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With fewer than 30 vaquita porpoises left, WWF calls for fishing ban

The World Wildlife Fund on Monday called for a complete ban on fishing in the habitat of the vaquita porpoise, noting an international committee of experts has determined that fewer …


Trade in African lion bones for Asian market faces scrutiny

Wildlife traffickers in a major African park have been offering rewards for a full lion carcass, raising concerns that poachers are increasingly targeting a vulnerable species because of demand in …


‘Worst conditions in 20 years’ prompt closure of Washington wildlife areas in Asotin County

Two southeastern Washington wildlife areas totaling 11,000 acres are closed to public access through April to prevent human disturbance to deer and elk struggling through the worst winter conditions in …


Birders in Idaho worry harsh winter may hurt hummingbirds

Bird lovers in Idaho are worried that an unusually cold and snowy winter may have harmed or killed some of the Anna’s hummingbirds that spend the winter in there despite …


APNewsBreak: Deal allows Yellowstone bison slaughter

A deal disclosed Thursday will allow the mass slaughter of hundreds of wild bison migrating from Yellowstone National Park, while sparing 25 animals that American Indian tribes want to start …


Alan Liere: Differentiating between varieties of little brown birds

I recently visited a friend and his wife who live just down the road from me here on Wildrose Prairie. When I pulled into their snow-covered driveway, I noticed the …


Moscow police to residents: Stop reporting moose sightings

Police in the northern Idaho city of Moscow are telling residents to stop calling to report moose sightings. The agency in a statement Wednesday says it has been receiving many …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 3:44 p.m.

Idaho spending $650,000 to feed elk and deer, a record since at least 2003

Idaho is feeding about 7 percent of the state’s elk and nearly 2 percent of its deer population to keep the animals off agricultural crops as they try to survive …


National Zoo suspends search for escaped bobcat

The National Zoo is suspending its search from a bobcat that escaped from its enclosure.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 31, 2017, 6:07 p.m.

Moose rescued after fall into Idaho basement

Authorities say a female moose is safe after she fell through an unlatched window into the basement of an Idaho home.


Bobcat escapes from National Zoo in Washington

A bobcat has escaped from its enclosure at the National Zoo in Washington but the zoo says the animal poses no danger to people.


In South Africa, conservationists offer fake leopard hides to curb poaching

Many worshippers at a large religious gathering in South Africa this weekend will wear leopard skins, seen as symbols of status and power. But some of the pelts are fake, …


Crust-covered snow spells deadly conditions for wildlife

The wind-packed or sun-crusted snow blanketing much of the region this week delivers one of the most difficult survival tests for wintering birds and a wildlife.


Disease killing ducks, other birds at wildlife refuge

An outbreak of avian cholera has killed about 500 birds at the McNary National Wildlife Refuge in south-central Washington this week. The Tri-City Herald says crews on Thursday were at …


Rich Landers: Critter tracks read like story in the snow

Early Sunday morning while reading the newspaper, Rich Landers contemplated several options for making the best of the day outdoors.


Varied thrush’s haunting call pierces the forest in winter

On gray mornings in winter, the haunting two-note trill of one of the Northwest’s most secretive birds pierces the chilly air.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 24, 2017, 5:39 p.m.

Endangered Hawaiian monk seal population rises to 1,400

The population of Hawaiian monk seals, one of the world’s most critically endangered marine mammals, has been increasing 3 percent a year for the past three years, federal wildlife officials …


Elk numbers stabilizing in northern Yellowstone

State and federal biologists say elk numbers in the northern part of Yellowstone National Park have stabilized after a long-term decline.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, 11:55 a.m.

Animals struggle with heavy snow, winter weather in Idaho

While Idaho residents are lamenting heavy snowpack and icy roads, wildlife in the state have been struggling in the backcountry.


Oregon to decide Friday on Columbia salmon reforms

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet here Friday to make its decision on the Columbia River salmon management reforms.


In Brief: Eagle Cap Extreme sled dog race has strong field

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Feds draft plan to restore grizzly bears to North Cascades

Federal officials released a draft plan this week for restoring grizzly bears to the North Cascades.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 15, 2017, 11:37 p.m.

Wolverine caught on remote camera in west-central Idaho

A wolverine has been recorded on an Idaho Fish and Game camera near McCall in west-central Idaho as part of a four-state study to determine where the elusive mammals live.


Bighorn sheep in Montana get health checkup

State wildlife biologists have captured 32 members of a herd of bighorn sheep that live both in Montana and Canada and given them health checkups.


Bird counters fly high from field day

Spokane Audubon Society members are experts at identifying a tweet in the distance, picking out little grayish birds flitting through through tree branches or identifying distant waterfowl. And they have …


Feds weigh petition asking for whale protection zone

The federal government is considering whether it should set up an area off Washington’s San Juan Island where endangered killer whales would be protected from motorboats and other disturbances.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, 11:03 p.m.

Tom Vilsack leaving USDA a week early, no replacement named

Secretary Tom Vilsack is leaving the Agriculture Department a week before his tenure ends and President-elect Donald Trump takes office. Trump has not chosen Vilsack’s replacement. Vilsack told employees in …


Plan offers 4 options for restoring grizzly bears to Washington

Grizzly bears once roamed the rugged landscape of the North Cascades in Washington state but few have been sighted in recent decades.


Yellowstone begins bison capture, slaughter to reduce herd

At least 100 Yellowstone National Park bison have been trapped in southwestern Montana corrals as the National Park Service works to reduce herd sizes.


Rusty patched bumblebee now an endangered species

The rusty patched bumblebee has become the first bee species in the continental U.S. to be declared endangered after suffering a dramatic population decline over the past 20 years, federal …