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Stories tagged: wildlife

Montana’s wolf specialist marvels at carnivore’s recovery

In 1979, Diane Boyd left her native Minnesota and headed west to begin tracking the first radio-collared gray wolf from Canada to recolonize the Western U.S., where humans had effectively …

UPDATED: Wed., July 5, 2017

Woman, two dogs injured in bear attack near Priest Lake

A 60-year-old woman hiking with her dogs was seriously injured in a bear attack near the Priest Lake visitor center on Tuesday morning

Oregon silverspot butterflies get new places to grow

To release an Oregon silverspot butterfly caterpillar, biologist Anne Walker takes it out of a little Tupperware container and sets it gently on its preferred food, the spade-shaped leaves of …

UPDATED: Sun., July 2, 2017

Harsh winter took heavy toll on wildlife across western U.S.

Wildlife suffered higher than normal losses this winter in severe weather across the western United States, where the toll included the deaths of all known fawns in one Wyoming deer …

Two grizzlies euthanized after livestock attack

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks euthanized two grizzly bears for preying on livestock in Montana.

Yellowstone wants brucellosis quarantine facility for bison

Yellowstone National Park is taking steps toward turning part of its bison trap at the northern edge of the park into a certified brucellosis quarantine facility.

Noise pollution: Hear the rustle of grass? Not so much now in U.S. parks

The call of the wild is getting harder to hear. Peaceful, natural sounds – bird songs, rushing rivers and rustling grass – are sometimes being drowned out by noise from …

Light pollution: Glacier, Waterton parks seek friendlier skies for critters

The stars are shining brighter and the glare of lights is a little less disorienting to creatures of the night in Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park this year.

Plan to protect salmon backfires as predator birds flee

A plan to protect young salmon by killing double-crested cormorants on an Oregon island has backfired after the birds fled the area halfway through their nesting season.

Sign up for osprey leg-banding cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene

The popular annual Osprey Boat Cruise that follows biologists checking nests and banding young “fish hawks” is set for July 15 at 9 a.m.

Glacier National Park trail closed due to grizzlies

A popular trail in Montana’s Glacier National Park is closed temporarily because of grizzly bears frequenting the area.

Out & About: Wild swine an invasive species curse

Feral pigs were quickly targeted last year in Washington by state and federal wildlife officials who closed down a state wildlife area near Moses Lake and used traps, bait stations, …

Sharks should be happy about new Google Earth survey of seal populations

Gray seals are booming. They’ve flocked to coastal Massachusetts, where hunters once killed the animals wholesale. Where seals go, sharks often follow. Great white sightings in Cape Cod increased from …

UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017

Gray wolves getting comfortable with Mount Spokane

For the second consecutive year, a Spokane man’s motion-activated trail camera has captured an image of what appears to be a gray wolf in Mount Spokane State Park. Wolves are …

Wolves may be exploring new territory in Western Washington

Gray wolves appear to be checking out territory west of the Cascades in eastern Skagit County, according to photos, tracks and other signs, federal officials say.

Faster-moving sea ice forces polar bears to use more energy

Rapid global warming has sped up the movement of sea ice off Alaska’s coasts, and already at-risk polar bears are paying a price, a new U.S. study says.

Prime time for hunter ed; Idaho offers combo class

Summer is prime time for new hunters to enroll in hunter education classes in Idaho and Washington. State wildlife officials say prospective hunters to procrastinate can find fall classes full …

Reader Photo: Robbing the cradle

As goslings crawl over a shoreline branch to swim after their parents, a largemouth bass blasts up to the surface and claims one for dinner.

Helen the blind bison becomes nanny to 4-month-old cow

The staff at an animal sanctuary in Oregon had tried all they could to find their blind bison named Helen a pasture pal.

Leave nature to care for its own, wildlife biologists say

As more people head outdoors to enjoy spring weather, they’re entering nature’s nurseries where it’s best to leave the babies be. Last week, for example, a male whitetail fawn was …

Wildlife officials investigating grizzly bear shooting death

State and federal wildlife officials are investigating after a male grizzly bear that had been shot to death was found in the Stillwater River in northwestern Montana.

Wildlife officials investigating grizzly bear shooting death

State and federal wildlife officials are investigating after a black bear hunter reported shooting a grizzly bear about 5 miles northeast of Missoula.

Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club offers paddling classes

A series of paddling clinics for canoes, kayaks, sea kayaks and recreational kayaks on flatwater and rivers will get underway in June as part of an annual skills program offered …

Matt Liere: Don’t Worry, Be Happy

We’re essentially daytrading our outdoor management practices when we should be looking at moderate investment plans for the long haul, with little need for restructuring. So I worry.

Bear Mountain’s many climbs are well worth the view

There is a 150-foot elevation drop on No. 4 and another 100-foot plunge on No. 16. In all, the differential from the lowest point on the golf course to the …

Rare foxes spotted in Oregon may help California population

Biologists are hoping a rare subspecies of foxes spotted in Oregon can help boost the number of them living in California.

Yellowstone wolf family tree and genealogy available online

Details of Yellowstone National Park’s individual wolves and their inter-relatedness can be found in one place: online at, a website formerly reserved for rooting out human family trees.

‘Safe Selfie’ policy adopted at Yellowstone National Park

In response to an epidemic of foolish, irresponsible and sometimes illegal behavior over the last two record-setting years of attendance, Yellowstone National Park officials are asking 2017 visitors to “Take …

UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017

Conservation groups move to halt wildlife killing by feds

A group of conservation advocates want to block the federal government’s aerial gunning, trapping and poisoning of wildlife across Idaho.

Wildlife biologist, author has eye for creature ways

Wildlife biologists travel through the landscape with an educated eye for detail. They’re like bird dogs, sensing more than most people would ever see. They make connections between critters and …