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Big bear — but not a grizzly

Big bear — but not a grizzly

A trail camera set by Mike Newman of Mount Vernon in the Big Valley Wildlife Area last week caught photos of an impressive bear that made Newman wonder if it might be a grizzly. Newman thought the bear, photographed on July 20, appeared in one image to have a hump on its shoulders and a dished...
Hungry bears foraging too close to local homes

Hungry bears foraging too close to local homes

Fire damage affected usual food supply By Ann McCreary Habitat damage from wildfires may be contributing to problems with black bears at homes in the lower Methow Valley, according to state wildlife officials. Washington Department of Fish and Game (WDFW) captured a small male bear last Friday (July 8) in a trap set at a...
Statewide survey finds strong support for grizzlies returning to N. Cascades

Statewide survey finds strong support for grizzlies returning to N. Cascades

A majority of registered voters in Washington support efforts to help grizzly bears recover in the North Cascades, according to a survey commissioned by Defenders of Wildlife. The survey conducted in May found that 80 percent of registered voters in the state support efforts to …

Loup Loup pack wolves fitted with radio collars for monitoring

Three gray wolves in the Loup Loup pack were captured by state wildlife biologists and fitted with GPS radio collars last week. The wolves include the breeding female of the pack, a yearling female and an adult male, said Donny Martorello, wolf policy lead …
White-nose syndrome shows up in Wasington

White-nose syndrome shows up in Wasington

The disease that’s wiped out at least 7 million bats in the East and Midwest has now jumped to the West. Hikers in Washington, 30 miles east of Seattle, found a sick little brown bat on March 11 and took it to a wildlife sanctuary, where it died a few days later. The USGS National Wildlife...
Cinder still in her den, but bear buddy shot by hunter

Cinder still in her den, but bear buddy shot by hunter

Cinder, the young black bear that was badly burned in the Carlton Complex fire in 2014, is still denned at a high elevation site, but the bear that was released into the wild with her last summer was killed by a hunter in the fall.
Statewide survey finds four new wolf packs, more breeding pairs

Statewide survey finds four new wolf packs, more breeding pairs

The Loup Loup gray wolf pack, confirmed last November, is one of four new packs identified in Washington last year as part of an annual survey of wolves throughout the state. Named for its territory around the Loup Loup Pass, the pack is believed…
WSU study shows wolves’ favorite prey is deer — but moose are also on the menu

WSU study shows wolves’ favorite prey is deer — but moose are also on the menu

An ongoing, state-funded study of interactions between wolves and livestock shows that — no big surprise — wolves primarily eat deer, according to a researcher involved in field studies conducted over the past two summers. The study is documenting, among other things, the types and numbers of animals killed and eaten by wolves …
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...