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Field reports: Camo hunters out during deer season

An oversight in Washington’s 2016 and 2017 fall turkey hunting seasons is allowing camouflaged hunters in the field during the general modern rifle deer season.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 7, 2017, 12:53 a.m.

Out & About: Biologists to give kids the scoop on moose at library programs

Kids will get expert insight on the largest member of the deer family this month as state wildlife biologists have scheduled 45-minute “On the Trail of the Moose” programs at …


Field reports: Grouse hunter, dog, encounter wolf pack

Minnesota hunter Justin Bailey was hunting ruffed grouse Tuesday when a wolf chased his hunting dog out of the woods.


Out & About: Hearing protection as essential as ammo for hunters

Shooting ranges require users to have hearing protection. But many of the shooters who are honing their shotgunning skills at the skeet range this weekend or zeroing in their deer …


Migratory birds shooed away by drone, fireworks, lasers

Montana Resources and Atlantic Richfield Company’s growing arsenal of migratory bird tools were recently put to use to scare about 1,100 birds off of the Berkeley Pit.


New model confirms endangered right whales are declining

Researchers with the federal government and the New England Aquarium have developed a new model they said will provide better estimates about the North Atlantic right whale population, and the …


Out & About: Brothers win 13th time in federal Duck Stamp art contest

Bob Hautman, an artist from Delano, Minnesota, has won the 2017 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest with an acrylic painting of mallards that will become the face of wetlands conservation …


Field Reports: Washington proposes simpler fishing regulations

Simplifying Washington’s fishing regulations is the goal of 13 proposals that will be presented at public meetings across the state by Fish and Wildlife Department fish managers.


Huge sea turtles slowly coming back from brink of extinction

Sea turtles are lumbering back from the brink of extinction, a new study says.


California condors return to the skies after near extinction

In a remote, rugged valley overlooking the Pacific Ocean, researchers closely monitor an endangered icon: the California condor.


Reader photos capture essence of summer outdoors

Summer in the Inland Northwest serves up a lot of eye candy for outdoor photographers. Nesting birds and newborn fawns turn a lot of heads. Moose pose like models. Our …


Local land trust celebrates 26 years, new director at banquet

The Inland Northwest Land Conservancy is celebrating its 26th year of preserving the region’s water quality and the open-space values of working farms and forests with a fundraising banquet on …


Idaho considers wildlife overpasses near Montana border

The Idaho Transportation Department is considering the construction of overpasses that would provide wildlife a safe crossing over a stretch of U.S. Highway 20 near the state’s border with Montana.


Ivory dealer goes undercover to help bust wildlife smuggler

A Washington ivory and antiquities dealer will serve six months in prison after pleading guilty to federal smuggling charges four years ago and then going undercover to help authorities prosecute …


Matt Liere: Guarding the bunny buffet

After getting a late spring start, the garden had finally blossomed. Early crop production from the raspberries and rhubarb had been phenomenal, but my eagerness lay with the fall arrivals …


Campsite-raiding Yellowstone grizzly bear captured, killed

A grizzly bear that has been raiding backcountry campsites and chasing campers in Yellowstone National Park since last year has been captured and killed.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 9:38 p.m.

12 rabid bats found in Washington this August

The Washington state Department of Health is advising residents to take precautions if they encounter a bat after the state experienced a record number of rabies cases in the species …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 11, 2017, 3:22 p.m.

Skilled shooters will help thin out Grand Canyon bison herds

The National Park Service will use skilled shooters, capture and other methods to reduce the Grand Canyon’s bison population by more than half.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 11, 2017, 2:12 p.m.

7 tigers, 6 lions and a leopard found in Arkansas barn

An Arkansas Game and Fish Commission spokesman says authorities are investigating the discovery of tigers, lions and a leopard in a barn in Arkansas.


Reports detail extensive poaching ring in Washington, Oregon

Case reports from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife say the agency has uncovered an extensive poaching ring that has killed bears, cougars, bobcats, deer and elk in southwestern …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 10:43 p.m.

Little refuge for wildlife as smoke lingers over region

Wild critters can’t heed health agency warnings to take refuge indoors from the pall of wildfire smoke smothering the West. They’re stuck outside, coping with bad air quality much as …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 6, 2017, 1:25 p.m.

Reader photo: More than a dash of gray

A moose with gray hair becomes subject of fascination among casual observers and biologists alike.


Two bear cubs captured after people separated them from mom

Montana wildlife officials are reminding residents to leave young wildlife alone after people trying to take photos of two young bear cubs ended up separating them from their mother.


Field reports: Boundary Dam forebay closed for camping improvements

Canoeing, kayaking and camping through Z Canyon on the Pend Oreille River downstream from Metaline Falls has been tough to pull off since July 10 when Seattle City Light closed …


Washington confirms first case of deer viral infection

Washington wildlife managers have confirmed the state’s first case of a viral infection specific to deer.


Black bear put down after visit to Billings neighborhood

A cinnamon-colored black bear was captured and euthanized after wandering through a Billings neighborhood eating apples and visiting Beartooth Elementary School.


Pittsburgh zoo euthanizes baby elephant with feeding issues

A Pittsburgh zoo says a baby elephant that had a feeding tube inserted to help it gain weight has been euthanized.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 9:37 p.m.

Groups sue to protect Yellowstone grizzlies as hunts anticipated

Wildlife advocates and a Montana Indian tribe are asking a U.S. court to restore protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park so that trophy hunting of the …


Bald eagle unable to recover from Oregon shooting

A bald eagle wounded in a shooting west of Portland has been euthanized.


Critics maintain Utah mustang meeting a ‘slaughter summit’

Federal scientists and mostly rural interests are gathering at a wild horse conference in Utah that mustang-protection advocates maintain is a thinly veiled effort to promote increased roundups and eventual …