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Tuesday, August 20, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Translocating sage grouse wild, sleepless trip for volunteers

Volunteering to translocate sage grouse is no vacation. “I’d forgotten what a hangover felt like, but now I remember,” said Richard Rivers, one of six Spokane chapter members of the …


Big-game harassment by antler gatherers increasing

Big-game hunting seasons are closed, but overzealous people scavenging for shed antlers may be harassing elk to death, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department biologists say. Elk weakened by another tough …


Washington wolves protected

The recently announced removal of the gray wolf from federal “endangered” status included wolves found in the eastern two-thirds of Washington. However, Washington still lists the wolf as endangered. Therefore, …


Spring in the air, and in your hair

Birds, bears, buttercups and ticks – our region’s perennial signs of spring are out and about, along with a lot of people recovering from cabin fever. While fly fishers are …


Bears dogged in King County

Three Karelian bear dogs are being employed by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department this year to help deal with bear problems, primarily in eastern King County. The medium-size, Finnish …


Ticks ready to feast

Ticks are becoming active in areas around Spokane. Check yourself and your pet after being out. Ticks usually probe around a potential host for a few hours before choosing a …


Officials look into gray wolf killing

SEATTLE – Washington state and federal wildlife officers are investigating the illegal killing of a protected gray wolf in Okanogan County in north-central Washington. The investigation began when a shipper …


Promoting cavities

House hunting is entering its seasonal boom in the Inland Northwest, and savvy birding enthusiasts are working to improve the market. As more of the region’s land is developed and …


Solo’s saga detailed

With thousands of tundra swans flooding through the region on their spring migration, a birdwatching spotlight still shines on a single endangered trumpeter swan that’s become an icon at Turnbull …


Show becomes can’t-miss affair

The Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show has a way of hooking people – and we’re not just talking about the occasional snag in the seat of the pants at the …


Seeds of change

OMAHA, Neb. — People who feed birds have been getting their pockets pecked. Birdseed prices have been fluctuating for months, and the cost of a premium seed imported from India …


Hoh my! First steelhead a trophy

Peter Harrison is one of those people who does things in a big way: His first steelhead appears to be a world record. The Port Townsend angler was fly-fishing in …


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OUTCLASS Lanting to focus on nature photos


Big Horn Show starts Thursday

The live bears, hungry trout and leaping retrievers moving into the Spokane Fair and Expo Center this week will be just a fraction of the attractions at the Big Horn …


Turnbull trumpets return of senior swan

Solo is back. The elegant trumpeter swan is likely the elder seasonal wildlife resident at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, and one of the oldest documented anywhere among his endangered species.


Swan route

The spring migration of tundra swans through the Inland Northwest is imminent, and tourism officials in Pend Oreille County planning a tour to share the spectacle of the swans’ annual …


Moose on loose can be dangerous

It was a cheerless moment we eventually must expect here in the Near Nature, Near Perfect Spokane River valley. A moose was accidentally killed Tuesday afternoon as state wildlife officials …


Hazing attempt kills moose in Liberty Lake

A moose was accidentally killed Tuesday afternoon as state wildlife officials tried to haze a cow and calf away from a children’s day care center in Liberty Lake.


Fish-Wildlife Commission chair still learning despite multiple degrees

NASELLE, Wash. – Meet Miranda Wecker, environmental lawyer, spartina eradication expert, enthusiastic mountain biker and skier – and new chair of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. Six weeks into …


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Nothing humane about it

Second to Bernie Madoff, perhaps, animal rights groups are among the biggest shams in America. These predators know that nothing milks the hearts and checkbooks of good-hearted people more effectively …


Moose cause more concern

Washington Fish and Wildlife Department staffers have a big issue on their hands with moose – tons of them – making themselves home among city and suburban neighborhoods. Conservation officers …


Hungry deer show appetite for research

A few mule deer in Riverside State Park learned Saturday morning that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Some 75 deer have been lured to a small area …


Yakima deer plagued by lice

Washington wildlife officials estimate about 50 percent of the deer population in two central Washington counties has been lost since 2004, and while all the causes aren’t known, at least …


Notorious park elk falls, dies

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – His name was just a numeral, yet he had legions of human admirers and few rivals among his own species. Mighty bull elk No. 6 died earlier …


Deer trapped, tagged in Riverside Park

Wintering deer congregation at Riverside State Park tapped for research


Feds to consider protection for American pika

SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will consider whether to protect a rabbit-like, alpine creature known as the American pika because of habitat loss.


Bird counters unite online

Your home’s picture window is a front-row seat for The Great Backyard Bird Count, which starts Friday and runs through Monday. The 12th annual event, organized by the Cornell Lab …


Feeding wild animals could be prohibited

OLYMPIA — The Washington House is considering a bill that would prohibit private citizens from feeding many wild animals — elk, deer, bears, raccoons, opossums, cougars, wolves, coyotes, wild turkeys …


In brief: Bill declares surplus of wolves in Idaho

Idaho would declare a surplus of wolves and offer the extras to any state that wants them under legislation that unanimously cleared the Senate Resources Committee on Monday. “We can …