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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.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 16, 2020

Collared Washington wolf legally killed in Idaho

A collared wolf from the Stranger pack in Washington wandered into Idaho and was legally killed, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reported Monday.


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 …


Long-closed Chapman Lake, a popular trout, bass, kokanee fishing spot, may reopen

Eight years after public access to a popular trout, bass and kokanee lake south of Cheney closed, wildlife managers are still striving to reopen it.


Cougar Creek Road will be closed December

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, in cooperation with the Asotin County Road Department, is in the process of installing a vehicle gate on Cougar Creek Road near where it …


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.


WDFW responds to Gov. Jay Inslee’s request to kill fewer wolves

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife responded to a request from the Governor to kill fewer wolves, last week.


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.


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 …


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 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.