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Breakthrough on cougar hunting bill

Posted by Jasmine Minbashian at Mar 31, 2011 02:00 PM |

An agreement struck this week between Conservation Northwest and and State Representative Joel Kretz could be a truce in the long-running fight over hunting cougars with dogs, and lead to better state management of the big cats that some see as an icon of the West and others see as a hazard to people and livestock.

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WA Wolf Bills ‘Spectacular In Their Awfulness’

Posted by Jasmine Minbashian at Jan 20, 2011 04:35 PM |

Today NW Sportsman had a blog entry about the three extreme wolf bills introduced into the state legislature, with a lot of quotes from Conservation Northwest on our take on these bills. Its a good read, so check it out.

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Washington's wolves are back in the news

Washington's wolves are back in the news

Posted by Jasmine Minbashian at Aug 26, 2010 12:00 PM |
Filed under: wildlife wolf

The latest news about Washington's two wolf packs.

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Columbia Highlands proposal explained

Columbia Highlands proposal explained

Posted by Jasmine Minbashian at Aug 03, 2010 03:20 PM |
Filed under: Columbia Highlands

You may have seen all the press around the public launch of the Columbia Highlands Initiative last week. We couldn't be more pleased with quality of the coverage. Both Becky Kramer (The Spokesman Review) and Craig Welch (The Seattle Times) did a good job of boiling down the elements of a fairly complex proposal that includes both public and private land conservation. Still, we've been hearing a few questions that warrant some clarification. Here is a look at the Columbia Highlands Initiative proposal in greater depth.

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It must be something (not) in the water

It must be something (not) in the water

Posted by Jasmine Minbashian at Oct 26, 2009 10:40 AM |

Washington Watershed Restoration Initiative wins Forest Service's 2009 National Watershed Award.

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Wolverine caught on film in WA's southern Cascades

Wolverine caught on film in WA's southern Cascades

Posted by Jasmine Minbashian at Oct 20, 2009 12:30 PM |
Filed under: wolverine remote camera

A rare sighting of a wolverine south of Mt. Rainier was captured on a remote camera in the southern portion of the Goat Rocks Wilderness at 6300 ft.

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Fresh tracks in fresh pow

Fresh tracks in fresh pow

Conservation Northwest is calling all backcountry skiers, boarders, and snowshoers for our winter wolverine tracking program. Yodeleheehoo!

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We need all creatures great and small

We need all creatures great and small

Posted by Jasmine Minbashian at Oct 07, 2009 11:10 AM |

New study published in the journal Bioscience concludes that a catastrophic decline around the world of "apex" predators such as wolves, cougars, lions or sharks has led to a huge increase in smaller "mesopredators" that are causing major economic and ecological disruptions.

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Howling with Methow ranchers

Howling with Methow ranchers

Posted by Jasmine Minbashian at Sep 29, 2009 09:27 PM |

Conservation Northwest kicks the dirt with Methow Valley ranchers to get proactive on livestock protection and wolf recovery.

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With a face like that...

With a face like that...

A recent decision to designate critical habitat for lynx in the lower 48 is good news, but falls short in Washington. The Wenatchee World ran a Sunday feature on lynx in north central Washington, exploring the challenges facing their long-term survival and the importance of protecting places like the Kettle Range.

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Time is running out for North Cascades "ghost bears"

Time is running out for North Cascades "ghost bears"

Posted by Jasmine Minbashian at Feb 05, 2009 07:25 PM |
Filed under: grizzly wildlife What's Hot

Joe Scott comments on Seattle Times book review on "Grizzly Wars: The Public Fight Over the Great Bear" by David Knibb. He thanks Mr. Knibb for alerting Washingtonians that we're about to lose the only remaining population of grizzly bears outside of the Rocky Mountains, the grizzly bears of the North Cascades. But he begs to differ on another point: opinion polls show people to be strongly in favor, not divided, in their support for recovery of the great bear.

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Canines keep it real

Canines keep it real

Posted by Jasmine Minbashian at Jan 27, 2009 01:45 PM |

Wolves last roamed the Olympic Peninsula nearly a century ago. A new study argues the absence of these predators has led to dramatic and often destructive shifts in the area's ecology.

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