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Stories tagged: wildlife

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 …

UPDATED: Wed., May 10, 2017

In brief: Lake Spokane carp removal also targets northern pike

A two-week project to remove non-native carp from Lake Spokane started on Monday, and state fisheries managers are tapping the opportunity to target invasive northern pike, too.

Toddler may have rare disease linked to raccoon droppings

Health officials say a King County toddler may have contracted a rare disease linked to microscopic roundworm eggs found in raccoon droppings.

UPDATED: Mon., May 8, 2017

Field Reports: Two Bear Air headlines Idaho Trails gathering near Sandpoint

Two Bear Air, the Whitefish-based free helicopter rescue serviced that’s saved a lot of grief for the region’s outdoorsmen, will put on a demonstration for an Idaho Trails Association gathering …

Big-game researcher Woody Myers gave his best shot

Nobody – no hunter, no poacher – has shot more moose in Washington than Woody Myers. His weapon was a rifle. His aim: usually to save the animal’s life rather …

UPDATED: Thu., May 4, 2017

Baby otter rescued from Phoenix canal, nursed back to health

A baby otter was nursed back to health after being rescued by utility workers who found it struggling to get out of a canal on the outskirts of Phoenix, officials …

‘Aww’ inspiring: NYC Zoo unveils fluffy Andean bear cub

An “aww” inspiring bear cub is making his public debut in New York City.

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

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

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

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

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

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.