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WILDLIFE
Study: State’s gray wolf population steady in 2013

Study: State’s gray wolf population steady in 2013

By Ann McCreary
Gray wolves established four new packs in Washington over the past year, bringing the total number to 13 packs, and the state is home to five successful breeding pairs including the Methow Valley’s Lookout Pack, according to …
Nice kitty

Nice kitty

A cougar walking down the middle of the road in front of a West Chewuch home. This photo, taken by the homeowner, shows one of the cats collared during the course of local research efforts. This animal is not known to be involved in any of the depredation incidents in the Methow Valley this winter....
Cougar shot after killing dog west of Twisp

Cougar shot after killing dog west of Twisp

A dog was killed last week when a cougar attacked it outside a home about two miles up Twisp River Road. The attack occurred about 11 p.m. on March 5, said Capt. Chris Anderson, regional enforcement supervisor for Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The dog’s owner heard a commotion outside and discovered a cougar...
One year after wolf attack, dog fends off cougar at Carlton home

One year after wolf attack, dog fends off cougar at Carlton home

By Ann McCreary
It’s been a tough year for Shelby, a wolf-husky hybrid dog owned by John Stevie of Carlton. In March 2013 the dog was attacked by a gray wolf just outside her home, and early Monday morning (March 3) she was attacked again — this time by …
Permits issued to hunt cougars with hounds in the valley

Permits issued to hunt cougars with hounds in the valley

By Ann McCreary
In response to an above-average number of cougar-related complaints, three hunters have been issued special permits to hunt cougars with hounds in …
You lookin’ at me?

You lookin’ at me?

A seemingly disoriented but friendly goat greeted passers-by on Wolf Creek Road last weekend. None of the skiers or motorists into whose path the amiable goat ambled  knew where it might be from or who its owner was. A collar around the goat’s neck indicated that it likely was tethered before its solo sojourn.  Photo by...
Two more cougars shot, one after killing calf near Twisp

Two more cougars shot, one after killing calf near Twisp

By Ann McCreary
Two more cougars were shot and killed last weekend in the Methow Valley, one by a state wildlife official after the cougar killed a calf, and …
Cougar snatches ducks at Crown S Ranch; big cat tracked and chased away

Cougar snatches ducks at Crown S Ranch; big cat tracked and chased away

By Ann McCreary
A cougar snacked on a couple of organic ducks from Crown S Ranch on Twin Lakes Road Monday (Feb. 3) in the latest incident involving cougar predation …

Salmon recovery: County gets answers, but questions persist

By Marcy Stamper
Although the Okanogan County commissioners learned a lot about enhancing habitat for endangered fish, volunteer efforts that reduce erosion, and upgrades to fish screens that benefit …

WDFW proposes to monitor fish in Methow streams, rivers

By Ann McCreary Submerged antennas would be placed in up to 19 streams and rivers in the Methow Valley to monitor endangered fish species through a project proposed by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). The Methow Valley Ranger District is proposing to issue a five-year special use permit to WDFW to install and...