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Collared wolf dead, 3 others survive in Idaho wilderness

Three of four wolves fitted with tracking collars in a central Idaho wilderness area last year by state officials without federal approval are surviving as another winter approaches.


Startled grizzly bear attacks man

State wildlife officials say a man is recovering after being attacked by a protective grizzly bear while on a walk with his daughter and two dogs.


Wild on two wheels: Motorcycle camping tour threads Idaho wilderness

What started as an annual mountain biking adventure among high school buddies has transformed over decades into a motorcycle camping trip that continues to incorporate thrills, dirty clothes and the …


Wind River Range is high note for Spokane Mountaineers

On July 29, two Spokane Mountaineers departed after work to drive 670 miles overnight to Pinedale, Wyoming, where they left their car, and boarded a shuttle vehicle for more than …


Boulder-White Clouds wilderness area preserves scope and beauty of the region

In August 2015, President Barack Obama signed legislation protecting 275,665 acres of the Boulder-White Clouds region as wilderness, ending decades of debate over what should become of the remote central …


Owyhee River author passionate for protection

The rugged, wild Owyhee River canyonlands of southern Oregon are remote and easy to put out of mind.


Out & About: Salmo-Priest lookout abused by hikers

Grandfathered at the time the Salmo-Priest Wilderness was designated, the Little Snowy Top Lookout is a piece of history and a rare shelter in a storm for any wilderness traveler.


Alaska guide’s condition improves after mauling by bear

The condition of an Alaska wilderness guide who was mauled by a bear protecting her cub has improved, the hospital said.


Wenaha trails get TLC after 2015 wildfires

The smoke is long gone from the wildfires that closed much of the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness last summer, but concerns linger for hikers, hunters and horse groups.


Hells Canyon boating fee proposal caught public off guard

The citizen’s council with the power to decide if a Hells Canyon river fee should move forward learned about the proposal more than 18 months before the general public.


Colville Forest plan will ration recreation on 1.1 million acres

Something is at stake for everyone from mountain bikers to loggers in the 1.1 million-acre Colville National Forest as the July 5 deadline approaches for public comment on the draft …


Out & About: Washington big on theatrical grouse

OUTNUMBERED – Grouse of various types are wrapping up spring strutting, dancing, drumming and other cool rituals of courtship. They put on a good show. Washington is especially blessed with …


Out and about

OUTTRAILS – Montana has launched a statewide online hiking guide. Montana Wilderness Association, with a grant from the state Office of Tourism, has gone live with Hikewildmontana.org, Montana’s first hiking …


Scat explains smile on coyote’s face

Holy crap! While shed hunters are combing the woods for huge discarded antlers this spring, Tina Wynecoop scored a scat that looked like a 13-inch-long rope with a half dozen …


Prescribed burns planned for Wenatchee area

Forest officials hope to get out in front of the wildfire season by holding a series of prescribed burns on national forest lands in the Lake Wenatchee area.


In brief: Mount Rainier wilderness reservation system crashes

A catastrophic computer system crash at Mount Rainier National Park has put procrastinators on equal footing with backpackers who applied early to get backcountry permits for the Wonderland Trail and …


Avalanche kills director of avalanche center in Oregon

PENDLETON, Ore. – The director of an avalanche center in Oregon has died in the same natural disaster he taught many to avoid. The EO Media Group reported that Wallowa …


In brief: Wild Wilderness films in Coeur d’Alene

“Wild for Wilderness – An Evening of Untamed Films” will feature award-winning documentaries and captivating footage of wildlife at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Eagles Lodge, 209 Sherman Ave. …


Landers: Andrus stands out rock solid as national conservation leader

When they carve the equivalent of Mount Rushmore for politicians who stuck their necks out for hunting, fishing and conservation, Cecil Andrus deserves to be among the faces in the …


Spokane Mountaineers celebrate a century of outdoor pursuits

The Spokane Mountaineers have changed since the group was founded 100 years ago as the Spokane Walking Club by five women librarians. What motivates people to join the club has …


Motorized users sue Kootenai Forest for more access to proposed wilderness areas

Snowmobile clubs and advocacy groups from Montana and Idaho are suing the U.S. Forest Service and its plan that bars motorized access in certain protected areas of the 2.2 million …


Trail workers rescue footsore pets

After spending almost two weeks in July wandering on their own deep into the Bob Marshall Wilderness, Jim Cain’s two English cocker spaniels seem to have recovered from their re-enactment …


Wildfire closures block access to popular hunting, hiking, boating areas

Drought and wildfires in the Inland Northwest are raising havoc with fish and wildlife as well as with hunters, hikers, boaters and other recreationists who consider August a prime month …


Idaho’s Boulder White-Clouds Wilderness approved

Acting quickly after Monday’s committee approval, the U.S. Senate today unanimously approved a bill to officially designate 275,000 acres as the Boulder-White Clouds Wilderness in central Idaho.


Out & About: Scotchmans group plans hikes, events

OUTDO – The Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness are launching another season of guided hikes, outings, trail work – along with gentle advocacy for securing wilderness designation for a …


Bonner County board backs Scotchman Peaks wilderness proposal

Bonner County commissioners unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday calling for the U.S. Congress to designate the Idaho portion of the Scotchman Peaks as a wilderness. “The Scotchmans is a …


Guns, rods & wilderness: Backcountry sportsmen convene in Spokane

Sportsmen hooked on the rewards of hunting and fishing beyond roads and rigs are dropping their packs in Spokane this week. The 4th annual North American Rendezvous of Backcountry Hunters …


TV host: Hunting effort key to satisfaction

In the world of TV sportsman shows, at least one star is trying to avoid skewing the reality of hunting and fishing. “I try to paint the real image of …


Some outdoor trips require advance planning

Winter is the season for thinking ahead to summer adventures that require a special permit or reservations. Campers seeking to stay at popular national park or national forest cabins, lookouts …


In brief: Rescued snowmobiler serves a reminder to all riders to practice safety

After the relief of finding a North Idaho snowmobiler who’d been lost in rough winter weather for two nights, the Shoshone County sheriff issued a stern reminder to the survivor …