Grand Teton National Park will allow already-selected hunters and shooters to again kill non-native mountain goats starting in September. The move is part of an effort to preserve a small population of native bighorn sheep.

Anglers fishing along the Snake River south of Shelley are being asked to help with a study by nipping a chunk of fin from every rainbow trout they catch, slipping it in an envelope and leaving it at a kiosk.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Gremlins got into the system last week and a large portion of this column failed to make the newspaper. Here is the column in its entirety.

In the first photo I saw of him, his antlers were small and matched his coat in color, which was the rich brown of a summertime bull elk. Over the course of the last month or so, my trail camera has repeatedly caught images of him and several friends. Most of the images were during the dark …

Getting the film footage documenting the 850-mile migration of salmon from the Oregon coast to central Idaho looked to be in serious jeopardy after Kris Millgate nearly destroyed her main camera 200 miles into the trip.

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JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Rangers equipped with rubber bullets, beanbags, paintballs and noisemakers recently descended upon a popular grizzly’s favorite roadside hangout and created an uproar. The action, intended to keep the bear and the public safe, sparked criticism from wildlife advocates, p…

I was looking at the photo accompanying this column when my granddaughter, Olivia, came in to say goodnight. “That’s a pretty picture!” she exclaimed. “That looks like a butterfly, it is so pretty. Moths are usually gray or brown. But that is a moth because it rests with its wings open and h…

Summer is in full swing and garden flowers and wildflowers are alive with colorful blossoms. The air is filled with the scent of flowers and is literally buzzing with activity. The buzzing comes from a wide spectrum of insects that appreciate the nectar and pollen flowers produce, but arguab…

HELENA Mont. — A grizzly bear that pulled a California woman from her tent and killed her earlier this week was fatally shot early Friday by wildlife officials, who used night vision goggles to stake out a chicken coop that the bear raided near the town where the woman was attacked.

There are certain things that I have accepted as unchanging, especially when it comes to the physical source of life on this planet, the sun. However, I have been realizing that although a person may not witness much change in our relation to the sun during a lifetime, over longer periods, t…

While last year’s toilet paper panic during the grip of the pandemic was disturbing, at least it was brief. Meanwhile, a nationwide ammunition shortage continues to impact shooting facilities, hunting trips and even law enforcement agencies – with no end in sight.

When we weren’t rock climbing, cycling or eating New Mexican food, during our recent trip to Albuquerque to visit in-laws, we would get up at dawn to beat the heat and hike in the nearby canyons of the Sandia Mountains.

The view from my front deck affords me a perfect opportunity to observe the track of the sun as it moves south to north. It begins its march north on the winter solstice, and that journey ended one week ago as it reached its northern extreme. For a day or two, it seemed to hang in one spot, …

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A drought is forcing Oregon to consider major changes this summer to everything from how it stocks trout in lakes and reservoirs across the state to when it will release some species of fish from hatcheries.

Yellowstone National Park may feel like a remote location, far from the problems of industrialized society. However, a recent study of Yellowstone Lake shows microplastics have infiltrated the aquatic food web, showing up in the stomachs of lake trout, cutthroat trout and tiny crustaceans on…

Because of the crowding, Yellowstone is no longer a place for us in the summer, even in the early part of the season with a very prompt start on the day. When we decided on some place to go last week, we went in the opposite direction, west to Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in Monta…

For his birthday, our grandson, Tucker, wanted to go fishing on a small stream. With a few choices in Island Park, we settled on Moose Creek, a meandering, log choked, jumpable stream that pours off the Fish Creek Plateau adjacent to the western edge of Yellowstone.

SANTA FE, N.M. — Overnight summer camps will be allowed in all 50 states this season, but COVID-19 rules and a pandemic labor crunch mean that many fewer young campers will attend, and those who do will have to observe coronavirus precautions for the second consecutive year.

There are some birds that are a joy to watch because they are easy to find. There are others that mesmerize with their beauty. Still others enthrall us with curious behaviors. I like the grebes, as a group, because between them, they do all three.

Last weekend, at the end of our ride, we had loaded the bikes in the back of my small pickup at Ruby Carson Memorial Park in Tetonia and were slowly driving away when my friend rolled down her window and shouted to strangers hanging out in the park:

I barely had a year and a half under my belt as an employee of Idaho Department of Fish and Game when the Department celebrated its 50-year anniversary. In 1938, the citizens of Idaho overwhelmingly voted for the creation of a wildlife agency staffed with professional biologists and working …

It started out as a single guttural low call, one that immediately had us reaching for our phones to identify it. We were birding at Patagonia Lake in southeast Arizona last week, and since we were birding, we assumed the strange noise was a bird. But as we tested bird after bird, none of th…

I was on the edge of Yellowstone Park years ago when a group of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep began feeding toward me. I ate my lunch, and they ate theirs, gradually getting closer and closer until I could almost touch them. I had heard that bighorns sometimes behave this way, but it was the …

We were looking at a dove in my dad’s backyard near Yuma, Arizona. At first, I thought it was a mourning dove, then deciding it wasn’t, I looked for a collar on the back of the neck that would make it a Eurasian collared-dove. Then I finally saw the white edges of the wings and recalled anot…