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Colville Tribe expands wolf hunting off reservation while pro-wolf groups wail

ENDANGERED SPECIES – While animal advocate groups write letters and court the media and public for more "transparency" in managing Washington's recovering wolf population, Native Americans are expanding their options for wolf hunting. Animal groups seem to go frantic every time a wolf is threatened...

Lake Roosevelt sturgeon fishing to close July 31 to prevent overharvest

FISHING -- Anglers are a victim of their own success at Lake Roosevelt where the reservoir's first sturgeon fishing season will be closed after opening two months ago, a state fisheries manager said today. The closure, which hasn't yet been officially announced, is being set...

Lake Roosevelt white sturgeon fishery to open May 27

FISHING -- After decades of effort to restore white sturgeon in the Columbia River upstream from Grand Coulee Dam, anglers will finally get a chance to catch and keep some of the huge fish starting Saturday. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced...

Nez Perce reintroduce coho salmon to Grande Ronde basin

FISHING -- Coho salmon took a big leap toward restoration in the Grande Ronde River basin on Thursday as the Nez Perce Tribe, coordinating with Oregon Fish and Wildlife, released 500,000 coho smolts into the Lostine River. A ceremony was held to honor the salmon...

Tribal hunting rights trial set in Canada

HUNTING -- The rights of Sinixt (Arrow Lakes) Colville Tribal members to hunt in their traditional territory in Canada will be tested in a trial set to start on Monday Sep. 19, in the Provincial Court of British Columbia. Here's information from the Colville Confederated...

Rich Landers: Reardan students debate salmon, dams, other natural resources issues

Unlike the “debaters” we’ve come to know on TV, a Reardan High School class is tackling natural resource issues without attempting to persuade, promote or ridicule. The students are researching presentations with a refreshing goal: To educate themselves and audiences on potentially contentious outdoor topics.

Doubling of Roosevelt trout limit OKed by commission

FISHING -- The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission this morning voted to eventually increase the limit of hatchery-marked rainbow trout from five a day to 10 a day at Lake Roosevelt. Wild redband trout with intact adipose fins would have to be released, with an...