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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

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 …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 23, 2017

Bears near U.S.-Canada border merit endangered status, judge rules

A judge has ruled a small population of grizzly bears in Montana and Idaho near the Canadian border can be considered endangered even if they are not on the brink …


Hiker kills aggressive mountain goat; efforts increase to educate public to coexist

An aggressive mountain goat was shot and killed by a hiker in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness last month bringing new concerns about the threats that outdoor recreation poses to the …


New plan will work with states on sage grouse, Interior Dept. says

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says a new federal plan to protect the threatened sage grouse will grant more flexibility to the 11 Western states where the bird lives.


Group petitions city to ban deer feeding in Ocean Shores

A group of Ocean Shores residents implored the City Council recently to change the city’s code to ban all feeding of deer, presenting a petition signed by 183 people and …


Priest Lake black bear attacked woman, dogs with no warning

A woman fiercely attacked by a black bear near the Priest Lake visitor center on July 4 had no time to use bear spray even if she’d have had it, …


Yellowstone to create temporary bison quarantine facility

Yellowstone National Park has decided to convert part of its bison trap into a temporary brucellosis quarantine facility.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 3, 2017

Oregon will kill 2 wolves at the request of ranchers

Oregon wildlife officials will kill two adult wolves in northeast Oregon at the request of ranchers who say animals in their pack have preyed on cattle for more than a …


Court keeps Great Lakes wolves on endangered species list

A federal appeals court Tuesday retained federal protection for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region, ruling that the government acted prematurely when it dropped them from the endangered …


UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017

Yellowstone grizzlies removed from threatened species list

For the second time in a decade, the U.S. government has removed grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region from the threatened species list.


Hikers getting too friendly with Scotchman Peak mountain goats

Mountain goats are icons on Scotchman Peak, luring hikers up the 3.5-mile trail northeast of Clark Fork, Idaho, to be in the realm of the usually docile white-coated animals overlooking …


Roadkill on the menu: 1,600 dead deer, elk salvaged from Washington roads

Steve Clark has learned that roadkill can be as delicious as the “fresh” deer and elk he hunts. The Spokane man accounts for two of some 1,600 salvage permits issued …


Ammi Midstokke: Beauty of nature indisputable – sometimes

When I moved back into the woods, I had this impression that I would be traipsing around the wilderness in a flowing dress singing old Disney tunes while birds and …


UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017

Idaho may offer hunters bounties for bad wolves, allow bait

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has proposed putting bounties on problem wolves and allowing hunters to lure wolves with bait.


UPDATED: Mon., July 24, 2017

Wildlife managers euthanize bear that bothered Idaho campers

Wildlife managers have trapped and killed a black bear after the animal kept making contact with people camping in a popular central Idaho recreation area.


UPDATED: Sat., July 22, 2017

Bird, bat deaths could top predictions at Montana wind farm

A wind farm in Montana might be killing more birds and bats than expected, according to preliminary findings of a study by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.


Far-ranging grizzly spotted in Montana’s Big Belt Mountains

Another grizzly bear has shown up in a part of Montana that hasn’t seen grizzlies in as long as a century.


UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017

Dog pulls baby deer from water to save it from drowning

A dog that saw a baby deer in danger of drowning in New York jumped in and dragged it to shore.


UPDATED: Sun., July 16, 2017

The view from on high: 45 years of studying ospreys in the Pacific Northwest

Wayne Melquist has banded Lake Coeur d’Alene’s ospreys for more than four decades. He started in 1972 and says there’s still much to learn about the majestic birds, which raise …


Field Reports: Water study addresses Priest Lake levels

A study of Priest Lake water levels and Thorofare navigation will be explained in an open house meeting on Thursday from 2-5 p.m. at the Priest Lake Groomers & Ambulance …


Birding brightens driver’s commute on I-90

I spend about 90 minutes in a vehicle each day, commuting from Coeur d’Alene to downtown Spokane. I didn’t expect to be birding from Interstate 90. But the first day …


Professional runner breaks rule, runs away from bear, and wins

Moninda Marube knows what to do when you encounter a black bear. Stand your ground. But that’s not what he did.


UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017

Stray bullet kills camel in Oregon animal rehab center

An Oregon perseveration center says a camel has died after being injured in a southwestern Oregon shooting last week.