South Fork rainbows receive reward tags

Before anglers hit the South Fork of the Snake River for its prime fishing season, Fish and Game crews were out catching rainbows and hybrids and inserting tiny wire tags that identify a reward. An angler will receive the reward if they catch a tagged rainbow trout and or rainbow/cutthroat hybrid and turn in the fish to Fish and Game’s Idaho Falls office.

Scrounging for trash, bears along the I-90 corridor are getting fat and dying

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is five years into a study of bears in the Cascades living near the Interstate 90 corridor. Preliminary findings indicate many of these bears are overweight and dying young. Courtesy King County BearSmart

The bears are fat. And they’re dying young.

Lizards refuse to live up to labels

Lizards are a diverse group. If you want to see a lot of species though, you need to head to the tropics or the warmer deserts of the U.S. This is a Mojave Desert chuckwalla. Terry Thomas / news@postregister.com

The Mojave and Sonoran deserts are full of strange and wonderful wildlife. Their hot climates seem to favor reptiles, and within a day or two in the Mojave, we had seen a half-dozen species of lizards, perhaps the most common of reptiles.

Popular national parks to raise fees to $35, not $70

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2015, file photo, spectators gaze at El Capitan for a glimpse of climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson, as seen from the valley floor in Yosemite National Park, Calif. The Interior Department is backing down from a plan to impose steep fee increases at popular national parks after widespread opposition from elected officials and the public. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

WASHINGTON — The Interior Department is increasing fees at the most popular national parks to $35 per vehicle, backing down from an earlier plan that would have forced visitors to pay $70 per vehicle to visit the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and other iconic parks.

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