Pat Neal

PAT NEAL: Whales’ boundless salmon appetite

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news, but there’s another toxic concern to keep you awake at night: Are your whales getting enough salmon?

PAT NEAL’S WILDLIFE: I get letters — all cut up in little pieces

MOMMA ALWAYS SAID if you can't say something nice, write a newspaper column. When I first started out, all I knew about writing a newspaper… Continue reading

PAT NEAL’S WILDLIFE: The wilderness can be downright buggy

IT IS DAYLIGHT in the swamp. There is a buzzing sound as the insects of the forest awakened. The first to be noticed is the… Continue reading

PAT NEAL’S WILDLIFE: Genetically altering fish monkeys with Nature

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news. A front-page article that appeared Monday in the Peninsula Daily News revealed that the Food and Drug… Continue reading

PAT NEAL’S WILDLIFE COLUMN: Gone fishing with ‘Twilight’ characters

MAYBE YOU THINK being a wilderness gossip columnist is easy. It might sound like a dream job, just watching the river flow -- until the… Continue reading

PAT NEAL’S WILDLIFE: An undammed Olympic river with limited fish

SOMEONE RECENTLY ASKED me if taking the dams out of the Elwha River would bring the salmon back. I wish. I'd give anything to have… Continue reading

THE PAT NEAL WILDLIFE COLUMN: Bull trout bull

A SHARP-EYED READER recently suggested a correction to my May 26 column about the Dungeness Valley Creamery. It's one of two remaining dairies in the… Continue reading

PAT NEAL WILDLIFE COLUMN: The last dairy farms

IT SEEMS THESE days, people don't know where their food comes from. That was not a problem growing up on a cattle ranch. OK, maybe… Continue reading

THE PAT NEAL COLUMN: Why we have a season for tourists

AN ECONOMIC SUMMIT was held recently to discuss ways to stimulate the economy of the North Olympic Peninsula. A May 12 Peninsula Daily News article… Continue reading

PAT NEAL’S WILDLIFE COLUMN: Next time you’re on the water, heeere kitty, kitty, kitty

LAST WEEK I got an announcement from PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, about a proposal for the next edition of the Merriam… Continue reading

PAT NEAL’S WILDLIFE COLUMN: Ain’t that a punch in your card

APRIL CAN BE the cruelest month. It's when we are forced to turn in our income tax and turn in our punch card. The first… Continue reading

PAT NEAL’S WILDLIFE COLUMN: Different way to see red while fly fishing

FISHING HAS ALWAYS been a metaphor for life. In fishing and in life, you must have a vision of your goal. We cast our offering… Continue reading

PAT NEAL’S WILDLIFE COLUMN: Earth Day, dammed rivers and overharvesting

I REMEMBER THE very first Earth Day back in the 1970s. Fishing must have been slow, since I was in school. They herded us into… Continue reading

PAT NEAL’S WILDLIFE: Digging up the oldest fishing law

THANK YOU FOR reading this. Sometimes I think if you didn't read this, no one would. But you do. I get mail from faraway places… Continue reading

PAT NEAL’S WILDLIFE: Counting marmots for fun and profit

YOU HEARD IT here first: I'm through writing this column once I get my new job as a marmot surveyor. I am uniquely qualified for… Continue reading

PAT NEAL’S WILDLIFE COLUMN: A cacophony of wilderness vexation

DAYLIGHT ON THE river comes mighty early these days. It is a peaceful time of day to watch the stars fade away as the sunrise… Continue reading

THE PAT NEAL COLUMN: What defines a good day’s fishing?

"CALL ME WHEN the fishing's good," my fancy friend said. I wish had a dollar for every time I heard that one. As a professional… Continue reading

PAT NEAL’S WILDLIFE: Spinning endangered species roulette

ALL I HAVE ever tried to do as a wilderness gossip columnist was to remove the dirty linen from the seamy underbelly of our local… Continue reading

PAT NEAL’S WILDLIFE: Fishers don’t know their boundaries

IT'S ALWAYS SAD to see a lost-animal poster. Many people, myself included, can become so attached to animals that we become desperate to find them… Continue reading

THE PAT NEAL COLUMN: The treasure of the sierra Olympics

I WAS RESEARCHING the history of the Dungeness River by driving old-timers around their old stomping grounds and listening to them argue over what happened… Continue reading