KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man told authorities that he cut off a grizzly bear's claws as a memento after shooting it in self-defense because he was mad that the bear was going to eat him, according to court records.

Getting into Yellowstone National Park after the roads closed on Nov. 3 has been problematic. Over the snow tours have started, but unless you are willing to shell out some serious cash to take all your family in a snow coach or rent snowmobiles for everyone, walking or skiing is pretty much…

I used to think that we Grayz on Trayz were the bad boys on the hill. Then I rode with the Targheezers and found out who the real bad boys are. Those of you who frequent Grand Targhee Ski Resort have undoubtedly seen the Targheezers, clad in their signature traffic-cone orange and gray ski s…

I am way impressed by the crazy amount of knowledge that my grandkids possess. I sit down with them to read a magazine, like the National Wildlife Federation’s, Ranger Rick, only to have them start peppering me with questions I can’t answer, but they can. It is truly embarrassing for a so-ca…

The Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center is reporting that three skiers were caught in a, “large slab avalanche,” in the backcountry just outside of Grand Targhee Resort on Tuesday. One of the skiers was fully buried and the other two partially buried. The group was able rescue the skier that was …

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Four federal hydroelectric dams along the Snake River in Washington state bring both benefits and liabilities to the region, and there is no clear consensus in the state on whether the giant structures should be removed or retained, a new report said.

Thirty-three Yellowstone bison that had been held in quarantine — including 14 females with calves — were shipped from their pasture near Gardiner to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation last week.

For the past several months, an Idaho birding site has had multiple entries from enthusiastic birders who have been seeing blue jays. From Island Park to Blackfoot, blue jay sighting reports keep coming in. Why is that unusual? Mainly because blue jays are regarded as an eastern species; the…

What surprised me most about cross-country skiing in the Kelly Canyon area Saturday was the lack of people. Not at the ski resort — it was busy, but beyond the ski resort in the National Forest land, it was empty.

Many Washington fishing guides are skeptical if not outraged about a new state requirement that takes effect Jan. 1 to report their clients’ license information and detail what fish they catch, when and where.

For the second time in 20 years, we ventured into the hills to cut our own Christmas tree. We should have learned from our past experience that this isn’t really a good idea. Here is what I wrote about that:

HELLER BAR — Anglers have banded together to secure ownership and preserve access to a small but important parcel of land along the lower Grande Ronde River.

The Post Register Outdoor section is holding a contest to give away five pairs of tickets to the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour showing in Idaho Falls on Jan. 23 (Thursday).

My kids sometimes go to great lengths to find a unique and/or useful gift to buy for me, whom everyone sees as difficult to please (nonsense). Recently, a cool folding grappling hook was added to my collection of gifts, that, over the years, has included the book "Odd Thomas" by Dean Koontz …

It’s that time of year when we dive into the deep end of the excess pool, buying every new shiny bauble that passes before our eyes, and, because we are Americans, eating twice the calories we need because people just can’t stop baking pumpkin-spiced everything.

It was frustrating to wander around on a mountainside, see lots of elk tracks, and not be able to connect with the animals. Obviously, our schedules weren’t matching, and I needed to figure out why before grandsons showed up with elk tags to fill. Out of desperation, I finally set up some tr…

The Idaho Fish and Game recently finalized a land acquisition in the Bull’s Fork area east of Idaho Falls. The property adds an additional 1,552 acres to the Tex Creek Wildlife Management Area and is open to the public for hunting and trapping. The funds for the acquisition were part of a mi…

On a typical June day in Yellowstone, it’s not unusual to see hundreds of bison grazing in the Lamar Valley. The herds appear to aimlessly move back and forth through meadows threaded by a winding river, just passive figures in an idyllic scene. But as it turns out, that’s far from the full …

By now, the story of a major bird decline that appeared in Science Magazine this past fall and created quite a stir among biologists and the public is old news. The study revealed that almost 3 billion birds, one-fourth of the total birds in North America and a number that equals about 37 pe…

With the onset of winter, some animals become more visible and others disappear for the season. American badgers are one of those that pulls a disappearing act, migrating into underground burrows to await spring when food is once again abundant and days are pleasantly warm.

Every Fall, Idaho Fish and Game Magic Valley regional staff respond to calls from concerned residents about white sturgeon stranded in area canals, shallow pools, and below impoundment structures, such as dams.

Many years ago, when I was radio-tracking mule deer in eastern Idaho as part of my university studies, an early October storm, similar to the one we have just experienced, dumped about a foot of snow on the summer ranges. Over the next week, all of the marked deer vacated the higher elevatio…