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Montana’s plan to fight spread of fatal wildlife disease gets stricter

Montana’s wildlife agency will be even more aggressive in fighting chronic wasting disease, according to a


Oregon officials kill 2 wolves in effort to save cattle

Oregon wildlife officials shot and killed two wolves from a helicopter Wednesday in an attempt to reduce killings of cattle by the predators.


Rocky Mountain wolverines studied in interaction with recreationists

Wolverines don’t make themselves easy to study. In addition to being able to gnaw their way out of log-cabin-like traps, they’re shaped kind of like a traffic cone.


Reader photo: Trumpeter swans return to Turnbull wildlife refuge

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Ammi Midstokke: Correspondence from the Serengeti

The sun is setting behind a cloud cover of blue hues as the greens and browns of the Serengeti fade to the monochrome of night. When the day loses color, …


UPDATED: Thu., March 15, 2018, 11:31 a.m.

Idaho Fish and Game kills 10 wolves

Idaho Fish and Game officials killed 10 wolves in an effort to improve elk survival rates in northern Idaho.


Reader photo: Chilly dip

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UPDATED: Thu., March 8, 2018, 2:21 p.m.

Biologists capture and tag massive cougar north of Chewelah

Wildlife biologists caught and tagged a massive 197-pound cougar Monday.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018, 8:35 p.m.

What does a bear do in the Alaska woods? Disperse seeds

Does a bear scat in the woods? The answer is obvious but the effects on an ecosystem may not be.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 12, 2018, 9:08 a.m.

As Spokane’s urban coyotes thrive, some pet owners grow worried

Coyotes. The wild canines thrive in many of the United States’ largest cities – including


Activists debate Native hibernating bear hunting

Congressional debate about Alaska hunting rules in April brought a spotlight on a little-understood Alaska Native technique of hunting bears in dens.


Wildlife Act would redirect oil and gas royalties to individual states

A bill pending in Congress would vastly increase money available for the management of at-risk species by minimizing long-standing wildlife funding mechanisms.


Elk hoof disease research in hands of Washington State University Veterinary School

Washington State University is poised to take over inconclusive research on elk hoof disease that’s been plaguing elk west of the Cascades in Washington and Oregon.


At their peak, snowshoe hares become forces of nature

A biological force of nature bigger than a bull moose lives in the boreal forests of North America. The biggest animals of the northern woods – by total species weight …


Out & about: Buck serves as reminder to not feed, attract wild animals

A small buck got its antlers tangled in some gardening netting. What started out at first as an annoyance, quickly became more serious.


Tests on bighorn skulls and horns show greater genetic diversity in herds of older animals

Bighorn sheep living in decades past along Idaho’s Salmon River from Riggins to its East and Middle forks far upstream were more genetically diverse, and the different groups of sheep …


Reader photo: Looking for warmth

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UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 11, 2017, 5:07 p.m.

Poachers kill two wolves in northeast Washington, at least one in Stevens County

Two wolves were illegally killed in northeast Washington last month, according to Conservation Northwest officials.


Eastern shore of Lake Pend Oreille offers easy, peaceful viewing of eagles

While eagles, and those who love watching them, may flock to Lake Coeur d’Alene this winter, there is another, quieter venue to observe the majestic birds of prey: the eastern …


Reader photo: Just playing around

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Gubernatorial candidates share similar views on wildlife

Three top gubernatorial candidates with widely different backgrounds share similar views on managing Idaho’s wildlife conservation and access to public lands.


Opossum breaks into liquor store and gets drunk as a skunk

An opossum that apparently drank bourbon after breaking into a Florida liquor store sobered up at a wildlife rescue center and was released unharmed.


Reader photos: Outstanding in their field

White is an anxiety-reducing camouflage color for wildlife to wear during winter, that is unless there’s no snow.


Rarely seen badgers slow their digging frenzies as winter approaches

Badgers are native to prairies in Montana and parts of Idaho and Washington, so why are they so rarely seen?


Out & about: Bald eagles flock to Lake Coeur d’Alene

OUTBACK – Kokanee are spawning and dying in North Idaho’s two largest lakes and bald eagles have begun congregating for the annual feast. Dozens of eagles are congregating at Granite …


In brief: Oregon wildlife biologists testing deer, elk for fatal disease

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists have stepped up testing for chronic wasting disease on deer and elk carcasses taken by hunters.


Breaking birding record only beginning for Oregon man

On Dec. 31, 2014, Noah Strycker was celebrating New Year’s Eve in style, basking in a cruise ship hot tub with a bottle of champagne in each hand.


Ambassadors brighten future for Scotchman Peak mountain goats

The future for mountain goats on North Idaho’s Scotchman Peak is brighter, thanks to “goat ambassadors” who have been hiking the popular trail to educate hikers on avoiding contact with …


Commission adds 1,300 acres of wildlife land east of Cascades

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the purchase of approximately 1,300 acres of land to protect wildlife habitat and support outdoor recreation east of the Cascade crest at a …


Reader photo: That’s close enough

Carlene Hardt and her husband were walking with their two dogs at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge on Oct. 1 when they spotted a porcupine on the gravel path by Headquarters …