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WILDLIFE
A grizzly future for the North Cascades?

A grizzly future for the North Cascades?

The future of grizzly bears in the North Cascades — and whether action should be taken to restore the grizzly population here — will be open for discussion during a series of public meetings that begins in the Methow Valley next month. A public open house on …
Informational meetings on grizzly bears

Informational meetings on grizzly bears

The National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host several open houses in March to provide information about the potential for restoring grizzly bears in the North Cascades. The meetings are part of the Grizzly Bear Restoration Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process. The purpose of the EIS is to determine whether the...
A better bear trap

A better bear trap

New device will help WDFW deal with ‘problem’ animals By Ann McCreary The contraption consists of a big metal culvert pipe, 7 feet long and 4 feet in diameter, with a solid metal door on one end and metal mesh on the other, mounted on a low trailer. It’s a new bear trap, and for...
Latest wolverine capture adds to insights about behavior

Latest wolverine capture adds to insights about behavior

By Ann McCreary
A healthy male wolverine was captured and fitted with a radio collar last week, the first wolverine to be captured this winter as part of an ongoing study of the elusive mammals in the North Cascades. The 30-pound wolverine was …
Cinder the bear on way to Idaho for more rehab and recovery from burns

Cinder the bear on way to Idaho for more rehab and recovery from burns

By Ann McCreary
Plans are being made to transfer Cinder, the black bear cub burned in the Carlton Complex Fire, from a wildlife treatment facility in California to a rehabilitation center in Idaho. The bear cub has been recovering from her injuries at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care (LTWC) …
Methow cattle ranchers take part in WSU wolf study

Methow cattle ranchers take part in WSU wolf study

By Ann McCreary
Cattle ranchers Shauna and Dave Hicks said they had “mixed feelings” when they were asked to participate this summer in research investigating conflicts between wolves and livestock, funded by the Washington state Legislature. “As most ranchers would say, the less …
Lookout Pack wolf pup apparent victim of fires

Lookout Pack wolf pup apparent victim of fires

A Lookout Pack wolf pup was apparently the victim of this summer’s wildfires in mountains near the Methow Valley. Researchers conducting a study into wolf/livestock conflicts found the remains of a wolf pup a few weeks ago. The researchers have been monitoring the location of the Lookout Pack via a radio collar on one of...
Conservation groups seek reversal of WDFW wolf ruling

Conservation groups seek reversal of WDFW wolf ruling

By Ann McCreary Conservation groups are asking Gov. Jay Inslee to reverse the state wildlife commission’s denial of a petition asking for rules that limit killing wolves as a means of dealing with livestock depredations. Eight conservation groups filed a petition …
Fires destroy winter grazing range for thousands of deer

Fires destroy winter grazing range for thousands of deer

By Ann McCreary The Carlton Complex Fire that charred more than one-quarter-million acres in the Methow Valley and surrounding areas destroyed thousands of acres of winter range essential to the survival of mule deer and white tail deer. “Range for about one-third of …
Wolves targeted in Stevens County

Wolves targeted in Stevens County

WDFW will allow killing of Huckleberry Pack wolves preying on sheep flock The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) said in a press release this week that it was continuing efforts to find and remove up to four wolves from a pack that has killed at least 22 sheep from a flock grazing in...