The raging wildfires that burned nearly 1 million acres of Washington and killed three firefighters also singed nearly 40 square miles of WDFW lands in Okanogan and Chelan Counties.
Federal hatchery managers believe that a clever solution to this summer’s low flows and hot weather may have saved as many as 1.2 million young spring Chinook being raised at a Central Washington facility.
With Western Washington rivers back up to more normal, cooler levels and anglers itching to get at returning salmon, WDFW will soon lift some closures and afternoon fishing restrictions.
Fifteen hundred feet of a levee holding back Ebey Slough near the mouth of the river was removed in a joint project by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Tulalip Tribes and others, opening up 350 acres that was first cultivated in the early 1900s but will now help with recovering ESA-listed wild Chinook in the important Puget Sound river basin.
Leaves turning color, first big storm of the season, snow (that white stuff that didn’t fall last winter) in the mountain forecast, HVAC systems switching from AC to heat — yep, it’s starting to feel like fall around these here parts! And just in time …
Under the regulations adopted today, anglers should find it easier to navigate the rules for trout and warmwater fishing, thanks to fewer special regulations creating different seasons, gear restrictions and bag limits for different waters.
Fishery managers are predicting there will be 206,600 adult wild coho in the ocean this summer, most of which will return to Oregon’s coastal rivers and streams.
No, it’s not enough to refill drought-stricken reservoirs, track deer over or even make a mini Frosty, but a skiff of snow has fallen in parts of Washington’s Cascades and more is forecast today.
A guard dog was seriously injured in a fight with a wolf in southern Stevens County.
Federal and state wildlife officials determined that a wolf or wolves killed a yearling cow in the Teanaway, it was announced this afternoon.
A second rancher in Northeast Washington has been alerted to the nearby presence of the Dirty Shirt Pack, blamed for the deaths of four cows earlier this month.