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Protect wildlife by keeping your hands off

Protect wildlife by keeping your hands off

When young wildlife, some of it abandoned, venture into populated areas, there are things you should do to help protect the animals so they can return to their native habitat safely.

"We heard it through the night and it was yelping and needing mama," Dawn Harder said. "We had a mom down the road that was hit and we kind of figured that was probably mom."

Mom in this case was a deer that was hit, leaving a fawn to fend for itself. Experts say unfortunately it's a part of life.

"Let's all remember death is a part of life. Sometimes Mother Nature is not fair," Marilyn Omler from Ponti Veterinary Hospital said.

The first rule when you come across young wildlife is, as hard as it is you need to leave the animals where you find them.

"You're going to go camping, you're going to see these guys, walk away. Leave them in the wild," she said.

Cougars caught on camera

Cougars caught on camera

A rare sight was caught on camera recently when five cougars, which are normally solitary animals, were spotted together.

Ken Vanden Heuvel found photos on his Bushnell Trophy Cam from April 16 that captured five cougars in his driveway. The picture shows one cougar in the front of the picture, with four silhouettes behind it with glaring eyes.

Vanden Heuvel said the first picture was taken around 2 a.m. and showed one cougar. Two hours later four more appeared in the photo, a very rare incident according to the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

"Cougars make it their business not to be seen by us," Madonna Luers, public information officer with Fish and Wildlife said. "Lots of people live and work around here in outdoors all their lives will never see a cougar."

Add in the fact there are five of them and that rarity just increased. The state agency said that it's uncommon for cougars to hang out.

"Usually cougars are solitary animals," Luers said. "They hunt solitary."

So what could bring these cats together? Luers said that it's likely a mother with her grown cubs.

Seized horses up for adoption

After being seized by the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service in July, 23 horses are now in the process of being placed in homes.

 

The horses were seized in July after it was determined that they were at risk. SCRAPS reported that the animals were in poor body condition after they responded to complaints from neighbors stating that horses looked like walking skeletons.

 

Currently, nine of the horses have been placed in homes through foster care and animal rescues, while three of them have been returned to their original owners. The 14 remaining horses, including mares and geldings, are now available for adoption through SCRAPS.

 

Eagles on Long Lake

Eagles on Long Lake

KXLY viewer, Brain Williamson, sent in this photo today. He spotted the eagles flying over Long Lake from his backyard.

Taima the Hawk trains, lives in Spokane

Taima the Hawk trains, lives in Spokane

 

Little-known fact: A key member of the Seahawks resides in the Spokane area.

Taima the Hawk, the 7-year-old African Augur Hawk that leads the team out of the tunnel before every home game, makes David Knutson's Spokane farm home.

Knutson, a master falconer, attends every Seahawk home game, training camp, organized team activity and team event east of the Cascades – logging “at the very least” 65,000 miles during that span.

Knutson's work with Taima (pronounced: TAY-ma) starts long before the regular season because the bird needs to be prepared for the thousands of people touching him and the array of stimuli that could startle an untrained bird.

Dirty Dash registration opens

Dirty Dash registration opens

 

The popular Dirty Dash opened registration today for the 2013 “race” to be held at Riverside State Park on July 13.

Loyalty registration, which runs until Jan. 30, costs only $35. After that the price to sign up steadily rises the closer we get to the event.

“Resolve to make 2013 your dirtiest yet and we guarantee to make that happen for you in one unforgettable morning of feasting on filth, groveling through grime, delighting in dirt, and wallowing in mud rather than self-pity,” a news release from Dirty Dash said.

Sign up at thedirtydash.com.

Group of pheasants spotted

Group of pheasants spotted

A large group of pheasants were spotted north of Spokane.

Do you have pictures of wildlife coming near your home? Want to share your unique Inland Northwest experience with the KXLY Communities readership? Email your pictures and neighborhood story tips to jacobp@kxly.com today.