EarthFix Reports
8:25 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Feds Consider Grizzly Bear Reintroduction In Washington Cascades

A grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park. The National Park Service is evaluating whether to reintroduce grizzly bears to Washington's North Cascades.
National Park Service

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 2:45 pm

Only a handful of grizzly bears now roam the North Cascades of Washington.

Their numbers are so small that none of the 20 grizzlies have been sighted since 2010. The bears may now be getting some help.

A three-year process from the National Parks Service will find out if grizzly bears should be restored in the North Cascades. Officials are looking at a wide range of options. Those options include letting the bears recover on their own to transplanting bears from British Columbia.

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EarthFix Reports
8:25 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Washington Approves Killing Wolves After Livestock Attacks

Washington wildlife officials have authorized killing wolves from a pack outside of Spokane if they go after sheep from a herd that the Huckleberry Pack has attacked recently.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 3:27 pm

A rancher in northeastern Washington will be allowed to shoot wolves approaching his herd of sheep. State officials made the decision after they confirmed wolves killed dozens of his sheep.

The Huckleberry Pack usually roams around the Spokane Tribe of Indians reservation. But data from a radio-collared wolf shows it attacked a rancher’s sheep herd.

Officials confirmed 16 sheep were killed over a two-week period. The rancher used guard dogs and a herder to try to scare away the wolves.

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EarthFix Reports
8:24 am
Fri August 22, 2014

A Visit To The Largest Elwha River Dam In Its Final Moments

For 100 years the Glines Canyon Dam blocked the Elwha River, forming Lake Mills. Now, the lake has drained and that last 30 feet of the dam are set to be blown up next week.
Ashley Ahearn

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 6:43 am

PORT ANGELES, Wash. -- The National Park Service is in the final phase of the largest dam removal in U.S. history, taking place on the Olympic Peninsula.

Just 30 feet of concrete dam stand between the Elwha River and its freedom.

And early next week, it’ll be gone.

A giant orange crane moves slowly overhead as Don LaFord looks down from a narrow walkway over the Elwha River.

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8:49 am
Thu August 21, 2014

University Of Washington's Plans For Expansion Include Animal Lab, Medical Program In Spokane

Students walk through the UW's Quad on the Seattle campus.
Flickr Photo/Curtis Cronn (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with University of Washington President Michael Young for an annual check-in. In this installment, he discusses a planned $124 million underground animal research laboratory on the Seattle campus and the expansion of the university's five-state medical program in Spokane. 

Last week, he discussed sexual assault policies and the state of athletic compensation at the university.

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Animal Rights
11:19 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Facing Backlash, SeaWorld Expands Killer Whale Habitats

In this April 10, 2014 photo, Sea World trainer Michelle Shoemaker hugs killer whale Kayla as she works on a routine before a show, in Orlando, Fla. SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. has faced criticism over its treatment of its captive killer whales since the release of the highly-critical documentary, "Blackfish," last year. (John Raoux/AP)

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 8:56 am

The struggling theme park chain SeaWorld announced plans today to enlarge and improve the killer whale tanks at three of its parks.

The renovations will begin at the San Diego SeaWorld in 2015, where the total water volume in the killer whale environment will double to 10 million gallons and include a “fast water current” for the whales to swim against.

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Habitat Loss
8:39 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Washington Wildfires Displace Deer

Wildfires have ravaged more than a million acres across the Northwest. In central Washington, the burned landscape will leave one of the state’s largest deer herds without a place to go this winter.
Flickr Creative Commons: Alan Vernon

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 3:29 pm

Wildfires have ravaged more than a million acres across the Northwest. In central Washington, the burned landscape will leave one of the state’s largest deer herds without a place to go this winter, when deer like to eat bitterbrush and chokecherry.

Those shrubs will be hard for deer to find this year – with 25,000 acres of habitat scorched by fire, including parts of five wildlife areas.

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Distressed Birds
8:17 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Triple Rescue And Rehab Ends Well For Lucky Ospreys

Rehabbed osprey flies away after its release Wednesday in Finley, Washington.
Andrea Berglin

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 5:23 pm

Three young ospreys and a parent are flying free along the Columbia River today after surviving close calls with litter.

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7:28 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Feds Decide Wolverine Does Not Merit Threatened Species Status

File photo

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 3:36 pm

The wolverine is not going on the threatened species list after all. Tuesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced federal protected status for the fierce and rare carnivore is unwarranted at this time.

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4:19 am
Wed August 13, 2014

British Airways Hopes In-Flight Animals Will Cut Stress

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 4:38 am

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Big Game
2:40 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Dangerous Olympic Goats May Face Eviction

A mountain goat in the Robin Lakes Wilderness in the Cascade Mountains.
KUOW Photo/Derek Wang

They may be beautiful to look at in the wild, but with their sharp horns, mountain goats have been a cause of concern in the Olympic National Park, especially since a goat fatally gored a 63-year-old hiker in 2010.

As part of their mountain goat action plan, the National Parks Service is considering a change of scenery for the animals. The goats may be moved to another mountain range in Washington that has seen a decline in the goat population, according to Parks spokeswoman Barb Maynes.

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'Planet Of The Apes'
2:18 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

How A Seattle Orangutan Inspired Hollywood

Towan the orangutang watches actress Karin Konoval work at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.
Courtesy of Woodland Park Zoo, Karin Konoval

Ross Reynolds talks with actress Karin Konoval about her portrayal of "Maurice," the orangutan in the last two installments of the "Planet of the Apes" franchise. She was inspired by her work with Towan, an orangutan at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. His keeper, Laura McComesky, also speaks about how the zoo is helping conservation efforts to protect endangered orangutans.

4:23 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Sweden's Really Old Eel Dies

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 5:04 am

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Safety Products
8:57 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

These Waves Keep Sharks Away From Swimmers

The antenna trailing off the diver's foot is there to ward off sharks by creating an electromagnetic field that sharks are sensitive to. Unlike fish snagged with the diver's spear gun, sharks warded off by the Shark Shield remain unharmed.
Courtesy of Shark Shield

Originally published on Sun August 10, 2014 8:54 am

Interest in sharks peaks every summer, when more people hit the beach and start looking for that tell-tale fin. This year, between Sharknado 2: The Second One and Discovery Channel's "Shark Week" — which kicks off Sunday — sharks have been making a particularly large splash on TV screens across the country.

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Bombus occidentalis
8:55 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Buzzworthy Breeding To Bring Back Bumble Bees

Preparing to inseminate a queen bee.
Megan Asche

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 10:20 am

Some scientists are going to great lengths to help the agreeable Western bumble bee make a comeback.

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'Skin Over Bone'
7:51 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Oregon Court Backs Warrantless Rescue Of Sick Horse

This photo of 'Grace' was taken shortly after she was rescued.
Strawberry Mountain Mustangs

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 4:28 pm

An Oregon police officer was justified in seizing someone's horse without getting a warrant first. The Oregon Supreme Court ruled Thursday that warrantless searches are allowed when the life of an animal is on the line.

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