Today is Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

WILDLIFE

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
Wildlife

Wildlife

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.
Batty

Batty

Forest Service biologist Kent Woodruff brought two pallid bats to show children in the Summer Reading program at the Winthrop Library last Wednesday (July 24). The furry, blond pallid bat is a desert species unknown in the Methow Valley until Woodruff and naturalist Dana Visalli discovered a small colony under a bridge in Carlton 15...
Managing the big cats

Managing the big cats

Groundbreaking study changes how state’s cougar population is controlled   By ANN McCREARY The social behavior of cougars, studied for more than a decade by a team of state biologists, is the basis for a new approach to managing the big cats in Washington. The research has revealed that cougar populations are naturally self-controlling because...

‘Lucky’ Libby relocated after suspected alpaca kill

Cougar trapped near Carlton tagged, collared and released within his range ByJoyce Campbell A cougar captured and released on Friday the 13th was a lucky guy, unlike the alpaca he is accused of killing and feeding on. He’ll need a lot of luck if he is to survive. The two-year-old cat is part of a...