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WILDLIFE
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...
Another cougar attack adds to high number of incidents

Another cougar attack adds to high number of incidents

By Ann McCreary
Another dog was attacked last week by a cougar that jumped onto the front porch of a Twisp River Road home. The cougar was frightened away before seriously …
Lookout wolves: Wildlife officials say pack is up to five members

Lookout wolves: Wildlife officials say pack is up to five members

By Ann McCreary
Wildlife officials have confirmed that five gray wolves, believed to be a breeding pair and their offspring, are living in the Lookout Pack territory in the mountains southwest of Twisp. “As of late December …

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.