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Category: Environment
October 12, 2014 at 11:23 AM

1 injured after car strikes bear in Grays Harbor County

A teenage passenger was injured when a car struck a black bear on Highway 12 in Grays Harbor County on Saturday evening, according to the Washington State Patrol. A Ford Focus was westbound on Highway 12 about two miles east of Oakville around 9 p.m. when it hit a bear that was standing in the middle…

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October 8, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Stink bugs looking for warm homes in Washington

Washington residents may be wondering about big brown bugs that have been seen crawling on the walls. They’re “stink bugs” looking to move into a warm, dry place. State Agriculture Department entomologist Arlo Pelegrin told KIRO-FM the Western conifer seed bug is more common in Eastern Washington but starting to show up west of the Cascades….

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October 8, 2014 at 6:28 AM

Ranchers at Colville meeting say wolves threaten livelihood

COLVILLE, Wash. — Angry sheep and cattle ranchers told Fish and Wildlife Department officials that wolf attacks threaten their livelihood. More than 200 people packed a meeting Tuesday night in Colville on the department’s wolf management plan. The department is trying to establish at least 15 breeding pairs of wolves across Washington. Most of the packs so…

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October 7, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Woodland Park Zoo elephant died because it couldn’t stand

A 45-year-old elephant with arthritic legs died at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo because it went down and couldn’t get up. The zoo said Tuesday the necropsy on Watoto found chronic, age-related arthritis in the leg joints. The female African elephant that died in August had no life-threatening problems with its heart or infectious…

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October 6, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Federal permits limit Idaho cities’ pollution in Spokane River

The Associated Press POST FALLS, Idaho — Federal officials have issued permits to three northern Idaho cities that limit how much pollution can be put into the Spokane River. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued the permits to Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls and the Hayden Area Regional Sewer Board, the Coeur d’Alene Press reported in a story…

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October 6, 2014 at 7:28 AM

Watch for Japanese transponders on Northwest coast

The Associated Press ASTORIA, Ore. — Scientists are asking Oregon beachcombers and anglers to watch for bright orange transponders on the shore. The floating instruments about the size of a 2-liter soda bottle were set in the ocean from Japanese ports in 2011 and 2012 to help research movement of debris from the 2011 tsunami. The Daily Astorian…

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October 5, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Snowy plover making a comeback on Long Beach Peninsula

The Associated Press LEADBETTER POINT, Wash.  — A tiny shorebird that nearly went extinct is making a comeback thanks to a $150 million habitat- restoration effort. The Longview Daily News reports officials in Washington counted a record high 67 western snowy plovers in their last count in January. Oregon and Washington together, which are counted as…

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October 5, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Forest Service considers using more herbicides on invasive plants

By Kimberly Cauvel / Skagit Valley Herald With a 10-fold increase in invasive plant sites over the last 10 years, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest land managers propose updating the invasive plant management program to increase its effectiveness, possibly with the use of more herbicides. The U.S. Forest Service is accepting comment on a draft environmental impact statement…

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October 2, 2014 at 1:03 PM

E. coli found again on Mercer Island; boil-water alert issued

UPDATE, 1:55 p.m. | The Mercer Island School District superintendent said he took a “preemptive approach” to the boil alert issued Thursday after E. coli was found in the water supply. “In a preemptive approach anticipating that a new boil-water advisory might be issued by the City of Mercer Island, I alerted the district’s leadership team…

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October 2, 2014 at 5:52 AM

Too-friendly wolf to be trapped, moved to sanctuary

The Spokesman-Review A female wolf that’s become too comfortable hanging around homes and domestic dogs near Ione will be captured and put in a Western Washington wildlife park, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officials said Wednesday. The capture, which is planned for this week, would be the first time wildlife officials put one of the state-listed…

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