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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...
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 …