Oct 15, 2017 The Yellow Pine Times

Oct 15, 2017 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Village News:

Halloween Party Oct 28 6pm Yellow Pine Tavern

Annual Halloween Party: Hot Dogs and Chili provided. Bring other snacks if you wish.

Costume Contest: ghosts, witches, fairies all welcome or come as you are for good fun and eats.
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Midas Meeting October 8

Audio recording of meeting provided by Scott Amos
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Fall Rx Burns planned

Cascade Ranger District: Slash piles will be ignited in the following locations: Warm Lake, Yellow pine, Landmark and Crawford. It will be pile burning for two days.

The Krassel Ranger District plans to ignite 1,600 acres in the Fourmile drainage, and 2,000 acres in the Bald Hill project area.
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Bear Aware

Bears are around and hungry this fall, not much of a berry crop this year. Keep garbage secured and pet food indoors, take down bird feeders until hibernation. Clean BBQ grills (bears love grills and outdoor fridges.)
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H-Fest Meeting

Meeting held Oct 14 at The Corner.
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Next meeting June 2018
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Sunday YPFD training (today): “Patient Packaging”

Thanks to all who attended to see and train on our equipment and chat about about how many ways we can move a patient from the ground to the ambulance.
Photo gallery:

We will be working on the “YP Heli Spot” tomorrow afternoon starting around 2pm – clearing trees and debris for those that choose to join us.

There are YPFD T-shirts, as well as YPFD patches and stickers for sale at the Tavern now.

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.

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

Monday (Oct 9) overnight low of 23 degrees, clear and frosty this morning. Traffic and activity in the village, folks are getting ready for winter. Sunny cool day until clouds came in later in the afternoon, high of 57 degrees. Pileated woodpecker hunting ants this evening just before dark.

Tuesday (Oct 10) no frost, not much dew, mostly cloudy sky this morning. Thinner clouds and some sun and gusty breezes before lunch time. Aspens are mostly yellow and tamarack trees are starting to turn, some lilac leaves turning red, maple tree half red and leaves falling. Calmer and less clouds later in the day, high of 64 degrees. Quiet afternoon and evening.

Wednesday (Oct 11) overnight low of 33 degrees, overcast and light sprinkles this morning. Pine squirrel looking for treats where the feeder used to be. Drizzles off and on until lunch time, then breaks in the clouds. Raven flew over the village calling. Have not seen nutcrackers for several days. Partly clear in the afternoon but not very warm, high of 51 degrees. 4-wheeler with deer on back went by in the late afternoon. Quiet evening, more open sky and temps dropping.

Thursday (Oct 12) snowed about 1/4″ before 7am, overnight low of 27 degrees, mostly cloudy and a few flakes of snow falling this morning. Most of the snow melted by 11am. Occasional flakes of snow falling after lunch, no accumulation. Helicopter flew over the village at 208pm. Breaks in the clouds a bits of sunshine then back to cloudy and cold breezes, high of 45 degrees. Quiet, no birds or critters around, light traffic.

Friday (Oct 13) early morning snow stacked up to an inch by 10am, overnight low of 32 degrees. Cloudy and snowing on and off during the morning. Most of the snow melted by lunch time. Snowing pretty good early afternoon and sticking, clouds down to the valley floor at times. Mail truck over an hour late. Snow on and off in the afternoon and evening, but breaks in the clouds at times too, high of 38 degrees. More snow after midnight during the night.

Saturday (Oct 14) overnight low of 24 degrees, an inch of snow on the ground this morning and partly cloudy. Heard a Steller jay, saw robin tracks in the snow. Bright sunshine and by lunch time most of the snow had melted out in the open, but lingering in the shade. Mostly clear sky all afternoon and evening, high of 49 degrees. Leaves are falling.

Sunday (Oct 15) overnight low of 21 degrees, clear sky and cold breeze, half inch of snow on the ground in the shade. Loud gunshot in the village just after 10am. Beautiful blue sky most of the day, high of 60 degrees. A few little brown birds around, but most have gone elsewhere. Light weekend traffic. High hazy clouds just before sundown. Snow still on the ground in the shade, but not as thick. Colorful sunset painting the clouds pink against the blue sky.

Idaho News:

Across The Crevice

New Salmon River Bridge will support recreation, forest projects

By Phil Janquart for The Star-News October 12, 2017

The current Manning Crevice bridge was built in 1934 and has deteriorated past the point of maintenance. Photo for The Star-News by Phil Janquart

It comes at a cost of over $9.6 million, but when the Manning Crevice Bridge replacement is complete, it will support a growing recreation economy and open up new access for logging trucks.

The steel and concrete suspension bridge, funded with federal highway dollars, is being erected over the Salmon River 14 miles east of Riggins.

It will replace the current wooden bridge built in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps that was built as part of an ambitious plan to build a road all the way to Salmon.

The project was abandoned at the onset of World War II and the stretch of Salmon River where the road would have gone is now protected under the federal 1968 Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

But the current bridge has an important role in supporting outfitters, guides and others using the river for rafting, kayaking, hunting and fishing. That role will be assumed by the new bridge, which is scheduled to be opened next spring.

“We are talking about a major economic interest for Riggins,” Payette National Forest Public Affairs Officer Brian Harris said. “The river corridor is really the major basis of their economy.”

The current bridge does not meet standards for loaded logging trucks and for road maintenance equipment firefighting vehicles, Harris said.

The existing structure is only rated for about 36,000 pounds, which makes it impossible for some heavy equipment to cross, he said. By comparison, a fully loaded semi-trailer weighs 80,000 pounds.

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Shearer’s Ferry Manning Creek Bridge [History]

In the early 1860s there was quite a lot of traffic between the mining towns of Florence and Warren, and one of the earliest ferries crossed at Elkhorn Creek (called Elk Creek in those years), at the site of the Howard Ranch. Frederick and Susan Shearer ran this ferry for a number of years, and in 1865 their son George, a Confederate Civil War veteran, joined them. The Shearer ferry was replaced by a cable bridge in the mid-1860s. A toll was charged for crossing the bridge which was 75 cents per loaded animal (35 cents on return).

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Manning Bridge [Teepee Springs Fire]

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Man airlifted to hospital after crash on Idaho 55

KTVB October 15, 2017

Banks, Idaho – An Eagle man had to be airlifted to a Boise hospital after a three-vehicle crash involving a motor home on Idaho 55.

The crash happened at about noon on Sunday just south of Banks.

Idaho State Police say 77-year-old Lloyd Corn of Nampa was driving a Coach motor home when he stopped in the lane of travel with a turn signal on, waiting to turn into a pullout. 62-year-old Michael Moser of Eagle was stopped behind the motor home when he was hit from behind by a Chevrolet Suburban, driven by 17-year-old Jay Waltman, of Middleton.

The crash caused Moser’s Ford F-150 pickup to be pushed into the motor home, police said.

Moser was taken by air ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. The extent of his injuries are not known at this time.

Lane were partially blocked for more than two hours while crews worked to clear the scene.

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Women injured in 120-foot plunge off Highway 55

KTVB October 10, 2017

Gardena, ID — Two women were rushed to a Boise hospital after a wreck north of Gardena Monday evening.

According to Idaho State Police, 59-year-old Marjorie E. Krahn of McCall was driving south on Idaho 55 when the crash happened at 7:42 p.m.

Police say Krahn’s Honda Pilot drifted, veering off the highway and more than 120 feet down an embankment on the side of the road.

Both Krahn and her passenger, 87-year-old Marilyn Krahn of McCall, were wearing seatbelts when the crash happened. The injured women were taken by ambulance to St. Luke’s Medical Center in Boise for treatment.

The crash blocked the southbound lane of Idaho 55 for about four hours.

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Idaho deputies who shot, killed rancher face lawsuit

By Kimberlee Kruesi – 10/13/17 AP

Boise, Idaho — The family of an Idaho rancher who was fatally shot by two deputies has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Jack Yantis was killed two years ago after one of his bulls was hit by a car and deputies shot the animal. Yantis arrived with a rifle just as deputies decided to put down the animal. Authorities have said there was an altercation, and Yantis and two deputies all fired their weapons.

Yantis’ family filed the complaint Friday against Adams County, Sheriff Ryan Zollman and former sheriff’s deputies Brian Wood and Cody Roland. The 37-page complaint alleges the sheriff’s office violated federal civil rights during and after the shooting of Yantis.

Adams County Under Sheriff Jeff Brown declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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Earthquake rattles southeastern Idaho

Todd Kunz Updated: Oct 11, 2017

Bear Lake County, Idaho (KIDK/KIFI) – A 4.1 magnitude earthquake struck in Bear Lake County at 7:24 p.m. MDT, Tuesday.

According to both the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Utah Seismology websites, the epicenter was not far off of U.S. Highway 30 between Georgetown and Soda Springs.

There were reports of it being felt, but no reports of any damage.

UPDATE 9:42 PM: A smaller aftershock of 2.8 magnitude followed at 7:53 p.m. in the same location.


Public Lands:

October 2017 – December 2017 Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

Payette National Forest 10/11/2017

Here is the link to the Payette NF SOPA web page: Payette NF Schedule of Proposed Actions


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BLM crews clean graffiti off popular Black Cliffs

Joe Parris, KTVB October 11, 2017

Black Cliffs cleanup (Photo: Joe Parris/KTVB)

Ada County – Bureau of Land Management crews are working to restore a popular rock-climbing spot that was tagged with graffiti earlier this year.

Vandals targeted the Black Cliffs climbing area near Lucky Peak in March, leaving behind purple, red, and white spraypaint all over the cliff face.

Crews used pressure washers and environmentally-friendly chemicals to strip the paint off the rocks Wednesday.

BLM Public Affairs Specialist Michael Williamson said it was disappointing to see beautiful public lands like the Black Cliffs marred with graffiti

“These cliffs are a million-and-a-half years old, and it only takes a minute to deface them and put something like this up here,” he said. “It’s really disheartening.”

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Western senators fight to change how wildfires are funded

Dean Johnson, KTVB October 12, 2017

… While [California] firefighters continue to fight the flames, a group of western senators, including Idaho Republicans Jim Risch and Mike Crapo, are fighting for how fires are funded in Washington, D.C.

Currently, states can receive federal hazard mitigation funding, which helps lessen the effects of a future disaster, only if the president issues a major disaster declaration. However, unlike hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes, one issue facing the West is that wildfires rarely trigger that type of declaration.

“Even some of those bigger fires don’t really reach that magnitude of being declared a federal disaster, and so you don’t have as much funding available to some of the local communities,” Jonathan Oppenheimer with the Idaho Conservation League said.

This year’s firefighting costs around the country have exceeded $2 billion, making it the most expensive firefighting year in history.

Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch are co-sponsoring a bill with many other western senators that would treat wildfires in the same manner as other natural disasters, like hurricanes, floods or tornadoes.

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Critter News:

Pet Talk – Cataracts in pets

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Oct 13, 2017 IME

A cataract is opacity within the lens of the eye. Cataracts can be classified by their severity, age at onset and underlying cause. When only a portion of the lens is opacified, it is called an immature cataract and vision is only partially affected. When the lens is completely opaque, a mature cataract is present and the affected eye is effectively blind. Cataracts are very common in dogs and much less so in cats.

Inherited cataracts are the most common type in dogs; they affect more than 40 breeds and can arise at any age. Other causes of cataracts include diabetes mellitus in dogs, nutritional deficiencies in the newborn, trauma to the eyes and severe inflammation to the eye.

As they grow old, all animals develop a hardening of the center of the lens, which turns the lens a milky gray-white color. This aging change is called nuclear sclerosis and is not the same as a cataract and is never treated.

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Middleton man, 78, attacked by dogs while sitting on front porch

by KBOI News Staff Wednesday, October 11th 2017

Middleton, Idaho (KBOI) — Seventy-eight-year-old George Davis was sitting on his porch taking in the late afternoon sun when two dogs, each about 65 pounds, suddenly appeared.

“They seen me sitting here and they just run straight across the street and attacked me,” Davis told KBOI 2News. “They were on me before I…I thought they were some dogs (that wanted to) come over to be petted. They weren’t interested in that. They were interested in attacking me.”

And attack him they did as his bite wounds clearly show.

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Eastern Idaho owner of dogs that mauled woman faces charges

10/10/17 AP

Blackfoot, Idaho — Police in the eastern Idaho town of Blackfoot say a man has been charged with several misdemeanors after his dogs mauled a woman and killed her pet.

Police say 47-year-old Troy M. Smith is charged with three counts of harboring vicious animals and other dog-related misdemeanors. Smith does not have a listed phone number and could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.

The woman was injured on Sept. 25 after she saw her dog being attacked by three pit bull mixes in her yard. Police say she was trying to save her own dog when the three attacking dogs turned on her.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Second week of October 2017
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Collared wolf OR-33 shot dead northwest of Klamath Falls

10/12/17 AP

Medford, Ore. — A collared gray wolf known as OR-33 was illegally killed in southern Oregon, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking the public to help solve the crime.

The agency announced the death Wednesday, saying DNA from a heavily decomposed carcass found this spring was matched to DNA from when OR-33 was collared by wildlife biologists two years ago.

The carcass was found northwest of Klamath Falls on the Fremont-Winema National Forest.

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Pinedale Online Wolf News

9/28/17: Wolf News Roundup
(By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!) In Wyoming, federal funding for wolf control in the predator zone of Wyoming ends September 30, and after that date, responsibility falls on local predator control boards. In Washington, the Center for Biological Diversity and Cascadia Wildlands have teamed up to sue the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife over the state’s protocol for lethal removal of wolves involved in repeated livestock depredations. In Alaska, the wolf population on Alaska’s Prince of Wales Island has grown to more than 240 animals, so state officials have authorized a wolf hunt quota of 46 animals, according to media reports. The Minnesota wolf population is booming, with 500 packs and more than 2,800 wolves in the northern portion of the state – more than twice the numbers required in federal recovery plans….. (Click on the link above for the complete story.)

10/3/17: Wolf Hunt Area 11 Closes
(By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!) Wolf hunt area 11 (the area from Boulder Creek north to the Upper Green) has now closed after the harvest quota was reached on opening day, Sunday, October 1. Although the quota was set at 3 wolves, four were taken, as the Wyoming Game & Fish Department reported in its trophy game harvest summary…… (Click on the link above for the complete story.)

10/4/17: WSU predation study flawed
(By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!) The Washington Policy Center took a look at the Washington State University paper authored by Robert Wielgus that claimed that killing wolves increases the number of sheep and cattle that wolves depredate the following year. The Washington Policy Center researchers found ghe WSU study’s conclusions are based on erroneous statistical arguments, and are not supported by rigorous analysis of the study’s own data. Contrary to Wielgus’ conclusions, ther re-analysis of his study’s data finds that the strongest explanation of an increase in loss of cattle and sheep was simply an increase in the wolf population. Data in Wielgus’ study actually support the current Washington state strategy of removing wolves where there is conflict with a rancher, consistent with the common-sense conclusion that removing wolves reduces livestock deaths…… (Click on the link above for the complete story.)

10/4/17: Mexican wolf range: 90% in Mexico
(By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!) A recent peer-reviewed scientific paper reaffirmed the historical range of the endangered Mexican wolf as being southeastern Arizona, southwestern New Mexico and the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico. The paper was the featured article published in the July issue of The Journal of Wildlife Management. In the peer-reviewed paper, the authors use ecological, physiographic and morphological data to clarify the Mexican wolf’s historical range. The authors say extending the historical range boundary too far northward would place Mexican wolves north of historical transitions and run the risk of “genetic swamping” by the larger Northern Rockies wolves. The survey found that there were 63 wolves in Arizona and 50 in New Mexico. This represents a more than doubling of the population since 2009…… (Click on the link above for the complete story.)
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Wolf Education International

Second week October 2017

Oregon Authorizes Lethal Removal of Four Harl Butte Wolves

In Israel’s Ein Gedi, tourists’ trash lures wolves out of the shadows – and into trouble

French sheep farmers protest against protection of wolves

Red Cliff Tribe To Trap, Collar Wolves This Fall
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Rabid coyote bites man at Oregon farm

10/11/17 AP

Portland, Ore. — Health officials say a coyote tested positive for rabies after biting a man at a farm in Gervais, Oregon.

Richard Sherman of the Marion County Health Department said Wednesday that the victim reported that the coyote bit him on the leg after walking up to him and sniffing him. The man shot the coyote before seeking medical treatment, which included a series of injections.

The animal’s body was taken to a laboratory for testing, and results confirmed rabies.

Sherman says coyotes are rarely found with rabies. In Oregon, only three have tested positive for the disease in the past decade.

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Oregon woman wakes to find bear in living room

10/10/17 AP

Sumpter, Ore. — A woman in Oregon forgot to latch her front door and awoke to find a 160-pound bear in her living room.

The Baker City Herald reports that the bear knocked over a bookshelf but didn’t harm the 78-year-old woman.

The 3-year-old male bear was trapped and euthanized late last week by state wildlife officials.

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Predator-proof pens ‘last-ditch effort’ to save Selkirk caribou

Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Oct. 12, 2017

A small band of Southern Selkirks herd woodland caribou is photographed just north of the U.S.-Canada border during an aerial survey in March 2017. (Via Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

The Kalispel Tribe is going to take another shot at restoring endangered Selkirk mountain caribou with a $96,000 grant for a maternal penning project.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant along with other funding the tribe has obtained will be used to assist in the capture of caribou cows and newborn calves for placement in special pens built to protect them from predators, the Tribe says in a release.

Fewer than a dozen caribou remain in the South Selkirk population. The tribe calls the project “a last ditch/stop gap measure to prevent the extirpation of these animals.”

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From tragedy came a high-tech idea — ‘smart nanny cam for horses’

by Matt Markovich, KOMO News Friday, October 13th 2017

Remond, Wash. (KOMO) – Alexa Anthony throws a blanket on her horse, Elektra, for the night. It’s going to be cold in the stable and she wants Elektra to be warm.

But in 2012 on Christmas night, after doing the same routine with another horse called Magic, a horse she rode in the NCAA Equestrian Finals, something horrible happened.

“He got colic, he got really sick from that, I didn’t know because it was the middle of the night,” said Anthony. “So we came at 8 o’clock the next morning, and it was too late.”

Had she known sooner of his symptoms, she could have saved him.

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US government halts Wyoming wild horse roundup amid dispute

By Mead Gruver – 10/11/17 AP

Cheyenne, Wyo. — The U.S. government has agreed to halt a Wyoming wild horse roundup amid a legal dispute over whether it should count foals toward the roundup quota.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management and roundup opponents agreed in a court filing Tuesday the roundup would stop at 1,560 horses of all ages, a number the BLM was set to reach Wednesday. Meanwhile, U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal in Cheyenne was set to rule within days whether to allow the roundup to resume while a lawsuit filed by the opponents moves ahead.

The roundup began Sept. 23 and originally was expected to take four to six weeks. The Wild Horse Preservation Campaign and two photographers sued Friday, claiming the BLM was deviating from past practice by not counting captured foals toward the roundup’s 1,560-horse limit.

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Young pheasant hunters get their shot

At behest of local group, fish and game releases birds at youth hunting access

By Eric Barker of the Tribune

Young pheasant hunters will have a better chance of bagging a bird thanks to an agreement between the Game Bird Foundation and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Members of the foundation — which established the 900-acre The Palouse River Upland Game Access Yes! Area near Potlatch as a youth hunting area in recent years — doggedly lobbied the department to expands its extensive pheasant-release program centered at southern Idaho wildlife areas to the north central Idaho site.

Jim Hagedorn, one of the founders of the group that also raises and releases pheasant chicks, hammered the department at its monthly sportsmen’s breakfast meeting in Lewiston last week for not spending any of its pheasant release budget in the northern half of the state. The Viola man wanted to know why the department was upping the number of birds released at WMAs near Boise and other southern Idaho cities but wouldn’t provide birds for his group.

He had the backing of Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner Dan Blanco of Moscow, who also attended the meeting.

Within hours, the department started to formulate a plan that was finalized Tuesday. Starting Oct. 21, the department will release 25 birds a week for eight weeks at the site that is open to hunters age 17 and younger, as long as they are accompanied by a licensed adult. The adult mentors also may hunt at the site.

“This is really something. It just thrills me to death,” said Hagedorn. “This is sportsmen working with Fish and Game and Fish and Game working with sportsmen. This is the way it should be.”

… Directions and area rules that require hunters to sign in and fill out post-hunt harvest report cards are available at:

[h/t “Whiskers”]
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Idaho agency to vote on opening catch-and-keep season

10/12/17 AP

Lewiston, Idaho — The Idaho Fish and Game Commission is set to vote on a proposal to allow catch-and-keep steelhead fisheries on the Snake, Salmon and Little Salmon rivers and on the Clearwater River and its north, south and middle forks.

The commission will vote on the proposal Friday. If it passes, anglers on the Clearwater and its tributaries and the Snake River downstream of Couse Creek would have to release all steelhead longer than 28 inches (71 centimeters).

The size restrictions are designed to protect steelhead bound for the Clearwater Basin. The state expects only about 7,300 hatchery and about 1,400 wild B-run steelhead to make it back to Idaho waters, The Lewiston Tribune reported.

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
October 13, 2017
Issue No. 847

Table of Contents

* Council Approves Questions For Independent Science Board To Address In Review Of Basin Fish And Wildlife Plan

* Colville Tribes Use ‘Whooshh’ System To Collect, Transport Salmon For Hatchery Needs, Surplus Distribution

* States Set Two Days For Sturgeon Retention Fishing Downstream Of Bonneville Dam; Fish Over 66-Inches Increasing

* Washington Opens Sections Of Snake River To Steelhead Retention For Fish Under 28 Inches

* Draft Salmon Survival Report: Smolt To Adult Returns For Snake River Fish Remain Below NW Power/Conservation Council Goals

* Washington State, Others, Request Supreme Court Review Ninth Circuit’s Decision On Culverts/Salmon Passage

* Washington Approves Importing Atlantic Salmon Eggs From Iceland To Cooke Aquaculture Hatchery

* Montana To Close Invasive Mussels Inspection Stations For Season; Found 16 Contaminated Boats

* Oregon Officials Express Concern Over EPA Making Changes To Willamette River Cleanup Plan; EPA promises inclusion

* Interior Hires Deputy Assistant Secretary For Fish, Wildlife, Parks; Announces 5 Other Top Positions

* USFWS Offers $5,000 Reward For Illegal Killing Of Gray Wolf In Oregon Known As OR-33

* House Natural Resources Committee Approves Five Bills Making Changes To Endangered Species Act

* EPA Proposes To Withdraw Clean Water Act Restrictions For Bristol Bay’s Pebble Mine

Fish & Game News:

How to avoid common hunting violations – Video series

By Sue Nass, Writer/Producer Video Services
Thursday, October 5, 2017

It happens every fall. Hunters unwittingly violate game laws because they are unaware of a rule or they don’t understand the reason for the law.

Idaho’s seasons and rules are put into place for biological or safety reasons. There are always those who will deliberately flout game laws, putting others in danger or taking more than their fair share. However, Fish and Game realizes that most hunters are trying to do the right thing.

So, Idaho Fish and Game has taken the top five most common hunting violations and made short videos explaining the reason for each the rule and the actions necessary to stay in compliance. Happy hunting!

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Got your buck (or bull) yet? Here are some early season harvest stats

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Specialist
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Harvest reports are trickling in, but the majority of big game hunters are gearing up for fall hunts

Here’s your way-too-early roundup of how the big game season is going. If you’re a baseball fan, this is the box score after the first inning. If you’re a fan of politics, this is election results with 10 percent of the precincts reporting.

So why bother? Because we big game hunters are curious people, and many of us are gearing up for October and November hunts. But our early season hunting buddies had a chance to run around in the woods earlier and get a crack at bulls and bucks.

How did they do?

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Idaho Fish & Game Commission OKs limited catch-and-keep season for hatchery steelhead

Betsy Z. Russell The Spokesman-Review Oct 13, 2017

The Idaho Fish & Game Commission voted today to open a belated catch-and-keep season for steelhead on Sunday, but to reduce the traditional daily bag limit from three fish to two, amid other restrictions. Only hatchery fish less than 28 inches long may be kept; wild steelhead still must be released. The decision came after the department adopted an emergency rule in August closing steelhead harvests statewide due to low numbers; the season normally would have started Sept. 1. But since then, steelhead numbers, while still low, have improved.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that more than 1,000 people commented on the proposed catch-and-keep season, with many of them asking the department not to open a harvest season on the Clearwater River, due to concerns over very low numbers of protected wild fish.

Idaho has required all wild steelhead to be released since the 1980s; this year’s wild steelhead returns are expected to be the lowest since 2008.

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F&G News Releases


Fun Critter Stuff:

This Man Woke Up To A Strange Noise, Then He Saw This On His Porch

Oct 1, 2017 Bored Panda

Earlier this month, we wrote about the most awesome “I woke up to this” moments that have ever happened, and this story that happened to Tim Newton from Alaska definitely belongs there.

“Tim was awakened by noises on [his] deck last week – and looked outside. In astonishment, he grabbed his camera.. and can you believe it? Mama Lynx and her SEVEN kits!!” – he later wrote on his facebook page.

“She called to them and they all lined up right outside in front of where he was standing (he was inside the screen door!) Amazing ALASKA WILD LIFE!!! They proceeded to run and play on our deck, and then in our yard!”

“I’ve concluded that lynx must spend 1 percent of their waking lives chasing rabbits, and 99 percent chasing their kids. It was pretty much non-stop frolicking and rough-housing.”

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Seasonal Humor:

[h/t SMc]

Tips & Advice:

How to preserve pumpkins until Halloween

Marie Rossiter Oct 15, 2017 KIVI TV

Every year, it seems stores start selling pumpkins earlier and earlier, but buying early can mean a rotted mess by Oct. 31.

If you want to preserve your pumpkin masterpiece until Halloween, then take a look at the following tips. Each of these can help keep your jack-o-lantern looking perfectly spooky and fresh—not moldy and rotted.

1. Scoop Out All The Pumpkin “Guts”

You need to keep your pumpkin as bug-free as possible to avoid fast rotting. Yes, the “pumpkin guts” (as my family loves to call them) look stringy and feel cold and slimy, but kids usually love getting their hands dirty for the job. However, to keep the bugs out, needs to be scraped completely clean. Any residual pulp will attract little critters. So, find a sturdy spoon with a good edge and put some elbow grease into cleaning your jack-o-lantern.

2. Banish Pumpkin Rot With Bleach

When it comes to popular pumpkin-saving tips found online, bleach has to rank as No. 1. Multiple websites claim dunking your final product into a solution of bleach and water works wonders. Why? Bleach disinfects anything it touches. So, by applying it to the pumpkin, the bleach destroys the germs and helps keep them away.