two of Washington’s most famous and accomplished employees died in 2018: Mishka and Cash, the Karelian Bear Dogs.


WDFW to hear public input on Columbia River salmon and sturgeon policies

The state’s wildlife commission will discuss Columbia River salmon management policies and take public comments on Lower Columbia sturgeon management Friday and Saturday.


WDFW seeks members for Master Hunter Advisory Group

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is accepting letters of interest through Dec. 31 for membership on its Master Hunter Advisory Group.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 30, 2018

WDFW commission to discuss Columbia River fisheries

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will discuss the management of Columbia River fisheries Nov. 1 through 3, Thursday through Saturday, including a one-day information-sharing workshop with its Oregon counterpart.


UPDATED: Tue., July 10, 2018

WDFW delays relaunch of wolf-data sharing program

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife isn’t ready to roll out changes to a wolf-data sharing system.


Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officers bust illegal shooters

ENFORCEMENT – Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife police seized weapons from illegal target shooters, last week. While paroling near Stemilt Basin, near Quincy, two WDFW officers came across three …