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WILDLIFE
Cinder out of hibernation in Idaho, making good recovery

Cinder out of hibernation in Idaho, making good recovery

Along with many of Washington’s black bears, Cinder has emerged from hibernation at an Idaho rehabilitation center where she spent the winter, preparing for her return to the Methow Valley.
Cougar killed after close encounter at Rendezvous home

Cougar killed after close encounter at Rendezvous home

Nate Hirsch, 15, was sitting on a couch in his upper Rendezvous home before school last week when he sensed something that made him turn around and look toward a window just behind him.
Black bears may make early emergence from hibernation

Black bears may make early emergence from hibernation

By Ann McCreary Unseasonably warm weather means Washington’s black bears are on the move earlier than normal this spring, and wildlife managers have tips for avoiding conflicts with hungry bruins. “Black bears usually start making an appearance in mid-to-late April, but warm weather can cause them to stir earlier,” said Rich Beausoleil, bear and cougar...
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...