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As wolves settle in, Washington OKs hunting more cougars

Conservation groups are challenging new rules that expand cougar hunting in some parts of the state, arguing that the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission disregarded scientific studies that show increased harvests don’t reduce cougar populations and can actually lead to more conflicts between the big cats and their human neighbors.

Blisters, glory in U.S. craze for extreme trail running

MT. KATAHDIN, Me. — It required running at night on rock-strewn slopes, then sleeping as little as an hour before resuming the daily pace of 47 miles (76 km) that would shatter the record for the fastest-ever completion of the Appalachian Trail. Scott Jurek claimed the title of quickest trek of the 2,180-mile (3,508-km) trail from Georgia to Maine, finishing on Sunday after 46 days, 8 hours, 7 minutes.

Lakes open for biggest fishing day of the year

OLYMPIA — Trout fishing in Washington hit full speed April 25, when several hundred lowland lakes — stocked with millions of fish — opened for a six-month season.

Superhero 2K-5K is Saturday

Columbia Valley Girls on the Run is hosting its second annual Superhero 2K & 5K at 9 a.m. Saturday at Pybus Public Market in Wenatchee.

With a new name, Tour de Beer back for Year 2

WENATCHEE — When Tour de Beer was first organized a year ago to help cap the Apple Blossom Festival’s final weekend, the idea behind setting up the outdoor beer gardens on downtown Wenatchee streets was to make the experience of watching the annual Tour de Bloom Criterium even better for spectators.

Whittaker legend lives on 50 years after Kennedy climb

The spirit of the 1965 first ascent of Canada’s Mount Kennedy is being captured in a documentary film culminating in May with a 50th-anniversary expedition to include two of Jim Whittaker’s sons, Leif and Bobby. On the Web: whittakeroutdoors.com.

Wild kokanee drive the limit at Lake Roosevelt

Thanks to Idaho, Anglers have been hooking a bumper crop of kokanee in Lake Roosevelt since last year. Unfortunately, they've had to release most of the delicious land-locked sockeyes.