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Elk hoof disease found in new Washington areas

Four elk with elk hoof disease were detected in recent months in northwest Washington in areas where the disease had previously not been detected.

According to a news release from Washington State University, four hunter-harvested elk were diagnosed with treponeme-associated hoof disease in regions that point to an expansion of the disease up the Olympic Peninsula and nearing Olympic National Park. The disease is now present on the southeast, south, west and southwest borders of the park.

To date, there have been four confirmed cases in that region. All cases were obtained from legally harvested elk.

Since 2008, reports of elk with deformed, broken or missing hooves have increased dramatically in southwest Washington, with sporadic observations in other areas west of the Cascade Range. The disease causes elk to become lame and often debilitated from foot ulcers and long, overgrown hooves that may slough off. The disease has not been diagnosed in other wildlife species and is currently not known to affect humans who use good harvest sanitation practices.

Kelly Creek Flycasters’ fishing expo starts today

The Kelly Creek Flycasters’ North Idaho Fly Fishing Expo at the Red Lion Hotel in Lewiston starts today and runs through Saturday.

The expo runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. It features a mix of programs, workshops and demonstrations on fly fishing and fly tying. A complete list of offerings is available at www.niffe.org.

Lingering snow, ice scotch planned rifle match

LAPWAI — The National Rifle Association-sanctioned Civilian Marksmanship/Modern Military Rifle match scheduled for Saturday at the Lewis-Clark Wildlife Shooting Range near here has been canceled due to lingering snow and ice.

The ice affects both the 18-bench and six-bench firing lines. The next match is scheduled for April 20.

Free entrance at Washington State Parks Tuesday

OLYMPIA — Washington State Parks invites visitors to help celebrate the agency’s 106th birthday on Tuesday, by enjoying a state park for free that day.

It will be the third of 12 free days offered by state parks in 2019. During free days, visitors are not required to display a Washington Discover Pass. The free days apply only at state parks. A Discover Pass is still required on land managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Washington Department of Natural Resources.

Open fly tying session is planned for Tuesday

Local fly tying enthusiasts will hold an open tying session from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room of the North 40 store in Lewiston.

The session is not associated with local fly fishing groups. Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment and materials, but there are a limited number of loaner vises, tools and materials for use.

USFS to discuss fuel reduction program Thursday

U.S. Forest Service officials from the Pomeroy Ranger District of the Umatilla National Forest will speak about the agency’s fuel reduction program at an Asotin County Sportsmen Association meeting Thursday in Clarkston.

The 7 p.m. meeting will be held at Four Square Church at 2377 Appleside Blvd.

Free pheasant plants are focus of wildlife expo

VIOLA — The Gamebird Foundation and Idaho Fish and Game will put on a wildlife expo at the Viola Community Center here March 30.

Farmers, landowners, hunters and wildlife watchers are invited to attend. The expo will focus on the foundation’s efforts to improve wildlife habitat and to seed habitat with pen-raised pheasant chicks. A half-hour PowerPoint presentation on habitat improvement will start at 2:30 p.m. It will include information on how landowners can get Habitat Improvement Program grants to help restore wildlife habitat on their land.

Members of the game bird foundation will have booths with information about getting and raising free pheasant chicks and how to release them and will offer information about a nearby youth hunting area. Free pizza will be provided.

3-D bow hunting shoot set for March 30 in Viola

VIOLA — The EeDaHow Bow Hunters will put on a two-day, 3-D shoot at the Viola archery range at 1137 Marshall Road here March 30 and 31.

Registration begins at 7 a.m.

Targets will be placed at marked distances, and range finders are allowed. Awards will be given for those who shoot during both days of the competition. There will be a money dot and smoker round. Mulligans are $1 with a limit of three per day.

The costs for adults is $15 for one day and $25 for both days. The cost for youth between 9 and 17 is $10 for one day and $15 for two days. The cost for cubs, kids 8 and younger, is $8 for one day and $10 for two days, and the cost for families is $35 for one day and $60 for two days. More information is available at www.eedahowbowhunters.com/

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