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CRITTER WATCH: Something to grouse about

April is no time to grouse around if you’re a grouse. Sharptails are dancing and sage grouse are booming on the prairies of Idaho, Montana and Washington. Ruffed grouse are …


CRITTER WATCH: When woodpeckers come knocking

If you hear what sounds like a jackhammer on the roof shortly around sunrise this month, it’s more likely to be a woodpecker looking for love. Woodpeckers, particularly northern flickers, …


Sometimes what you see depends on your viewpoint

A serious sportsman – even if he prefers Bud Light – has much in common with a wine connoisseur. The average consumer who drinks a glass of wine is satisfied …


Aerial survey finds problem with elk numbers

LEWISTON – Elk numbers continue to dwindle in some of north-central Idaho’s legendary big-game country, and the state is considering reductions in elk permits. The survey conducted in the last …


CRITTER WATCH: Reading tracks

With every snowfall, nature leaves a blank page for creatures to write their stories. Hiking along the Spokane River or driving along the backroads this time of year is like …


CRITTER WATCH: Cat bib gives birds a chance

Catbib With a new hatch of young birds bringing song to our yards, it’s worth pointing out, once again, that in the United States alone, cats kill a million or …


Steer clear of young animals

Late May to early June is the peak fawning and calving season for the region’s deer and elk. “Baby animals – whether deer fawns, bear cubs or goslings – that …


Critter Watch: Rare sightings

Rare sightings Moose have reached another milestone in their expansion throughout Spokane County and the Inland Northwest.


It’s tempting to aid wildlife, but not wise

T heir legs were a blur as the fresh family of quail ran across 57th Avenue.


Bluebirds coming in for a landing

Bird migrations are in full wing through the Inland Northwest this month. Sandhill cranes and long-billed curlews showed up on schedule for the Sandhill Crane Festival that’s concluding today in …


Bison Management Plans Still Controversial Animals Beginning Migration From Yellowstone Into Montana

Bison from Yellowstone National Park are beginning their annual, often deadly migration into Montana. Nine bison now are out of the park near West Yellowstone, Montana Department of Livestock Director …


Boaters Asked To Give Whales Some Room Orcas Feeding In D Inlet Attract A Crowd That May Be Getting Too Close

The National Marine Fisheries Service warned spectators Friday to keep their distance as killer whales feed on salmon in Dyes Inlet and other parts of Puget Sound. The federal agency …


Endangered Whooping Cranes Follow Ultralight To Survival Idaho Rancher Leads Flock On Journey To New Mexico

Whooping cranes and sandhill cranes settle down for the night Friday in Colorado. Photo by Associated Press


Three Killed In Accident Near Libby

Three people died when a car struck a deer eight miles south of here and slid into a pickup truck. The Montana Highway Patrol said the crash Sunday night on …


Batt Blasts Federal Plan For Grizzlies Says Bears Would Come With Rules, Land Closures Attached

Gov. Phil Batt says he sees no reason why the federal government should push grizzly bears on Idaho. “We are doing just fine without grizzly bears,” the governor wrote Wednesday …


House Guest When Nonhuman Company Comes To Call, Roll Out The Welcome Mat

We have a house guest with terrible manners. She sleeps all day, wakes after dark, and heads out, heaven knows where, without a word to us. When our paths cross, …


Man Fined For Feeding Pretzels To Bear

A Bigfork man was ticketed and fined $100 after admitting to Glacier National Park rangers that he fed pretzels to a black bear. Douglas L. Sinjem fed the bear from …


The Battle Continues Between Man, Bambi

I knew the situation was out of hand when a neighbor pulled into the driveway to deliver the news that at that very moment a herd of vandals was destroying …


Elk At Home On The Ineel Range

Elk are wandering around the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory as federal and state authorities look for ways to push them out. Since 1986, the elk population on the …


Be Feeder Friendly

Birdwatching The growing interest in birdwatching may be trouble for birds, said Chuck Trost, ornithology professor at Idaho State University. Eager to enjoy birds more regularly, more people are setting …


Yellowstone’s Herd Of Bison Caught On Horns Of A Dilemma Deep Snow Pushes Animals From Park, Where They Are Shot To Protect Cattle

A bison walks near the banks of the Firehole River in the Wyoming section of Yellowstone National Park in the file photo. With more than 700 of the park’s bison …


Mistaking Snow For Water, 3,000 Birds Land With Thud

Like a scene out of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” about 3,000 waterfowl fell out of the sky and landed with a thud instead of a splash in Millard County last …


An Elk Club Of His Own As Snow, Ice Cut Off Food Supply, Idaho Man Makes Sure Elk Herd Is Well Fed

1. ‘They’re just friends.’ A part of Lloyd Babin’s elk herd contentedly chew hay in his front yard. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review 2. Lloyd Babin heads out with some …


Bull Moose Rescued From Icy Pack River

A 2-year-old bull moose was saved from the icy waters of Sandpoint’s Pack River Saturday by three area residents. One of the men, Cliff Banks, saw the moose at around …


Cougar Wanders Through Neighborhood

A cougar wandering through subdivisions prompted a call to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and local police. Officers found the cat resting on the front step of a …


Bighorn Range Secured

Conservation The Nature Conservancy of Idaho has bought the 45 Ranch at the confluence of the South Fork and Little Owyhee rivers to preserve bighorn sheep habitat and public access …


Bear Killed After Visiting Home Too Often

A black bear is dead after becoming too comfortable at a home on a mountain road near Canyon Ferry Lake. Bobby Byrd has seen many bears in her 75 years …


Hey, Rocky, Grab Some Granola! Flying Squirrels Become Problem For Glacier Visitors

Nature’s little paratroopers have joined the long line of problem animals at Glacier National Park. Flying squirrels, some of the shyest animals in the park, have discovered that humans are …


Mystery Bird Deaths Near 4,000

The death count of pelicans and other birds at the Salton Sea in California’s Imperial Valley is approaching 4,000 and officials say they cannot yet pinpoint the cause. Preliminary findings …


Black Bear Wanders Into Va Dormitory

A black bear was on his way back to the woods Sunday after wandering through the Veterans Affairs Domiciliary. A VA police officer spotted the bear wandering through a set …