WDFW exploring placement options Three young cougars that were captured last week in Winthrop are being cared for in Wenatchee while state wildlife officials work to arrange their transfer to an accredited zoo or wildlife refuge. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) law enforcement officers trapped the cougar kittens (also called cubs) last week […]
The Methow Beaver Project and Okanogan Highlands Alliance will present a program, “People and Beavers Rebuilding Watershed Resilience – Naturally!” on Friday (Jan. 31) at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp. Learn how people could help beavers repair streams severely damaged by our catastrophic wildfires, devastating flooding and long-term disturbances. The evening will include stories of […]
WDFW study uses helicopters to tag mule deer EDITOR’S NOTE: This article has been updated to correct the estimated size of the mule deer subherds. (Jan. 30, 2020) It takes just six to eight minutes to ensnare a mule deer doe in a net, take her body measurements and a blood sample, and fit her […]
Main object is to stop new timber sales Logging planned for the Libby and Buttermilk creek areas would harm endangered fish, mammals and birds and violate environmental laws and the U.S. Forest Service’s own land-management plans, according to a lawsuit filed by a conservation group to stop the 50,000-acre Mission Restoration Project. The lawsuit, filed […]
Draft plan for N. Cascades still under review If you’ve never commented about the possibility of reintroducing grizzly bears into the North Cascades, or have already commented but have something more to say, now’s the time. The National Park Service (NPS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) said last week that they are […]
States, tribes would take over management Gray wolves, listed as a federally endangered species in the western two-thirds of Washington state, including the Methow Valley, would be removed from the list of protected species under a proposal announced recently by the Trump administration. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced plans to remove Endangered […]
Kent Woodruff says numerous local residents have told him that there don’t seem to be as many birds at their feeders this winter. A recently completed bird count may shed some light on those observations, and the possible impacts of climate change on local bird populations.
They huddle in the trees along the river in Winthrop, or saunter across Highway 20 in Twisp, blocking traffic and staring down motorists.
They are the Methow Valley (semi)-wild turkeys. A group that some …
Since they first made their presence in Washington known 10 years ago, gray wolves have been a source of controversy. When multiple agencies became involved in a recent encounter between wolves and a human, the result was confusion, frustration and mistrust.
A seasonal employee of the U.S. Forest Service, who climbed a tree after efforts to scare off two adult gray wolves by yelling and using bear spray were unsuccessful, was rescued by a helicopter on Thursday (July 12). The woman, who hasn’t been identified, was unharmed.
The encounter with the wolves occurred …