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WILDLIFE

Cougars on the prowl, not increase, officials say

By Ann McCreary
The recent series of cougar attacks on domestic animals may have people wondering if there are more cougars than usual in the Methow Valley. Not so, says a wildlife researcher who has studied cougars here for more than a decade.
Sharp divisions remain in debate over removing wolves from federal protection

Sharp divisions remain in debate over removing wolves from federal protection

By Ann McCreary
Local politicians and conservationists have weighed in on opposites sides of the debate over a proposal to remove gray wolves from protection under the Federal Endangered Species Act. As home to the Lookout Pack …
Cougar sightings, encounters continue to add up in the valley

Cougar sightings, encounters continue to add up in the valley

By Ann McCreary
Although it’s been several days since she came face-to-face with the cougar that was attacking her dog, Julie Langeberg of Mazama said she is “still kind of weirded out about it.” Langeberg’s cougar encounter, which took place Jan. 2, …

Coming to terms with cougars

Cougars are a fact of life in the Methow Valley, and while they rarely pose a threat to humans, it’s wise to be aware of their presence and take some basic precautions, said Cal Treser, wildlife officer for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Human, pet encounters with cougars increase each winter

Human, pet encounters with cougars increase each winter

By Marcy Stamper
Close encounters between cougars and domestic animals — and their owners — have been reported near Twisp and Winthrop over the past few weeks.
Feds extend commenting deadline on wolverines’ listing status

Feds extend commenting deadline on wolverines’ listing status

By Ann McCreary
Studies indicating wolverines could lose their snowy habitat due to climate change prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to propose listing the rare carnivores as a threatened species.
Watch raptors at Chelan Ridge festival

Watch raptors at Chelan Ridge festival

The fourth annual Chelan Ridge Hawk Migration Festival will be celebrated this weekend with events from Pateros to Mazama. The festival, sponsored by the Methow Valley Ranger District, North Central Washington Audubon Society, HawkWatch International and the North Cascades Basecamp, begins Saturday (Sept. 14) at Memorial Park in Pateros, where there will be related displays,...
Fishers will be reintroduced in North Cascades and Mt. Rainier national parks

Fishers will be reintroduced in North Cascades and Mt. Rainier national parks

By Ann McCreary
The Pacific fisher, a native animal that has been absent from Washington state for decades, would be reintroduced in North Cascades and Mount Rainier national parks
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Conservation groups seek stronger wolf protections

Conservation groups seek stronger wolf protections

By Ann McCreary
A coalition of conservation organizations is advocating amending some provisions of Washington’s Wolf Conservation and Management Plan to make them legally binding.