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Whitman County Parks warns of possible cougar activity

Whitman County Parks warns of possible cougar activity

Whitman County Parks and Recreation is warning the public about possible cougar activity on the Colfax Trail. While there hasn’t been an actual cougar sighting, there is evidence along the trail suggests one might be in the area.

Whitman County Parks Director Tim Myers said that a hiker reported seeing animal remains at the west end of the Colfax Trail a couple of times over the last few days. Myers said that no one has reported a cougar sighting but they want hikers to be careful in the area as precaution.

Rare hawk owl spotted in Moscow

Rare hawk owl spotted in Moscow

From WSU News:

Owls, like most creatures, “sometimes just hit the road and go,” said raptor expert Erik Stauber, a retired wildlife veterinary professor from Washington State University.  So when he spotted an odd looking bird perched on a bare tree near a Moscow, Idaho, shopping mall, he suspected it was a rare visitor from a faraway land.


WSU vet students name Woodland Park Zoo baby giraffe

At seven-weeks-old, Misawa is already 8 feet tall. He is the newest baby giraffe at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo and received his name yesterday from the results of a poll taken among Washington State University veterinary students.

From WSU:
The privilege of naming the playful giraffe was extended first to veterinary Dean Bryan Slinker who in turn made it a poll for the students.

“Misawa” is a common greeting in Luo, the primary language spoken in Tanzania and Southwest Kenya near Kisumu. Some recognize the word as meaning “peace.”

“The zoo extended an extraordinary privilege to name Misawa to WSU’s veterinary program,” said Slinker. “I felt it was only fitting that we use the opportunity reflect our work not only with the Woodland Park Zoo but also in Africa and at the same time provide a small diversion for our students.”

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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.

Campus Police calls in backup for bird in WSU's French Ad

It’s been awhile since we dived into Pullman Police’s daily activity log. One incident from Monday evening caught our eye. A bird was bothering the French Administration building. It was flying around inside and Ofc. Brandon Koe assisted campus police to remove the menace.

We spoke with Commander Chris Tennant who explained that Ofc. Koe luckily had access to the animal control officer’s vehicle which had a net inside. They caught the bird and life continued.

“We help whenever we can. We don’t usually chase birds around with nets,” Tennant said.

Full disclosure on our part, a bird in a building story is always on our radar because KXLY’s studios in Spokane has a terrible bird problem at times. Sometimes if you listen carefully to the newscast, you might hear the gentle chirp of birds tweeting away or that’s our @kxly4news Twitter account.

Tundra The Snowy Owl

A snowy owl hit by a car near the town of Davenport is being treated at the Washington State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital. A world-renowned snowy owl expert says the owl, named Tundra, is part of a phenomenon nationwide unlike anything ever recorded.  With hand-fed meals, a bowl of ice and a fan to keep him cool, the Arctic visitor just might call the Palouse his new home.

Washington Fish and Wildlife Officer Curt Wood found Tundra when someone reported the little guy hopping along the road near Davenport.  Wood says he considered killing Tundra when he noticed he had a broken wing, but says the bird's beauty convinced him not to.

"The owl was very beautiful, and it just looked at me with those big yellow eyes, blinking them from time to time," he said. "It seemed to be totally at ease with me, as if it knew that I was going to save it, so I didn't have the heart to put it down."