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Washington among states trying to curb bumper crop

The rut is winding down, leaving motorists with one fewer reason for colliding with a deer, elk or moose on the highway. The annual fall mating season, which peaks in …


In cross-species whodunit, horned owl’s prime suspect

It’s getting so a dog can’t take care of business anymore without risking life and limb to a big-eyed raptor just waiting to sink its talons into an unsuspecting pooch. …


Biologist makes wildlife a priority for 35 years

He apologized for having a wild-game potluck retirement party Nov. 21 while some hunting and fishing seasons were still under way. “I don’t want to take from anybody’s time in …


Birdwatchers gear up for Christmas counts

Birdwatchers are flocking together in the next few weeks in about 2,000 localities across North America and beyond for the 110th Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Inland Northwest birders, as usual, …


Aerial-gunning foes ask Obama to ban practice

A wildlife advocacy group Friday asked President Barack Obama to end aerial gunning of coyotes and other predators, citing an Idaho incident where a shotgun-wielding parachutist illegally fired on a …


Out & About

OUTSTANDING – Two rare white sightings came from Montana this fall: An albino black bear – 4 years old and 150 pounds – was captured by Montana Fish, Wildlife and …


State closes purchase of property

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Department closed a $6.2 million deal Monday to acquire 1,693 acres of wildlife-rich wetlands and uplands from Horseshoe Lake south to Fan Lake. The land …


Out & About

Fly fishers take on steelhead Lewiston fly-tier Leroy Hyatt and Spokane fishing guide Sean Visintainer will present a free program about steelheading on the Clearwater and Grande Ronde rivers Wednesday, …


Birds make swift entrance into chimney

Terry Gray spends several late-summer evenings each week fixated on a chimney in downtown Moscow, Idaho. As dusk approaches, he keeps his eyes cast skyward for swirling masses of Vaux’s …


Odds high despite shorter seasons

Deer and elk hunters can’t procrastinate this year in the Idaho Panhandle. Chances of filling a tag are still high, but they have a lot less time to do it.


Care for meat a field priority

Keep it cool; keep it clean. These two basic rules for bringing premium game meat to the table are a challenge when hunters face hot weather, dirt and insects in …


Heat bares ice at Mount Rainier

CLIMBING – An unusually early-summer snowmelt created hazards on the Muir Snowfield at Mount Rainier starting in August. Exposed bare glacier ice and crevasses have complicated travel on this route …


Out & About


Ice melt sends walruses ashore

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Thousands of walruses are congregating on Alaska’s northwest coast, a sign that their Arctic sea ice environment has been altered by climate change. Chad Jay, a U.S. …


Elusive cougar back in wild

SEATTLE – A cougar that apparently had lived in Seattle for more than two weeks and forced the city’s largest park to close was captured early Sunday and returned to …


5-year-old hurt in cougar attack in NE Washington

A 5-year-old boy from Rossland, British Columbia, was attacked by a cougar Wednesday while his family was hiking a trail in Stevens County.


Despite warning, woman fed bears and was killed

DENVER – Donna Munson considered the black bears that swarmed across her land in southwestern Colorado to be her pets. She fed them dog food and scraps – poking the …


Land swap protects wildlife, preserves public access

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation teamed with The Nature Conservancy and several state and federal agencies recently to secure 2,675-acres in the first phase of a three-year project to protect …


Father uses chain saw to fight off mountain lion

BILLINGS – Wielding his chain saw as a weapon, a Colorado man says he fought off a starving mountain lion that attacked him while he was camping with his wife …


Rich Landers: Volunteers critical for public lands

I took my eye off Olympia to chase the tail end of the salmon fly hatches in Idaho and Montana intermittently during the past two weeks, and returned to the …


Turnball manager retires after 18 years on job

At a fraction of their salaries and with no stock options or bonuses, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuge manager near Cheney has done what many high-powered CEOs have …


Cameras track rebounding species

Washington’s wild areas are becoming more diverse and interesting as several furbearing species – wolverine, fisher and sea otter – slowly recover some of their former range. Here are three …


Marmot causes restaurant ruckus in Prosser

Diners at a restaurant in Prosser were startled Monday when a marmot wandered through the front door and settled into a corner.


Field reports

WILDLIFE – A female grizzly bear that attacked a lone hiker near West Yellowstone recently was probably protecting her cub and a chunk of meat she had buried near the …


Man attacked by grizzly bear says survival instincts kicked in

KALISPELL, Mont. – It happened in a flash, and Thomas Nerison did not have the bear spray he almost always carries on his runs in Glacier National Park. The 60-year-old …


Elk farmer shoots grizzly in N. Idaho

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service is investigating the shooting of a grizzly bear near Rose Lake, Idaho. The 300-pound male grizzly was shot dead late Sunday by the operator …


There’s nothing wily about feeding coyotes

Despite the aura of Washington State University, a few people in Pullman have managed to remain ignorant about wildlife. We’re talking about people with soft hearts and brains of mush.


Wolf-hunting goes to court in two states

BILLINGS, Mont. – A pair of federal judges will decide which states in the Northern Rockies have enough gray wolves to allow public hunting, as the bitter debate over the …


Lawsuits over wolves filed in two courts

BILLINGS — A pair of federal judges will decide which states in the Northern Rockies have enough gray wolves to allow public hunting, as the bitter debate over the region’s …


Wildlife officials tracking sick bighorn

RIGGINS, Idaho – The hunt is on for a Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep ram believed to be sick with pneumonia. It’s a race wildlife officials say could mean life and …