Litter does a number on wildlife, wild places

Target shooters have created an unsightly mess with their litter along the road to Cartier Slough Wildlife Management Area in Madison County. It may come as a surprise to some to learn that shotgun shells are litter too. Terry Thomas / news@postregister.com

Many years ago when I wore a badge, carried a gun and drove around in a truck belonging to Idaho Department of Fish and Game, I spent many days walking up and down riverbanks checking fishermen.

South Fork rainbows receive reward tags

Before anglers hit the South Fork of the Snake River for its prime fishing season, Fish and Game crews were out catching rainbows and hybrids and inserting tiny wire tags that identify a reward. An angler will receive the reward if they catch a tagged rainbow trout and or rainbow/cutthroat hybrid and turn in the fish to Fish and Game’s Idaho Falls office.

Scrounging for trash, bears along the I-90 corridor are getting fat and dying

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is five years into a study of bears in the Cascades living near the Interstate 90 corridor. Preliminary findings indicate many of these bears are overweight and dying young. Courtesy King County BearSmart

The bears are fat. And they’re dying young.

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