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Field reports: Badger Lake rehab proposal presented

FISHING – A proposal for using rotenone to restore Badger Lake into a standout trout-fishing lake will be presented at a public meeting on Wednesday, 7 p.m., at the Spokane County Public Library, 610 First St. in Cheney.

The treatment would rid the lake of bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, brown bullheads and tench so that cutthroat and rainbow trout can be restored.

The infestation of spiny-ray fish has dramatically reduced the number of trout the state can successfully stock in what traditionally has been one Washington’s top trout lakes.  The infestation also is affecting the fishery downstream at popular Williams Lake.

Public comment will be taken at the meeting by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife staff. Rotenone is an organic used in lake and stream rehabilitations for more than 70 years.

The department is also proposing to treat a five-mile section of Smalle Creek in Pend Oreille County to remove non-native eastern brook trout in order to restore native westslope cutthroat.

A meeting on that project is set for Wednesday, 6 p.m., at the American Legion Post, 150 E. Timber St. in Cusick.

A decision on the proposals will be made in September.

Sprague access closed

FISHING – The public access site on the southwest end of Sprague Lake in Adams County off Danekas Road will be closed Monday through Sept. 7 for construction to improve boat-launching and parking facilities.

Access to the lake and boat launching will continue to be provided for a small fee at Sprague Lake Resort on the east end, Four Seasons Campground and Resort on the northwest side, plus a privately owned unimproved access.

Bison flips selfie-snapper

CRITTERS – A bison flipped a woman into the air as she posed for a selfie with the massive beast on Wednesday, prompting Yellowstone National Park officials to step up warnings for tourists to keep their distance.

The dangerous encounter was the fifth run-in between park-goers and bison this year.

Park officials told the Associated Press that the 43-year-old Mississippi woman turned her back on the animal to get a photo with it near the Fairy Falls trailhead just outside Old Faithful.

Someone nearby saw the woman and her daughter about 6 yards from the animal and warned they were too close just before it came at them.

They tried to run, but the bison caught the woman and tossed her with its head.

The woman’s family drove her to a nearby clinic where she was treated for minor injuries.

(The woman) “said they knew they were doing something wrong but thought it was OK because other people were nearby,” park spokeswoman Amy Bartlett said. “People are getting way too close.”

In separate incidents earlier this year, bison gored a 68-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl and tossed an off-trail teenager and an Australian tourist into the air.

Five bison encounters resulting in injuries are unusual during a season, Bartlett said. “One or two is more normal.”

Yellowstone prohibits people from getting within 25 yards of bison and within 100 yards of bears and wolves.

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