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Category: Wildlife Viewing


Inslee reappoints Wecker to commission, also appoints commercial fishing proponent

The current chairwoman of the state Fish and Wildlife Commission has been reappointed, while the executive director of the Purse Seine Vessel Owners Association has been named to fill a vacant position.

Gov. Jay Inslee announced the appointments this morning.

The governor reappointed Miranda Wecker of Naselle to the Western Washington position she has held since 2005. Her new term will run through Dec. 31, 2018. Wecker, who has been chairwoman since 2008, is the director of the Marine Program at the University of Washington Olympic Natural Resources Center.

Inslee also appointed Robert Kehoe of Seattle to a vacant at-large

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Get your outdoor club’s info into our special section

We are preparing a special section on summer outdoor recreation options in Western Washington. One element of the content will be a listing of outdoors groups in the South Sound.

So, here’s the deal. Your group can get a free mention in the section, but you have to send us the information.

Here is what we would you like to send us: club name, main activity you participate in, major event club hosts; general meeting time and location; website and/or phone number.

Here is an example: South Sound Chapter-Puget Sound Anglers: Salmon fishing; hosts the South Sound Salmon Derby in

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Washington ranks 43rd in country for deer-vehicle crashes

Washington ranked 43rd in the nation for the likelihood that a driver will hit a deer in the next year.

Using its own claims data and state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration, State Farm ranked each of the state’s based on the projected number of deer-vehicle collisons from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012 and the number of licensed drivers in each state in 2010.

The insurance company said the chance of a Washington drivers sitting a deer in the next 12 months is one in 477. That was based on a projection of 10,700 deer-vehicle

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Change in program for Thursday’s Tahoma Audubon Society meeting

Rainier Audubon Society member Dan Streiffert will give a presentation, “Rafting the Marsh Fork of the Canning River,” Thursday at the monthly meeting of the Tahoma Audubon Society.

Streiffert will talk about the wildlife that lives along the river that runs along the western boundary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The “Great Bear Rainforest” presentation originally scheduled has been postponed.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for refreshments, social time and chapter updates. The program begins at 7:30 p.m.

The chapter meets at the Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma.


Keep Wildlife Wild Day is Saturday at Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park will host its fourth annual Keep Wildlife Wild Day Saturday.

The program, from noon-4 p.m. at Paradise, is part of the park’s effort to educate visitors on wildlife and the impacts we have on them. The day will focus on wildlife protection and education to keep Mount Rainier’s wildlife wild.

The event will include presentations and educational programs. Interpretive rangers and guest experts will present talks on native wildlife throughout the afternoon. There will be several activities for children to explore the world of Mount Rainier’s wildlife.

For more information, contact Kirsten Anderson at or

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Campground closed after bear swipes at occupied tent at Bandelier National Monument

From the National Park Service:

Early last Wednesday morning, a black bear swatted at a tent occupied by a sleeping juvenile who was camping with his family in Ponderosa Campground. The tent was torn and the bear’s claws grazed the back of the juvenile’s neck, causing a minor abrasive injury. The family immediately left the campground. Rangers were informed of the incident later that morning. Bandelier natural resources staff and park rangers worked closely with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish to determine the proper course of action to take. In accord with both National Park Service and

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So many possible answers to this question

This post comes courtesy of the State Department of Fish and Wildlife Police. They posted it on their Facebook page. I thought the image was too good to not pass along.

Here is what their post had to say:

Officer McLerran received a call to contact the Ag Northwest manager about a bear in Plymouth. So Officer McLerran called the manager and was informed that there was a black bear in the middle of a wheat field. Although it thoroughly surprised one of the workers, the manager indicated that the bear was causing no harm and was not a problem

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Northwest Trek hosts Endangered Species weekend April 21-22

Northwest Trek will celebrate Endangered Species Weekend Saturday and Sunday. The wildlife park will host a number of family activities honoring endangered species and teaching participants what they can do to protect these animals and their habitats.

Among the activities:

Are you Endangered?: Collect an animal card at the entrance and see if you are listed as secure or endangered by the end of your visit today.

What you can do in your backyard: Habitat loss is the number one reason that animals become endangered. Learn how to turn a yard into a habitat for local wildlife and help keep

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