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Grizzly expert makes case for recovery in N. Cascades

Grizzly expert makes case for recovery in N. Cascades

A regional expert on grizzlies made the case last week for helping the “charismatic and controversial creatures” return to their historical home in the North Cascades. Joe Scott of Conservation Northwest has spent 20 years researching and advocating for …
Beavers may be part of answer to climate change

Beavers may be part of answer to climate change

Local relocation project returns animals to natural habitat By Ann McCreary Can a rodent species native to the Methow Valley help solve problems created by climate change? Absolutely, according to a local biologist who leads the Methow Beaver Project. Beavers, the animal kingdom’s version of the Army Corps of Engineers, build dams that store water...
Ruling bars federal Wildlife Services Program from killing wolves

Ruling bars federal Wildlife Services Program from killing wolves

A federal judge has barred the federal Wildlife Services program from participating in lethal removal of gray wolves in Washington, and rejected an Environmental Assessment (EA) prepared by the agency. In response to a challenge brought by a coalition of conservation organizations, U.S. District Judge Robert Bryan said last week that…
Another gray wolf pack identified in Methow Valley

Another gray wolf pack identified in Methow Valley

The Methow Valley is now home to two gray wolf packs, with a new pack confirmed to be living in territory that includes Loup Loup Pass. State and federal wildlife officials last week confirmed the presence of the gray wolf pack and said it will be designated the Loup Loup …
The beaver believers

The beaver believers

When Chomper and Sandy met in a concrete pen in Winthrop, it was love at first sniff. He’s an inquisitive 44-pound male, busted for felling apple trees. She’s a lustrous red-blonde, incarcerated for killing cottonwoods. Sandy had first been paired with an inmate named Hendrix, but they lacked …
Lamprey release seeks to re-establish the ancient fish in the Methow River

Lamprey release seeks to re-establish the ancient fish in the Methow River

Pacific lamprey are hardy creatures — they have been found in fossil records more than 400 million years old — but in recent years their numbers in the Methow River watershed have dropped by 90 percent. Hoping the fish will spawn here in the spring and begin to reestablish the population, biologists with Yakama Nation …
Wildlife managers assessing fire impacts

Wildlife managers assessing fire impacts

Scorched landscape threatens many animal species By Ann McCreary For a second consecutive year, state wildlife managers are scrambling to assess the damage caused by massive wildfires that scorched four state wildlife areas in north central Washington, including the Methow Valley. Since mid-August, this year’s record-setting wildfires in Okanogan County have burned more than 505,000...
Rivers cooling off for fish, but low water levels still a problem

Rivers cooling off for fish, but low water levels still a problem

By Ann McCreary Water temperatures in Methow Valley rivers and streams have returned to near normal seasonal temperatures, and as a result the “hoot owl” fishing restriction imposed last month by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has been lifted effective Wednesday (Sept. 16). In the Methow Valley, the hoot owl restriction prohibited fishing...
WSU study tracks movements of Lookout Pack wolves

WSU study tracks movements of Lookout Pack wolves

By Ann McCreary The breeding female gray wolf of the Lookout Pack was captured and fitted with a radio collar earlier this summer, allowing biologists and researchers to track the pack’s movements. The Lookout Pack is once again being studied this summer, along with six other gray wolf packs in the state, in a multi-year...
Rattlesnake encounters bring a buzz to the valley

Rattlesnake encounters bring a buzz to the valley

The northern Pacific rattlesnake, Crotalis oreganus, has been turning up in the Methow Valley this summer in numbers sufficient to give some outdoor enthusiasts and their animal companions a new and unnerving definition of “up close and personal.” Wolves, moose, wolverines and the occasional bear all do their part to infuse the valley with a...