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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: Thu., May 11, 2017

Conservation groups move to halt wildlife killing by feds

A group of conservation advocates want to block the federal government’s aerial gunning, trapping and poisoning of wildlife across Idaho.


Kim Thorburn has scientist’s open mind to making policy for hunting, fishing

A doctor trained to assure the health of human populations has been volunteering for three years to help oversee the well-being of Washington’s fish and wildlife.


Hunters boost science at check stations

Big-game hunters heading out this week can help wildlife managers in Idaho and Washington collect valuable information about deer and elk populations by taking a few minutes to stop at …


Washington Fish and Wildlife’s new director draws from 30-year career

A month into his new job, Jim Unsworth was in Spokane Monday to meet the far-Eastern Washington portion of 1,600 employees he’s overseeing as director of the Washington Department of …


Idaho suspends plan for hired wolf hunter

BOISE — Idaho Fish and Game officials say they’re suspending a plan to use a hired hunter to kill wolves in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness until …


Idaho Department of Fish and Game defends handling, collaring wolf pups

Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials say the value of the information gained about wolf pup behavior and survival is worth the slight risk that accompanies handling and collaring …


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 …


Valuable info gathered at hunter check stations

It wasn’t clear last month why some hunters were driving past the highway check station marked by big fluorescent orange signs while others willingly stopped and shared the information of …


Catch-and-release hunting contest made for cable TV

Each of the 40 hunters competing in the new made-for-TV Whitetail Pro Series will pull the trigger on up to 15 deer in three days of competition, yet not a …


Wolves Free And Thriving; Opponents Grumbling Mexican Gray Wolf Was Extinct In Wild For 50 Years, Until Now

A Mexican gray wolf takes off after being released in January in Hannagan Meadows, Ariz. Eleven more wolves were released Sunday. File/Associated Press


Fish Curtain Installed

Lower Granite Dam The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is assembling a steel curtain that will stretch 1,100 feet upstream and reach as deep as 80 feet from the face …


Deer Habitat Secured

Idaho big game A key part of one of southeastern Idaho’s most important mule deer winter ranges is now protected from development. The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and the Idaho Fish and …


Judge Lets Tribe’s Hatchery-Bred Fish Stay In Swim

Leaders of Idaho’s Nez Perce Indian Tribe claimed victory after a federal judge has issued a temporary injunction barring Oregon from destroying 700 hatchery-bred steelhead in the Imnaha River. U.S. …


Call Of The Wild

Bruce Babbitt


Saviors Of Wild Creatures Not Always Appreciated Some Feel Resources Would Be Better Spent On Buying Habitat

Those who nurse sick and injured wild creatures back to health had better get satisfaction from knowing they have helped Mother Nature. They take a fair amount of heat from …


Idaho Kokanee Population Declines

The kokanee fishing was crummy last year and this coming season is shaping up to be even worse, according to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. “It’s kind of …


New Regulation Blues

Anglers soon will have to release a high percentage, possibly most, of the kokanee they hook at Lake Roosevelt. A new regulation requiring fishers to release all “wild” kokanee they …


Snake River Dams Face More Scrutiny Army Corps Of Engineers Studies Drawdown Of Reservoirs In Effort To Restore Salmon Runs

The Tri-Cities could benefit from breaching the four lower Snake River dams, a consultant said at a gathering to assess a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study. But most of …


Steel Curtain Designed To Preserve Young Salmon Huge Device Will Extend 80 Feet From Face Of Lower Granite Dam

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is assembling a steel curtain that will stretch 1,100 feet upstream and reach as deep as 80 feet from the face of Lower Granite …


Going With The Flow Plan To Dismantle Two Outdated Dams Will Allow Salmon To Swim Free Again In The Elwha River

1. Bruce Babbitt, U.S. Secretary of Interior, talked in August about the proposed removal of the Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha River in Olympic National Park. File/Associated Press 2. …


Game Agents To Transplant 12 Caribou

State wildlife officials’ efforts to restore endangered mountain caribou will take them into Canada next week. Members of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will help capture at least …


Golden Eagle Takes Flight Once Again Workers Took Bird Under Their Wing

1. On the fly. About 15 people came out Sunday in Post Falls to see Russ the golden eagle take flight after more than a month of rehabilitation. Photos by …


Eagle Healthy, Ready To Fly

A golden eagle will be given its freedom today after spending a month in captivity recuperating from an injured right wing. The eagle will be released into its territory near …


Northwest Tribes Want Share Of Fisheries Funds Indians See Discrimination In How Panel Distributes Money For Fish Recovery Projects

With federal dollars flowing but fish disappearing from the Northwest’s greatest river system, Indian tribes and Columbia River fish managers Tuesday squared off over the reasons and what to do …


Restrictions Urged On Air Force Flights

The federal Bureau of Land Management is urging the Air Force to reconsider its plan to fly jets at low levels over a wild canyon in Owyhee County that is …


Dams Get ‘Spring Cleaning’ Work Will Aid Survival Of Spawning Slamon

There’s plenty of water around, but even a massive hydroelectric dam tends to get dirty. With salmon survival in mind, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will spend the month …


Commissioners Pass Ordinance To Bar Grizzlies Resolve To Take Serious Measures To Keep Bears Out Of Custer County

Custer County Commissioners thumbed their noses at federal law this week, passing an ordinance to block the reintroduction of grizzly bears into the central Idaho wilderness. Titled the “Unacceptable Species …


Tribes Seek Game Plan August Court Decision Raises Fears About Herd Management

Concerned that a recent court decision could adversely affect game management policies, several Indian tribes want to meet next month to discuss management issues. American Indian hunting rights have become …


Blm Critics Sue Over Grazing Plans

A conservation group has filed a lawsuit over the fact that less than 14 percent of grazing allotments in south-central Idaho have approved allotment management plans. The lawsuit, filed by …