Sept 17, 2017 The Yellow Pine Times

Sept 17, 2017 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Village News:

Bear Aware

Bear reported on the west side of the village this week. Bears are looking for food. Keep garbage secured and pet food indoors.
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Just for the Halibut September 30 at 4pm

Sponsored by Stew Edwards, hosted by the Tavern, September 30th at 4pm

Join us for Food & Fun $5 suggested donation gets you 5 raffle tickets for donated prizes Benefits go to the Landing Zone for Yellow Pine.

The Usual YP Pot Luck Bring a side dish to share.
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Ditch Day October 4 at 10am

This is the day we clean and repair the village ditches in preparation for the spring run-off. Please join us.
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VYPA News:

Last meeting was Saturday, Sept 9, 10am at Community Hall.
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YPFD News:

Training is on Sundays starting at 11am at the YP Fire Station and open to the community of Yellow Pine. Check with Jeff or Ann to confirm trainings.

Fire Siren will be tested at noon on the first of each month.
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Local Observations:

Monday (Sep 11) overnight low of 41 degrees, clear sky, slight haze of smoke, light breeze and a good amount of dew. Feels a little like fall this morning. More birds around, could hear robins, nutcrackers, a nuthatch and finches. Power blipped off and on at 1157am. Clear hot day, light haze of smoke, high of 90 degrees. More traffic than usual for a Monday, streets are dusty again. Quiet evening. Bright half moon. Doe running around after dark.

Tuesday (Sep 12) overnight low of 43 degrees, mostly clear sky (high thin wisps) light haze of smoke (low end of yellow AQ). Heard one nutcracker and a nuthatch calling. Pine squirrels dropping cones out of the trees and sounding off. Heard a pileated woodpecker whooping after lunch time. Quiet day and very little traffic. Clouds coming in from the south and by late afternoon it was pretty much overcast. Short little misty rain shower at 615pm, not enough to get wet, high of 89 degrees. Clouds breaking up by evening, good air quality.

Wednesday (Sep 13) early morning rain shower, overnight low of 50 degrees, clouds dissipating quickly, light breeze and excellent air quality. Power off 8am to 420pm. Robins grouping up, calling and flying, nuthatches “hanking” in the trees. Pine squirrels busy gathering cones. Pileated woodpecker visited the ant pile. Diamond (Kennedy’s) Fuel truck delivered fuel to Yellow Pine today. Idaho Power crew spotted in Scott Valley this afternoon. A little more traffic than usual for a Wednesday. Quiet except for a generator and a chainsaw today. Warm afternoon, partly cloudy, light breezes and good air, high of 83 degrees. Quiet evening, slight haze of smoke. Middle of the night, a large “creature” was huffing and growling on Westside Ave.

Thursday (Sep 14) overnight low of 51 degrees, mostly cloudy, not much dew, light haze of smoke and light breezes. A few more birds around, robins flocking and flying, nutcrackers and nuthatches calling from the forest, pileated woodpecker whooping and a few finches. Pine squirrels very busy gathering cones. Power out from 8am to around 330pm. Cloudy and cooler today, a little breezy, high of 74 degrees. Quiet evening and dark clouds.

Friday (Sep 15) overnight low of 44 degrees, overcast, sprinkles of rain started falling before sunrise, damp and misty this morning (0.02″). Not many birds out except robins, a jay and a nutcracker. Misty sprinkles on and off before lunch time (0.01″). Pileated woodpecker visited the ant pile. Cloudy, cool and breezy all day, but no more rain, high of 49 degrees. Quiet afternoon and evening. Not a day to have a window open.

Saturday (Sep 16) overnight low of 38 degrees, partly cloudy, chilly breezes and good air this morning, slight haze of smoke. Heard nuthatches, nutcrackers and robins. Report of an owl hooting in the neighborhood before daylight. Streets are dusty again already, increased traffic this afternoon. Breezy cloudy day, high of 64 degrees. Folks buzzing still around after dark.

Sunday (Sep 17) overnight low of 34 degrees, mostly cloudy sky with a slight haze of smoke this morning. Not much bird activity (a flicker poking the ground), a lone pine squirrel sounding off. Fall temperatures today, cloudy and light breezes, high of 70 degrees. Increased traffic, a little thicker smoke and dusty roads.

Idaho News:

Shooting at Lake Cascade campground leaves San Diego man dead

Nampa man charged, said he was defending himself

By Tom Grote for The Star-News September 14, 2017

A shooting at a campground on Lake Cascade early Friday left a San Diego man dead and a Nampa man charged with a felony.

William L. “Tinker” Brasuell, 45, of San Diego, Calif., died at the scene of the shooting, which happened about 1:30 a.m. Friday at the French Creek Campground on the west side of Lake Cascade near Cascade.

Christopher D. Humes, 47, of Nampa, was detained at the scene and charged with aggravated battery, which carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison.

Valley County Prosecuting Attorney Carol Brockmann said she will seek to add an additional 15 years of prison time under a state law on use of a deadly weapon during a felony.

Humes is scheduled to appear in Valley County Magistrate Court in Cascade on Sept. 26 on a hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence for him to stand trial. Humes was being held in Valley County Jail on $100,000 bond.

An autopsy found Brasuell he had been shot once in the chest, Valley County Coroner Scott Carver said.

Humes told investigators that he fired three shots at Brasuell with a .380 handgun after Brasuell attacked him, according to a Valley County Sheriff’s Office report filed with the charges.

Brasuell choked him, threatened to kill him and threw him to the ground, Humes told sheriff’s deputies who responded to the scene.

Humes, who was dressed only in underwear, a T-shirt and socks, said he did not see Brasuell show a weapon, and no weapons were found near the body, investigators said.

Three .380 shell casings and the handgun were recovered from the scene. Humes declined to be treated by EMTs, the report said.

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State fire marshal finalizing report on Tamarack cabin fire that killed four

by KBOI News Staff Wednesday, September 13th 2017

Photos courtesy Alan PartridgeII and Sarah Whipple

Tamarack, Idaho (KBOI) — It’s been more than two months since a fire ripped through a cabin near Tamarack Resort that killed four people, including two adults and two children.

Since then there’s been few details on what caused the deadly fire, though answers may be coming soon.

The state’s fire marshal told KBOI 2News on Wednesday that his office returned from Tamarack today (Wednesday) for an additional two-day follow up and is finalizing a report.

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Charges filed against Former Valley County coroner

Nathan Hess accused of using county vehicle for personal gain

By Tom Grote for The Star-News September 14, 2017

Former Valley County Coroner Nathan Hess has been charged with two misdemeanors that said he used county vehicles for his personal gain.

Hess, who resigned in May without explanation, used his county-issued vehicle to take a body to a funeral home in Boise on Jan 16, 2017, for which he was paid $400, according to the charges.

Hess also used the county vehicle for his personal use between November 2016 and April 2017, court records said.

The charges are punishable with up to one year and jail and a $1,000 fine for each charge. Hess, 41, of Donnelly, is scheduled to appear in Valley County Magistrate Court in Cascade on Oct. 3.

“It has been my honor to serve Valley County,” Hess said in his resignation letter. “However, because of circumstances I do not wish to disclose, I am unable to continue my services as coroner.”

“I don’t have a comment at the moment, but I will,” Hess told The Star-News on Tuesday.

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Summer’s nearly over, but West Nile virus threat isn’t

Joe Parris, KTVB September 14, 2017

Boise – Summer is coming to an end. If that thought makes you sad, at least you can look forward to the end of mosquito season too.

For now though, as long as Idaho has warm days, the mosquitoes will be sticking around, and so will the risk of west Nile virus.

All the flooding that happened across the Valley this year caused public health officials to predict a bad mosquito season. Thankfully though, it looks like that isn’t happening.

In 2016 Idaho saw nine reported cases of human West Nile virus infections across the state. This year, there have been 10.

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Stargazers eye the nation’s first dark sky reserve in Idaho

By Keith Ridler, Associated Press Fri., Sept. 15, 201

This June 4, 2016 photo provided by Nils Ribi Photography shows the Milky Way in the night sky at the foot of the Boulder Mountains in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Idaho. (AP / Nils Ribi Photography)

Boise, Idaho (AP) — Tourists heading to central Idaho will be in the dark if local officials get their way.

The first International Dark Sky Reserve in the United States would fill a chunk of the state’s sparsely populated region that contains night skies so pristine that interstellar dust clouds are visible in the Milky Way.

“We know the night sky has inspired people for many thousands of years,” said John Barentine, program manager at the Tucson, Arizona-based International Dark-Sky Association. “When they are in a space where they can see it, it’s often a very profound experience.”

Supporters say excess artificial light causes sleeping problems for people and disrupts nocturnal wildlife and that a dark sky can solve those problems, boost home values and draw tourists. Opposition to dark sky measures elsewhere in the U.S. have come from the outdoor advertising industry and those against additional government regulations.

Researchers say 80 percent of North Americans live in areas where light pollution blots out the night sky. Central Idaho contains one of the few places in the contiguous United States large enough and dark enough to attain reserve status, Barentine said. Only 11 such reserves exist in the world.

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Cause of Elderly Woman’s Death in St. Joe Wildfire Area Determined

September 08, 2017 By Chanse Watson Shoshone News Press

Wallace — The Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) reports that the 74- year old Emmett, Idaho woman who was found deceased in the St. Joe National Forest earlier last month died as a result of heat exhaustion and dehydration.

Virgina Bayes and her husband, Walter, 79, became stranded and separated in a remote area of southern Shoshone County while out recreating in late July.

To make a bad situation worse, the couple were also in the vicinity of the Buck wildfire area.

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House Passes Vital Fiscal Year 2018 Funding for Idaho

Simpson secures PILT, wildfire funding, in House Appropriations bills

Washington, September 14, 2017

On Thursday, Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson supported passage of full year fiscal year 2018 funding. While a continuing resolution funds the government until December 2017, full year appropriations must still be passed for the remainder of the fiscal year. The bill was passed by a vote of 211-198 and includes legislation previously passed by the House including Chairman Simpson’s Energy and Water bill which has critical funding for Idaho National Laboratory.

“Today’s legislation is an important step towards finishing fiscal year 2018 appropriations,” said Congressman Simpson. “This bill is an important marker for many Idaho priorities such as PILT, wildfire funding, and provisions that rein in burdensome regulations from the previous Administration. I look forward to working with my colleagues to see that these policies ultimately are signed into law so we can ensure federal agencies can fulfill their missions as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

[h/t Gordon C]
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Pacific Northwest could be in for another La Niña winter

Rich Marriott, KING September 15, 2017

Good news, skiers. New weather models show an increased chance of La Niña conditions this winter in the Pacific Northwest.

La Nina conditions in the Pacific increase the chances of below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation.

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC) issued its monthly update on El Niño/La Niña (ENSO) conditions in the Pacific. Computer models had been leaning towards a neutral winter, but are now trending towards a La Nina winter.

CPC says there is “an increasing chance (55-60%) of La Niña during the Northern Hemisphere fall and winter 2017-18.”

As a result, CPC issued a La Niña Watch for the Pacific.

We often have pretty good ski seasons during La Niña winters. But remember, it just increases the chances of a cool, damp winter – it doesn’t guarantee them.

We had a La Niña winter last year, with the wettest October-June on record.


Fire Season:

Area Closure Order for Missouri Fire has been Terminated


The Area Closure Order for the Missouri Fire (Order #0412-504) has been terminated. This lightning ignition on the Krassel District north of Yellow Pine has displayed little to no activity and no growth for several weeks. Those venturing into the burned area are advised to watch for hazard trees and unstable terrain. The Missouri Ridge Trail (NFS #031) is passable.


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Land Management Agencies lift Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in most zones of the Payette Fire Restriction Area

September 15, 2017

McCall, Idaho – With cooler temperatures and chances of precipitation increasing into next week, local land management agencies will lift Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in the Payette West, Payette East, and Long Valley/Meadows Valley Zones of the Payette Fire Restriction Area beginning Friday, September 15, 2017. The Fire Restrictions are rescinded by agencies managing state, private and public lands in the area, including the United States Forest Service (USFS), Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association (SITPA), and the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL). Restrictions were terminated in the Weiser River Zone of the Payette Fire Restriction Area on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

The Little Salmon Zone of the Payette Fire Restriction Area remains in Stage 1 fire restrictions until further notice. See map below for location.

The restrictions were put into effect on August 11 when fire danger and burning conditions were unusually high. Recent storms have brought some moisture with much cooler temperatures to the area, and with the days getting shorter fire conditions have moderated. Forest visitors are reminded that vegetation is still dry and to be careful with all use of fire in the outdoors. The accidental start of a wildfire can still be devastating. Be alert and be aware. Follow these tips to help prevent wildfire:

o NEVER leave a camp fire unattended
o Keep water, dirt and a shovel near your fire at all times
o Make sure your fire is dead out and cold to the touch before you leave it
o Use of fireworks, exploding targets or tracer rounds is prohibited on public lands

Area closures due to active wildfires are still in effect on some public lands, including the area affected by the Highline Fire on the Payette National Forest. Contact the land management agency for your area of interest for specific information regarding fire closures.

Fire restrictions may be lifted but burn bans may still be in place in some areas. Fire restrictions and burn bans address different types of activities. Burn bans pertain to controlled burning activities such as debris burning, slash burning, or agricultural burning, for which a fire safety burn permit from IDL is required. Visit for more information

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Boise National Forest

Stage 1 fire restrictions will be lifted effective 12:01 a.m. September 17. To view the order click here.
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Amid raging wildfires, fire management practices criticized

By Andrew Selsky – 9/7/17 AP

Salem, Ore. — Intense wildfires plaguing much of the West have rekindled controversy over logging restrictions and fire management practices that critics say have created explosive fire seasons.

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, took to the floor of the Senate on Thursday to describe the toll the fires have taken.

Efforts to thin dead and dying trees have been inadequate, he said as he stood next to a large photo of flames leaping from trees in the majestic Columbia River Gorge.

“This is a yearslong pattern in the West,” he said, calling for smarter policies and criticizing the “broken system of fighting wildfires.” He complained that federal funds earmarked for fire prevention are instead used for firefighting.

“The idea of ripping off prevention, which you need most, defies common sense,” Wyden said. “Shoddy budgeting today leads to bigger fires tomorrow.”

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Forest Service spends record $2B battling forest fires

By Matthew Daly and Dan Elliott – 9/14/17 AP

Washington — The Forest Service has spent more than $2 billion battling forest fires around the country — a record as wildfires blacken the American West in one of the nation’s worst fire seasons.

Wildfires have ravaged the West this summer with 64 large fires burning across 10 states as of Thursday, including 21 fires in Montana and 18 in Oregon. In all, 48,607 wildfires have burned nearly 13,000 square miles (33,586 square kilometers).

The fires have stretched firefighting resources, destroyed more than 500 homes and triggered health alerts as choking smoke drifted into major Western cities.

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Billions of dead trees force US fire crews to shift tactics

By Dan Elliott – 9/7/17 AP

Albany, Wyo. — Vast stands of dead timber in the Western U.S. have forced firefighters to shift tactics, trying to stay out of the shadow of lifeless, unstable trees that could come crashing down with deadly force.

About 6.3 billion dead trees are still standing in 11 Western states, up from 5.8 billion five years ago, according to U.S. Forest Service statistics compiled for The Associated Press.

Since 2010, a massive infestation of beetles has been the leading cause of tree mortality in the West and now accounts for about 20 percent of the standing dead trees, the Forest Service said. The rest were killed by drought, disease, fire or other causes.

Researchers have long disagreed on whether beetle infestations have made wildfires worse, and this year’s ferocious fire season has renewed the debate, with multiple fires burning in forests with beetle-killed trees.


Public Lands:

Payette forest awarded stewardship contract near Lost Valley

The Star-News September 14, 2017

The Payette National Forest has awarded the Rough Finn Stewardship Contract to Idaho Forest Group of Grangeville.

The project is located on the New Meadows District near Lost Valley Reservoir and is the fifth of a dozen stewardship contracts planned with the Lost Creek Boulder Creek Landscape Restoration Project, a news release said.

The contract will be for work on 1,300 acres and improvements on 30 miles of roads. The project is expected to produce about 10 million board feet of logs, the release said.

Work is expected to begin this fall or spring and continue until March 2021.

Planned projects include thinning and controlled fire to increase the area’s resistance to fire, improved recreation facilities, and improved wildlife habitat.

The project was the subject of a 2015 lawsuit was filed by Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Idaho Sporting Congress, and Native Ecosystems Council. A judge dismissed the lawsuit in August 2016.

“We are pleased to move ahead with the restoration activities,” Payette Forest Supervisor Keith Lannom said

The project will result in a landscape that is closer to a more natural state and more resistant to uncharacteristic wildfires, Lannom said.

The Payette Forest Coalition met for two years to understand conditions, develop goals, and to consider different approaches to the project, he said.

“The PFC adds a collaborative and consensus approach to conducting land stewardship on public lands,” Lannom said. “They are a vital part of the Payette Forest’s restoration program and reflect how the Forest Service operates as a multiple use agency.”

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Idaho Hunter Gets $500 Reward for Busting Motorized Gate Crashers

Posted by HLNews Sep 7, 2017

Boise – A public land hunter in Idaho recently collected a $500 reward from Backcountry Hunters & Anglers after reporting illegal use of an off-road vehicle in the Third Fork drainage on the Emmett Ranger District of the Boise National Forest.

As a result of this action, an Ada County resident pleaded guilty to two counts of violating the Motor Vehicle Use map on public lands, which carries a fine of $225 for each count. These areas are closed to protect wildlife from motorized disturbance during spring calving and fall hunting. BHA offers rewards of up to $500 for public land users who provide a report of illegal OHV use leading to a conviction.

Daniel Garringer, the hunter who reported the lawbreakers, acknowledged the challenges of enforcement in the area.

“The use of ATVs and off-road vehicles in the area has always been prohibited, but in the recent years, due to the rise in popularity, things have really gotten out of hand,” said Garringer. “I have no issue with riding your ATVs on the main road that is open to traffic to get to your favorite spot to hunt; however, I do have an issue with people abusing and pushing the limits to get to areas that are off limits to motorized vehicles.”

[h/t BNF]

Critter News:

Pet Talk – Dental Disease in Dogs and Cats

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt 9/15/2017 IME

The gingiva is the part of the gums that surrounds the teeth where they arise from the jaw. Gingivitis is inflammation of this area. Gingivitis is a component of periodontal disease, which is the most common dental disease of dogs and cats. Because the gingiva lies in close proximity to the teeth and helps maintain the health of the tooth sockets, longstanding and severe gingivitis can increase the risk that teeth will be lost. When the gingiva is inflamed, it often recedes from the tooth, revealing the tooth roots.

The major cause of gingivitis in dogs and cats is accumulation of plaque and tartar on the base of the teeth. In cats, many viral infections can cause inflammation of the gingiva.

Dogs and cats don’t brush their teeth, so it’s up to their owners to make sure their teeth are cleaned. Some owners are able to brush their pets’ teeth. There are many oral medications, bones and products that help your pet keep its teeth clean of plaque and decrease subsequent gingivitis and tooth loss. Many owners brush their pets’ teeth religiously, but most owners never do, nor even think about it.

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Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary plans open house Sept. 30

The Star-News September 14, 2017

Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary near McCall will host is annual open house from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30.

The open house is the only time during the year the public can tour the grounds and see wildlife displays and demonstrations.

Those attending are urged to bring a picnic lunch and perhaps see kokanee salmon on their migration in Lake Fork Creek.

Snowdon is located seven miles out Lick Creek Road east of McCall at end of the pavement

Snowdon’s mission is to rehabilitate and return injured and orphaned wildlife to the wild and provide hands-on education to promote a healthy coexistence with wildlife and the ecosystem.

Snowdon specializes in the rehabilitation of local wildlife, including orphaned baby birds and mammals and injured small mammals, songbirds, waterfowl, and raptors.

The 35-acre sanctuary has a number of animal pens and enclosures, and a clinic equipped to care for ill and injured birds and animals.

Go to for more information.

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Wolves understand cause and effect better than dogs

Date: September 15, 2017
Source: University of Veterinary Medicine — Vienna

Summary: A rattle will only make noise if you shake it. Animals like the wolf also understand such connections and are better at this than their domesticated descendants. Researchers say that wolves have a better causal understanding than dogs and that they follow human-given communicative cues equally well. The study provides insight that the process of domestication can also affect an animal’s causal understanding.

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8/30/17: Wolf News Roundup

(By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!) The Wyoming Game & Fish Department reports that as of August 30, there have been 65 confirmed wolf deaths in Wyoming so far in 2017, with 36 of the animals killed in response to livestock depredations; 17 wolves legally taken in Wyoming’s predator zone; and 12 others that died of natural or unknown causes. Additional reports on Oregon, Washington an Idaho…. (Click on the link above for the complete story.)
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Some New Mexico lawmakers concerned with wolf recovery plan

9/12/17 AP

Albuquerque, N.M. — Some state lawmakers in New Mexico say a plan for recovering endangered Mexican gray wolves in the American Southwest is flawed and politically driven.

The 21 Democrats outlined their concerns in a letter sent recently to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The agency is seeking public comments as it works to meet a court-ordered deadline to have a recovery plan completed by the end of November.

The plan is a long time coming as the original guidance for restoring the species was adopted in 1982. The lack of a plan has spurred legal challenges and skirmishes over states’ rights under the federal Endangered Species Act.

The lawmakers say federal officials should specify a target for wolf releases as well as a benchmark for genetic diversity among the population in New Mexico and Arizona.

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Endangered Mexican wolf killed following livestock attacks

By Susan Montoya Bryan – 9/15/17 AP

Albuquerque, N.M. — An endangered Mexican gray wolf has been killed by federal employees after a Native American tribe requested the animal be removed from the wild in the wake of a string of cattle deaths near the Arizona-New Mexico border.

The death of the female wolf marks the first time in a decade that efforts by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to curb livestock attacks by wolves has had lethal consequences for one of the predators.

The decision to remove the member of the Diamond Pack was first made in June after three calves were killed over several days, sparking concern among wildlife managers about what they described as an unacceptable pattern of predation.

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Wolf over its head in swimming attack on whitetail buck

Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Sept. 13, 2017

A gray wolf swims after a whitetail buck at Lakeland Provincial Park and Recreation Area in northern Alberta. (David Smith / LEP Photography)

A wolf could out-swim a white-tailed deer but couldn’t make the buck a meal.

Canadian amateur photographer David Smith was canoe-camping recently in Lakeland Provincial Park and Recreation Area in northern Alberta near Lac La Biche when the deer plunged into the water with a wolf in close pursuit.

His series of photos, which are available for viewing on his Facebook page, shows the wolf catching the whitetail and biting its rump several times but then giving up. Perhaps the wolf had been kicked or maybe it simply figured it was futile to kill a deer in the middle of a big lake, Smith said.

The buck swam away.

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Wolf Education International

Second week September 2017

Lethal wolf take lands ODFW in hot water with both sides

Wolves on the prowl

Coywolves are Taking Over Eastern North America
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Charging Grizzly Bear Near Island Park

8/31/2017 U.S. Forest Service – Caribou-Targhee National Forest (via FB)

A hiker on the Lake Marie Trail south of Sawtell Peak near Island Park Idaho was charged twice by a grizzly bear. The hiker deployed bear spray and was able to safely get away from the bear. Hikers are warned to use caution if you go on this trail or avoid the trail for the next week or so to prevent another encounter with this bear. The bear could be defending cubs, or its food.

Bow hunters are advised to remove your carcass immediately, or if you have to leave your carcass move the gut pile away from the carcass so as not to attract bears. If you have to leave your carcass make sure you know where it is and you approach it with the assumption there is a bear on the carcass. You do not want to surprise a bear on your kill. As a courtesy to others in the area of your kill, put your gut pile at least ¼ mile away from a trail so a bear is not close to trails or other areas used by recreationalists.
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2nd grizzly attack in week in Montana stopped by bear spray

by Associated Press Monday, September 11th 2017

Gardiner, Mont. (AP) — A grizzly bear attacked a woman in southwest Montana but was driven off by bear spray.

It was the second grizzly attack in the region in a week.

Andrea Jones of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department says the latest attack occurred on Saturday on a private ranch north of Gardiner.

Jones says the victim and two companions were near a cow carcass when the bear attacked and bit the legs and back of the victim. The bear fled when her companions deployed bear spray.

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Yellowstone grizzly bear killed after raiding backcountry camps

Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Thu., Sept. 14, 2017

A grizzly bear that had been raiding backcountry campsites and chasing campers in Yellowstone National Park since last year has been captured and killed, the Associated Press reports.

The National Park Service says biologists killed the immature, male grizzly on Sept. 8 after their nonlethal attempts to alter its behavior failed.

In 2016, the bear entered campsites in the Heart Lake area of Yellowstone and destroyed tents, sleeping bags and sleeping pads. National Park Service staff tried unsuccessfully to haze the bear with bean bag rounds, rubber bullets and cracker shells.

Last month, the bear forced a group of three backpackers out of their campsite near Heart Lake and consumed all of their food. In response, Yellowstone officials closed the area to backcountry camping and made the decision to catch and kill it.

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Idaho Power crew frees young osprey tangled in twine in nest

9/13/17 AP

Boise, Idaho — A young osprey tangled in twine atop a nesting pole in southwest Idaho has been cut loose and freed by workers with a utility company.

Idaho Power in a news release Tuesday says employees Chad Owens and Jeremy Torkelson on Sept. 3 ascended to the nest near Swan Falls Dam in a bucket on a long arm extending from a truck.

… The company sent a line crew. The men wrapped the young bird in a shirt and removed the twine from its talons, and the osprey immediately flew away.

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Fish & Game News:

Highline Fire Closure Area Reduced in Middle Fork Elk Zone

By Evin Oneale, Regional Conservation Educator
Friday, September 15, 2017

A large portion of the Middle Fork Elk Zone has reopened thanks to cooler temperatures and slower fire growth of the Highline and Goat Fires burning within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area. The new closure area and other fire updates can be viewed at or

The updated closure impacts only 17 percent of the Middle Fork Elk Zone, where the season opens today (September 15).

The Big Creek Trail #196 and everything south of the trail is now available to hunters. Several backcountry airstrips are also operational including Cold Meadows, Cabin Creek and Soldier Bar.

While the previous closure affected 52 percent of Unit 26, now only 19 percent of the unit is closed. Nearly half of unit 20A remains closed as fire activity is primarily within that unit.

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Seats available for wolf trapping certification classes in Idaho Falls, McCall and Coeur d’Alene

By Gregg Losinski, Regional Conservation Educator
Thursday, September 7, 2017

IDAHO FALLS – Those interested in trapping wolves in Idaho are reminded that Idaho law requires you pass a mandatory wolf trapping certification class before purchasing wolf trapping tags.

Idaho Fish and Game has four certification classes currently available and open for enrollment.

* Idaho Falls: Saturday September 23rd, 9 AM to 4:30 PM., Fish and Game Upper Snake Regional Office, 4279 Commerce Circle.
* Coeur d’Alene: 2 separate courses: Friday, September 22nd; Saturday September 23rd, 9 am to 4:30 pm, Fish and Game Panhandle Regional Office, 2885 W. Kathleen Ave.
* McCall: Saturday November 18, 9 am to 4 pm, Fish and Game office, 555 Deinhard Ln.

Pre-registration is required. Those interested can register at
or by contacting the respective Fish and Game office.

The registration fee is $8 per student. Those registering online by credit card will be charged an added convenience fee of $1.75.

The course will cover a variety of topics including wolf biology and management, wolf behavior, trapping and snaring techniques, harvest reporting requirements and proper care of the animal after harvest. On-site demonstrations include both classroom and in the field presentations and include equipment and rigging, using diverters to avoid non-target catches, trap site selection, and information on how to minimize human scent in the area.

Students successfully completing the certification course receive an Idaho Wolf Trapper Certification Card that enables them to purchase wolf trapping tags. Certified wolf trappers may purchase up to five wolf trapping tags per trapping season.

The general furbearer trapping class does not qualify people for the purchase of wolf trapping tags. When registering, please be certain to sign up for the wolf trapper instructor-led class you want to take.

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F&G News Releases

Fun Critter Stuff:

Deceased New York woman leaves $300,000 to two cats

Mary Bowerman, USA TODAY Network, TEGNA August 24, 2017

A wealthy Bronx, New York woman recently died and left part of her fortune to her beloved cats, according to local reports.

Ellen Frey-Wouter left $300,000 of her $3 million estate to ensure that Tiger and Troy would be properly cared for, WABC-TV reported.

Frey-Wouter, who was widowed, left detailed instructions that the cats “never be caged” and be well cared for, the New York Post reported.

Tiger and Troy are being cared for by Frey-Wouters’ former home health aides, the Post reported.

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[h/t CP]
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Record-setting cats share home

by The Associated Press Sunday, September 17th 2017

Will Powers holds his cat Arcturus Aldebaran Powers, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 in Farmington Hills, Mich. Arcturus, a F2B Savannah cat, has been named the tallest pet cat in the world in the Guinness World Records 2018 version. Arcturus, at two years old, is about 19 inches and still growing. (Edward Pevos/Ann Arbor News via AP)


Seasonal Humor:

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Duh? Don’t take selfies with bears, Aspen police say

Photogs endanger themselves, their kid, animals

Sep 15, 2017 Local News 8

Don’t take selfies with bears.

That’s the reminder Colorado’s Aspen Police Department issued recently after a crowd surrounded a mama bear and her cubs coming down from a tree near a mall Wednesday, KUSA reported.

It was a “fairly large crowd of photo takers and those that insisted on trying ot get close enough to take selfies,” Sgt. Rob Fabrocini told KUSA.

“We were trying to do the best we can to keep people away, but it’s a large area and people get by us,” Fabrocini told KUSA. “There was a woman holding a child within 5 feet of the bear trying to take a selfie with her back to the bear, which was very aggravating to see that.”