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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 …


UPDATED: Tue., April 4, 2017, 8:04 p.m.

Groups sue to stop US use of cyanide predator killing traps

Environmental and animal-welfare groups have filed a lawsuit claiming the U.S. government is violating the Endangered Species Act by allowing the use of two predator-killing poisons.


Montana officials search for owner of dead cows along river

A total of nine dead cows have been found along a Montana River and wildlife officials say while it’s not common, it’s also not unheard of.


Officials predict low return of steelhead to Snake River

Fisheries managers are predicting this year’s return of steelhead to the Snake River and its tributaries will be the lowest in about two decades.


Six Eastern Oregon counties will no longer use cyanide traps

Six eastern Oregon counties say they are halting the use of cyanide traps to kill coyotes to protect the state’s wolf population.


Oregon State Police help rescue 2 ducklings from storm drain

To protect and serve and … rescue ducklings?


UPDATED: Fri., March 31, 2017, 4:16 p.m.

China plans panda preserve 3 times size of Yellowstone park

China is planning to create a preserve for the giant panda that will be three times the size of Yellowstone National Park in the western U.S.


Washington wolf population continues to grow

Wildlife officials say the Washington wolf population is on the rise in the state Department of Fish and Wildlife latest report.


UPDATED: Thu., March 30, 2017, 10:19 p.m.

Sockeye salmon removed from flood-threatened Idaho hatchery

About 4,000 endangered Snake River sockeye salmon have been evacuated from a flood-threatened hatchery in southwestern Idaho.


Oregon man not cited for picking up dehydrated bear cub

State authorities say a man who found a 3-month-old black bear along an Oregon hiking trail and took it to a wildlife rehabilitation center has been warned but not cited.


Livestock grazing can benefit struggling sage grouse, study says

A new study disputes a widely-held view that livestock grazing is largely incompatible with a ground-dwelling bird that has suffered a dramatic population decline across its 11-state range in the …


Wolf attack in Eastern Oregon leaves 16 chickens, seven geese missing

Wildlife officials say a wolf pack killed at least eight chickens and a goose in Eastern Oregon.


Two for the Road: Couple explores Tanzania parks in rental camping Rover

“The large male elephant looked up and stared directly into the front window, giving me that piercing stink-eye look that says, get out of my way,” said Bill Pierce, recalling …


Bears, bruises and rain: 5 days in Glacier National Park

When someone tells you they spotted a 750-pound grizzly bear lurking around the same trail you are strolling, the typical response is to turn and head in the opposite direction. …


Eggs of threatened frog discovered in California

A discovery involving a rare California frog has researchers hopping for joy.


Some fish-wildlife legislation still alive in Olympia

Of more than 2,700 bills introduced by the 2017 Washington Legislature, about 650 made it past the halfway cutoff and were still alive going into this week in Olympia.


UPDATED: Fri., March 17, 2017, 11:19 p.m.

Report: Washington wolves continue steady increase of nearly 30 percent a year

Gray wolves continued their steady increase in population and range in Washington last year despite the deaths of at least 14 animals, according to a 25-page state report on the …


Alan Liere: Discoveries abound during walk up the driveway

I have been in this home north of Spokane for 22 years now. In the previous 50 years, my longest stay in one place was a house in Spokane where …


Idaho plan to save wildlife gets OK from federal officials

Federal officials said they have approved Idaho’s wildlife conservation plan that allows the state to seek federal money to bolster mainly nongame species and avoid potential listings under the Endangered …


Conservation group maps land protection strategy in Northwest states

A conservation group has created maps identifying key landscapes in three Western states most likely to sustain native species amid climate change and is distributing money to protect private lands …


Ammi Midstokke: Coexisting with nature in your kitchen

There are certain people out there, I am sure, that have a sort of karmic magnet for chaos. They are the people that somehow manage to pile several catastrophes into …


Mexico’s fight for endangered vaquita porpoise turns violent

A gang of dozens of fishermen overturned inspectors’ trucks, burned or destroyed 15 vehicles and patrol boats, and beat three inspectors from the office for environmental protection in a town …


House OKs bill to exempt some info about wolf attacks

The House has passed a bill that would exempt from public disclosure personal information about people who report or respond to wolf attacks in Washington state.


King Zulu, beloved white Bengal tiger at Audubon Zoo, dies

King Zulu, the white Bengal tiger that mesmerized scores of visitors to the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, has died.


Plans for Idaho dam water release poses threat to fish

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will have to release more water than normal this year from a northern Idaho dam because of ample snowpack, but the move …


Gray wolf recovery projects continue to drain millions of dollars from state coffers

Wolves were removed from the Endangered Species protections in Idaho and Montana in 2011 – eight years after wolf numbers had exceeded the minimum set for recovery in both states. …


Report: Restoration efforts in Columbia Basin helping salmon

The $500 million spent annually on habitat restoration projects and improvements are helping salmon, steelhead and other wildlife in the Columbia River Basin, federal agencies responsible for operating 14 federal …


Out & About: Wildlife need a break from humans as hard winter lingers

OUTSURVIVE – The public in general doesn’t seem to understand the importance to avoid disturbing big game on their winter ranges, especially in tough winters such as this. Elk, deer …