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UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 20, 2019, 9:04 p.m.

Hunter faces charges after killing grizzly in Idaho in apparent mistake

A Montana hunter killed a grizzly bear in North Idaho on Tuesday, after apparently mistaking the endangered bruin for a more common black bear.


Retired Spokane-area coach, teacher joins wolf advisory group

A well-known Spokane-area cross country coach is the newest member of a group tasked with guiding and directing wolf policy in Washington.


Ammi Midstokke: The dogs that heal us

If you’ve seen me trotting along in the forest or meandering around the streets, you’ve probably also seen my dog (formally known as Freya the Brown Dog) by my side. …


Members of Idaho governor’s salmon working group say actual solutions are still many meetings away

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and Idaho’s effort to craft new salmon recovery policies won’t reach fruition in just one meeting — or even several.


Reader photo: Rummaging for the rut

Out of velvet and ready for the fall rut found this large bull moose putting on a few more pounds before the main event begins.


Do-it-yourself safari: South Africa’s Kruger National Park

In South Africa’s Kruger National Park, as the sun sets, humans flee to their shelters, gated towns interspersed throughout the park’s 7,532-square miles.


Hunting hot topic at online wolf management meeting

Hunting was on the minds of those that tuned into a virtual open house about wolf management on Tuesday.


Men face charges for walking on Old Faithful Geyser

Two men face criminal charges for walking onto Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park.


Idaho Panhandle forests hiring seasonal positions

The U.S. Forest Service started accepting applications Monday for more than 200 seasonal jobs on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests for the 2020 summer season. Positions are available in multiple …


Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for September 19

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for September 19


Montana offers free CWD testing

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will continue chronic wasting disease surveillance this year in high-priority areas in parts of northern, western and southern Montana, primarily from hunter-harvested animals.


Lands commissioner to address climate change, wildfire in Spokane Friday

The Dishman Hills Conservancy will host a fireside chat with Hilary Franz, the commissioner of public lands at the Washington Department of Natural Resources.


Riverside State Park Rock climbing competition, party to honor Jess Roskelley, raise money for trailhead

Jess Roskelley, an elite alpine climber from Spokane who died in April, will be honored at the inaugural JessFest Climbing Competition.


Where to go, what to hunt: North Idaho’s 2019 prospects

Hunting in Idaho, and the Panhandle Region specifically, should be good this year for elk and deer, according to regional wildlife biologist Kara Campbell.


Study suggests monogamous wolves make better parents

Wolf pups with monogamous parents are more likely to survive, according to new research from the University of Idaho.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 18, 2019, 9:41 a.m.

Beavers in Washington: a “sizzling hotbed of castor relocation”

More than a decade ago, before a water-loving rodent with a penchant for gnawing on trees became the


Over 820,000 visits to Yellowstone in August

Yellowstone National Park recorded just over 820,000 recreational visits during August and has exceeded 3.1 million visitors for the year so far.


Grouse Flats wolves kill calf on private land

The Grouse Flats wolf pack in Garfield County has been credited with killing a 450-pound calf on Aug. 30, according to a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife news release.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 13, 2019, 9:43 a.m.

After threats of violence, online wolf post-recovery meetings scheduled

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will host three online meetings to discuss how to manage wolves once they are fully recovered and delisted.


U.S. expands hunting, fishing at national wildlife refuges, minimal impacts in Washington

The Trump administration is expanding hunting and fishing in 77 national wildlife refuges, in what it says is a bonus for hunters and anglers, but what critics contend is deferring …


Spokane fly fisherman ties flies, sparks national movement, to help Hurricane Dorian victims

It was a simple calculation. “My ability to tie flies and sell them far outpaces my ability to write big checks.”


Where to go, what to hunt: Eastern Washington’s 2019 prospects

With the general hunting season opener for most of Washington about a month out, now is the time for the unprepared hunter to panic.


Notable 2019 hunting rule changes: No antlerless deer hunting, liberalized black bear season

No more antlerless deer hunting. That’s the biggest change in for Eastern Washington hunters in 2019.


Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for September 12

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for September 12


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019, 4:15 p.m.

Reader photo: Quail spotting

Mary Jo Stauner took this photo of a female California quail on July 24 on Spokane’s South Hill.


Idaho’s City of Rocks chief temporarily bans highlining

The park superintendent for two popular Idaho outdoor destinations near Almo issued a temporary ban Wednesday on highlining activity after seeing two different parties engaging in the sport.


Turnbull refuge work party scheduled

Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge and the Spokane Audubon Society and Friends of Turnbull will host a work party Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon.


The Spokesman-Review’s high school outdoor writing contest is accepting submissions

Summer is ending, fall is on the doorstep and it’s time for area highs school students to rev their writing engines.


Jack McNeel: Evolution of a lifelong hunter and nature lover

Last January, Eli Francovich ran an article in The Spokesman-Review concerning his first year of hunting. He wrote of the early mornings, cold weather, days without success and questioned, “Why …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019, 8:53 a.m.

Idaho Fish and Game commission requests nonresident hunter cap, fee increase

In an effort to address complaints of overcrowding, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission hopes to cap the number of nonresident hunter tags sold. They are also looking at increasing …