Feeding Wild Birds May Attract Unwanted Visitors to Your Home


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By Rose Oliver, WWO North Cascades Field Coordinator Don’t get me wrong, I love my wild birds. In fact, one of my favorite morning activities is sitting on my front porch with a cup of coffee and watching the towhees …

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Cougar-Smart Efforts in British Columbia


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The town of Squamish in British Columbia, our neighbor to the north, has the highest number of conflicts between humans and cougars of any town in British Columbia. That doesn’t mean that people are threatened by cougars. It means that cougars are reported …

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Cougar Story with a Happy Ending


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Cougars are an important part of our natural heritage. Sleek and graceful, cougars are solitary and secretive animals rarely seen in the wild. With neighborhoods encroaching into wildlife habitat, the number of cougar sightings may increase, but a cougar sighting does not …

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First time “hard release” of a cougar in Washington


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  A 140-pound male cougar was too close for comfort, hanging around homes and a school near Enumclaw. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife trapped the animal and then “hard released” the cougar using  Karelian Bear Dogs and shooting  bean bags …

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Comments on famous Cougar photo


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An article in the Seattle Times and Wenatchee World about a rare cougar photo is stirring local comments in the Wenatchee area. Brad Thomas of Wenatchee captured this photo with a remote camera of a group of up to eight …

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NPR-KUOW joins GBOP in the field


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Earlier this month Steve Scher, host of the popular NPR-KUOW radio show ‘Weekday’ joined me in the field to talk bears. Steve was piecing together a story about the bears of Washington and wanted an opportunity to learn about some …

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Cougar Ecology and Conservation


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Announcing the release of Cougar Ecology and Conservation edited by Maurice Hornocker and Sharon Negri. Internationally renowned biologist Maurice Hornocker and long time conservationist Sharon Negri have joined forces to produce Cougar Ecology and Conservation, a seminal go-to resource for scientists, …

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