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WILDLIFE
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...
Feds decline to list wolverines as endangered species

Feds decline to list wolverines as endangered species

By Ann McCreary

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced Tuesday (Aug. 12) that it is withdrawing its proposal to list wolverines under the Endangered Species Act. Wolverines have made a steady recovery in …

Badly burned bear cub has Cinder-ella story

Badly burned bear cub has Cinder-ella story

By Ann McCreary

A female bear cub that was badly burned in the Carlton Complex Fire is making a slow recovery after being flown last week to a wildlife rehabilitation center in Lake Tahoe, California. Named “Cinder” by her rescuers, the cub is dining on …

Wildlife training course at Basecamp

Wildlife training course at Basecamp

Citizen volunteers can help prevent poaching and protect wildlife through a free Citizen Wildlife Training course that will be offered Sunday (June 22), 3 – 5 p.m., at North Cascades Basecamp in Mazama. Presented by Eyes in the Woods, the two-hour class teaches how to identify, document and report poaching and other abuses of natural resources through...
Winthrop Town Hall critters

Winthrop Town Hall critters

It’s no secret that the town of Winthrop draws visitors from every walk of life, and Winthrop Town Hall sits right in the middle of town, so it’s no surprise they get a whole lot of … foot … traffic.  
Salmon crossing cracked dam, one way or another

Salmon crossing cracked dam, one way or another

By Marcy Stamper

Engineers, fish biologists and construction teams who scrambled to meet an April 15 deadline to devise a way to move the first of an expected 20,000 spring Chinook salmon over the fractured Wanapum Dam say they have met their initial goals.

Construction workers have retrofitted the fish ladders...

Salmon crossing cracked dam using modified fish ladders

Salmon crossing cracked dam using modified fish ladders

By Marcy Stamper

Engineers, fish biologists and construction teams who have scrambled to meet an April 15 deadline to devise a way to move the first of an expected 20,000 spring Chinook salmon over the fractured Wanapum Dam believe they have met their initial goals. Construction workers have …

WDFW asks for input on status of western gray squirrels in the Methow

WDFW asks for input on status of western gray squirrels in the Methow

By Ann McCreary
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking updated information on western gray squirrels as the agency considers whether to change the species’ status from threatened to endangered in Washington. The Methow Valley is among only a few …