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Researchers to trap grizzly, black bears in Yellowstone

Researchers will begin trapping grizzly and black bears Sunday in Yellowstone National Park.


Reader photo: Palouse cliff dwellers

On the edge: Yellow-bellied marmots take a stand on a cliff above the Palouse River and falls at Palouse Falls State Park. On the web: Submit your outdoors-related photos for …


UPDATED: Wed., April 26, 2017, 10:16 p.m.

Tribes sue Coast Guard over tanker traffic’s risk to orcas

The Tulalip and Suquamish tribes are suing the Coast Guard, alleging a failure to protect endangered orcas from the risk of oil spills associated with tanker traffic in the Strait …


World’s last male rhino getting help from Tinder dating app

There’s just one male northern white rhino left in the world, and he’s now on the Tinder dating app as wildlife experts try to keep his species alive.


Yellowstone elk herd growth tricky to manage

Managing the Northern Yellowstone elk herd, one of the most popular in the world, is no easy task.


UPDATED: Fri., April 21, 2017, 7:41 a.m.

Western Washington can have relocated beavers

Beaver relocation bill signed by governor


Officials rescue 2 black bear cubs after mom hit by pickup

Game wardens have rescued two black bear cubs orphaned after their mother was struck and killed by a pickup truck on a road through Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front.


Alan Liere: Whether of prey or song, birds are wondrous

One spring, my 13-year-old step-daughter and I watched from the deck as three mallard drakes tried to impress a hen mallard. “It’s called a courting flight,” I told her. “The …


Geese that died in mine pit had lesions in throats, stomachs

Necropsies found geese that died late last year after landing in the toxic waters of a former open pit copper mine in Montana had severe internal tissue damage that appeared …


In South Florida, green iguanas spread into suburban scourge

Perched in trees and scampering down sidewalks, green iguanas have become so common across South Florida that many see them not as exotic invaders, but as reptilian squirrels.


More wolf packs expected in southwest Oregon

When gray wolf OR-7 made his historic and famous trek from northeastern Oregon to find a mate and territory of his own, the lone wolf wandered well over 1,000 miles …


UPDATED: Sat., April 15, 2017, 5:10 p.m.

Out & About: ‘Smoke-phase’ turkeys rank as one in a hundred

White meat or dark? That might be the first question that comes to mind when you spot a white wild turkey.


Washington sea birds killing for salmon stability continues

The U.S. Army of Corps of Engineers say they will continue to kill cormorant sea birds known to heavily reduce the Columbia River’s salmon population for a third year.


Montana plans to keep wolf hunt quotas outside Yellowstone

Montana wildlife officials are proposing to keep the number of wolves that can be hunted or trapped just outside of Yellowstone National Park at four.


Wild horses expensive as adoption interest wanes

Billijo Beck and her 10-year-old daughter Grace walked the dusty path between Challis Wild Horse Corral pens last week looking for an addition to their stables. There were 18 horses …


UPDATED: Sat., April 15, 2017, 6:11 p.m.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke halts transfer of Montana Bison Range to tribes

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has reversed plans to give management of Montana’s National Bison Range to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, saying that he is committed to not …


Goats killed by black bear near Billings campground

Montana wildlife managers are trying to capture a black bear that killed two goats in a south Billings neighborhood this week.


Interior Dept. halts plans to transfer bison range management

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has halted plans to transfer management of Montana’s National Bison Range to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Days-old coyote pups exposed in the sage

Keep your eyes open this time of year for the wildly exciting chance to discover nature’s small fry. Spring is not lacking for reasons to lure hikers outside. Wildflowers and …


Sharp-eyed birder’s list shines in Lincoln County

Outdoors editor Rich Landers wasn’t the only one who had a good day of wildlife observation in Lincoln County last weekend. Following is a birding report that a rain-drenched, wind-whipped …


Reader photo: Aerial competition for anglers

An osprey swooped in to take a fisherman’s catch at Fernan Lake in North Idaho this week. The fish somehow broke free and escaped. The angler had to start over.


Burrowing rodents threaten Central Oregon canals

Drive along the Pilot Butte Canal in Redmond in the spring and you’ll see ground squirrels scurry frantically back and forth across the road. Chubby rock chucks sprint from rock …


UPDATED: Tue., April 11, 2017, 1:35 p.m.

Idaho wolf derby doesn’t need Forest Service permit, court rules

A federal judge has ruled that organizers of a wolf- and coyote-shooting contest in east-central Idaho don’t need a permit from the U.S. Forest Service.


US temporarily bans use of cyanide predator traps in Idaho

U.S. officials on Monday temporarily stopped the use of predator-killing cyanide traps in Idaho after one sickened a young boy and killed his dog last month after they checked it …


Maryland Zoo’s 2 grizzly bear cubs from Montana get names: Nova and Nita

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore now has names for its two grizzly bear cubs that came to the zoo from Montana.


Sue Lani Madsen: Stress and common sense

If we treated our domestic livestock the way public wildlife managers treat “their” herds of bighorn sheep, we’d have animal welfare activists pounding on the barn doors.


Groups warn of lawsuit over logging of Oregon forests because of harm to salmon

Fishing and conservation groups are threatening to sue the Oregon Department of Forestry, alleging it has failed to reform logging practices in the Tillamook and Clatsop state forests that harm …


Remote control boat launches successfully in toxic pit

A remote-controlled boat has been successfully launched into a former Montana open-pit mine where thousands of snow geese died last fall.


Bald eagles make big comeback in San Francisco Bay Area

Endangered bald eagles are making a comeback in the San Francisco Bay Area as part of a national boom following decades of environmental investment.


Young salmon risk ‘gas bubble trauma’ on trip to ocean

Juvenile salmon and steelhead migrating out of the Columbia River Basin in unusually high flows this year face a potentially lethal problem in spillways at dams where increased nitrogen in …