Outdoors

Outdoors briefs: Central Basin Audubon to hold fundraiser

MOSES LAKE -- The Central Basin Audubon club will have its annual fundraiser, auction and dinner at 6 p.m. on Feb. 2 at the Women's Club, 1105 Columbia St., Moses Lake.

Tickets are $5 and will be sold at the door.

Proceeds will be used to help to underwrite the cost of classroom presentations as well as providing bus transportation for Basin students on a tour of the Columbia Basin Wildlife Refuge.

Trail work planned for Wallowa-Whitman

BAKER CITY, Ore. -- The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is embarking on its most ambitious trail-maintenance campaign in years.

Bolstered by $1.6 million in federal stimulus money, the Wallowa-Whitman plans to help hikers and horseback riders by trimming brush and moving downed logs off its more than 1,300 miles of trails during 2010 and 2011.

Wallowa-Whitman spokeswoman Judy Wing says some of the trails haven't been maintained with any regularity for many years.

Private contractors will be hired to do much of the work, including almost 1,100 miles of trails in the Eagle Cap Wilderness and the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area.

Japanese fisherman ties largemouth bass record

A Japanese man is being credited with tying the 77-year-old world record for catching the biggest largemouth bass.

The International Game Fish Association announced Friday that it had confirmed the 22-pound, 4-ounce fish caught by Manabu Kurita.

The Florida-based group said Kurita caught the fish July 2 on Lake Biwa, Japan's largest lake.

Kurita's fish tied the record of George Perry, who caught his bass on Georgia's Montgomery Lake on June 2, 1932.

Kurita used 25-pound test line and a live blue gill as bait.

Two sentenced for trafficking in bear parts

REPUBLIC -- Two Eastern Washington men were fined -- one of them also was sentenced to jail -- after they were convicted of illegal trafficking in bear gall bladders, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said.

William A. Page, 63, a Curlew meat cutter, was sentenced Dec. 18 in Ferry County Superior Court to a year in jail plus $3,000 in fines after being convicted of six counts of unlawful trafficking in wildlife.

Mike Cenci, the department's deputy chief of enforcement, said Page admitted to buying 35 gall bladders in 2007 and 2008, including 17 he purchased from undercover officers during the course of the department's investigation.

In a separate case, the Spokane County Superior Court fined the owner of a Spokane food market $1,000 on Dec. 22 for two felony convictions of illegally trafficking in wildlife.

A Spokane jury found Jason Yon, 51, owner of JAX Market, guilty of purchasing four bear gall bladders from wildlife officers during an undercover investigation in 2008.

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