wildlife

Spotted Bats
6:45 am
Fri July 18, 2014

How To Listen For A Spotted Bat

An Insect-Eating Spotted Bat.
Credit Paul Cryan / U.S. Geological Survey

When you think of bats, this guy might be the first thing that comes to mind.

“I am Dracula.”

You may find bats scary. But one group of nature lovers doesn’t. They recently spent a night out tracking bats in central Washington. They wanted to check-in on how bat populations are doing in the state. EarthFix reporter Courtney Flatt has more.

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Wild Horse Removal
7:16 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Feds To Remove Fewer Wild Horses From Western Rangelands This Year

The Bureau of Land Management plans to remove fewer wild horses from rangelands in the coming months.
Credit MTSOfan / Flickr

The federal Bureau of Land Management plans to capture and remove fewer wild horses from Western rangelands this summer. An agency statement blames budget constraints and already-full holding pens. Correspondent Tom Banse has more.

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Salmon Lawsuit
6:49 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Federal Salmon Plan Heads Back To Courtroom

Fish supporters Tuesday once again challenged the government’s plan to manage dams on the Columbia River to protect endangered salmon and steelhead.
Credit Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

It’s back to court for the federal government and salmon advocates. Fish supporters Tuesday once again challenged the government’s plan to manage dams on the Columbia River and protect endangered salmon and steelhead. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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Cougars
5:10 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Young-Adult Cougars Looking For A Home Of Their Own Can Cause Problems

Often, young cougars are trying to avoid larger, older cats and they are forced toward more populated areas and farms.
Credit Malcolm / Wikimedia

This time of year, young Northwest cougars are getting kicked out of the nest by their mother cats. That means many of these young adults are looking for their own home range. But these rookie hunters are in a cat-crowded field. That sometimes ends in trouble.

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Amon Creek Wildlands
5:47 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Natural Preserve Supporters Hope For More Study Of Planned Road

The City of Richland has plans to build a road through the Amon Creek wildlands.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

The fate of a natural preserve in southcentral Washington still hangs in the balance. That’s because the City of Richland has plans to build a road through the Amon Creek Wildlands. But community outcry and hours of public testimony might be forcing a change of heart.

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Bighorn Sheep Disease
6:08 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Northwest’s Wild Bighorn Sheep See No Relief From Pneumonia Outbreaks

Pneumonia is often deadly in Bighorn sheep.
Credit Jack Barrie / Wikimedia

Bighorn sheep in the Northwest have their lambs in early spring. About now, those babies start playing together in the mountains. It’s sort of like lamby daycare. But that sweet, social behavior is spreading a deadly disease in several herds throughout the region.

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Raven Killing
5:13 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Environmentalists See Chance To Quash Idaho Raven-Killing Experiment

A plan to poison 3,500 ravens in Idaho won’t proceed this year.
Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

A plan to poison 3,500 ravens in Idaho won’t proceed this year as state wildlife managers had hoped. The idea is to stop the ravens from eating the eggs of the imperiled sage grouse. Conservation groups call it a ridiculous scheme. An online petition against the plan has received more than 60,000 signatures.

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Sage Grouse
5:23 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Oregon Landowners Agree To Protect Sage Grouse

One county in Southeastern Oregon has announced one of the largest land conservation agreements in the state to protect greater sage grouse.
Credit Pacific Southwest Region U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

One county in Southeastern Oregon has announced one of the largest land conservation agreements in the state to protect greater sage grouse. The birds live in sagebrush country, but their habitat is shrinking because of people, wildfires and invasive species.

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Bears
4:16 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Ilwaco Retiree Could Be First Charged Under New Law Banning Feeding Of Bears

Washington Fish and Wildlife police are recommending that an Ilwaco woman face charges for allegedly feeding wild bears.
Credit Dam421 / Wikimedia

The bears have woken up and once more that’s creating problems around the region. Washington Fish and Wildlife police are recommending that an Ilwaco woman face charges for allegedly feeding wild bears. Wildlife agents have removed seven problematic black bears from her neighborhood and had to euthanize five of them since last fall.

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Cougar Attack
5:56 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Oregon Fines Wildlife Sanctuary Following Deadly Cougar Attack

The state of Oregon is fining a wildlife sanctuary after a cougar attack last fall left its head keeper dead.
Credit Steve Jurvetson / Published on Flickr

The state of Oregon is fining a wildlife sanctuary $5,600 after a cougar attack left its head keeper dead. The incident happened last fall. State inspectors outlined serious safety violations in a report released Monday.

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