Hunting http://kplu.org en Should Giant Pacific Octopus get special protections? http://kplu.org/post/should-giant-pacific-octopus-get-special-protections <p>The giant Pacific octopus is a relatively healthy and abundant creature among the native wildlife living in Puget Sound.</p><p>But it’s such an iconic species that the recent killing of one by a young diver near Seattle’s Alki point has others in the community calling for new protections.</p><p>The state is<a href="http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/jan2213a/"> accepting nominations</a> for an advisory group that will consider a range of conservation strategies.</p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 12:55:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7702 at http://kplu.org Should Giant Pacific Octopus get special protections? Northwest fire season overlapping with hunting season http://kplu.org/post/northwest-fire-season-overlapping-hunting-season Evacuation notices around the Northwest have subsided as fire crews beat back the threat of wildfire to homes and subdivisions.<p>Officials have removed an alert near Sisters, Oregon, where the Pole Creek Fire is 80 percent contained. In Idaho, the Idaho County Sheriff lifted an evacuation order near the McGuire Complex in the Nez Perce National Forest. And crews at the Wenatchee Complex in Washington have been reduced by half since last weekend.<p>But a dry spell in the region has pushed fire season … into hunting season. Fri, 28 Sep 2012 17:26:32 +0000 Jessica Robinson 6524 at http://kplu.org Northwest fire season overlapping with hunting season The art of trapping Idaho’s wolves http://kplu.org/post/art-trapping-idaho%E2%80%99s-wolves <p>Idaho is the first state outside of Alaska to regulate a trapping season for wolves. It came after the animal was removed from the Endangered Species List this spring. Trappers who are hoping to snare a gray wolf are required to take a mandatory class.</p><p>If anyone can tell you how challenging it is to trap a wolf, it&rsquo;s Rick Williamson.</p><p>Williamson is a carnivore biologist with Idaho&rsquo;s Department of Fish and Game. He recently retired from his position as a wolf management specialist with the federal government. He&rsquo;s is teaching a class of about 25 people how to set a foothold trap.</p><p> Sat, 26 Nov 2011 17:00:00 +0000 Emily Schwing 3261 at http://kplu.org The art of trapping Idaho’s wolves Hunting and fishing on the rise in bad economy http://kplu.org/post/hunting-and-fishing-rise-bad-economy <p>Are more people hunting and fishing for food during these tough economic times? Possibly. However, the recent upturn in the number of people buying a hunting and fishing license is probably due to unemployed construction workers with more time on their hands, one department official said.</p><p> Fri, 17 Jun 2011 18:58:47 +0000 Tom Banse 1901 at http://kplu.org Hunting and fishing on the rise in bad economy