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Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife Game Warden Dave Jones says he was just as shocked by reports of a dead grizzly bear on a Whatcom County beach last week as anyone else. In fact, he … more
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission unanimously voted to deny a petition allowing those 65 and older to use a crossbow for hunting during archery season. The commission is appointed by the … more
Human-animal encounters — of the violent kind — have been in the news. Most notably, and closest to home, a 9-year-old girl was attacked by a cougar less than two hours from Spokane. … more
Mountain goats and their kids were visible from the Johnston Ridge Observatory at Mount St. Helens this Wednesday evening as the observatory closed for the night after its second day open in three … more
Columbia River spring chinook salmon sportfishing below Bonneville Dam will continue through June 15 with just one break for a limited commercial fishery Monday. Oregon and Washington biologists … more
Editor’s Note: The following article was published last month by WDFW. The spring Chinook salmon hatchery program on the Cowlitz River does double duty: not only does it provide angling … more
Some days the fish just don’t bite. But once in a while, the piscean stars seem to align. Saturday at Mineral Lake was one of those days. With cheeks a jolly red from a day in the sun, … more
As Mineral Lake shone green in the morning sun on Saturday, folks walked around the lakeside Lions Den Campground with coffee mugs in hand and grins on their faces. One man approached camp manager … more
Shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) confirmed Friday that the final round of razor clam digging can proceed as planned from April 29 to May 7 to wrap up a … more
There were a minimum of 206 wolves and 33 packs in Washington state in 2021, according to an annual survey conducted by state and tribal biologists. Those numbers represent an increase of 16%, … more
Mount St. Helens is an elusive wonder.  It steps out of the morning fog to offer majestic views, only to don a veil of clouds moments later. Still, the headless peak has become an icon of … more
A five-hour opening for recreational smelt dipping along the Cowlitz River brought Snow Bai and her 11-year-old daughter Jessica nearly an hour north Saturday. The pair from Camas dipped for the … more
Jason Phelps, 38, of Pe Ell, was camouflaged by a tree in the Lincoln National Forest in New Mexico, a bow in one hand and an interpreter’s dictionary, of sorts, in the other. Phelps was … more
The Packwood Trail Project held its annual public meeting on Jan. 22, where board members presented the project’s mission and goals. The organization was first formed, informally, in 2016 … more
Bob Russell jumps enthusiastically out of his pickup onto the side of the road near an unassuming portion of state Route 6, just east of Adna. He runs over to a nearby stream — Mill Creek, … more
Capturing and collaring bighorn sheep, including some in the Yakima River Canyon, marked the next step in the state's ongoing efforts to limit the spread of a deadly bacteria. The Washington … more
Alex Dietz of Bend, Oregon, was fly fishing with an egg pattern on the Deschutes River outside Warm Springs on Dec. 19 when he hooked a 5-pound, 12-ounce, 24-inch long mountain whitefish with a … more
Snow and cold weather have biologists worrying about regional wildlife, particularly after Eastern Washington deer herds were hit hard by two deadly diseases this summer. Washington Department of … more
Hunters who report their 2021 black bear, deer, elk or turkey hunting results by Jan. 10 will have the opportunity to win one of nine deer and elk incentive permits for fall 2022, Washington … more
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