Category Archives: Dept. of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW)

Possible cougar sighting prompts Mount Hood sledding area closure: report

The site was later reopened, according to the report. A photographer spotted what she believed was a cougar Wednesday while hiking on Mount Hood, prompting a closure of a popular sledding area, according to a report. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife couldn’t say the animal was actually a cougar, according to KGW (8). […]
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Behind-the-scenes of the broken Wolf Plan process | Opinion

When the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission meets in March, the group will consider proposed revisions to our state’s Wolf Conservation and Management Plan. But the proposal before the commission is the outcome of a biased, superficial and unscientific stakeholder process. Last week, conservation organizations withdrew from that flawed undertaking. Source: Opinion: Behind-the-scenes of the […]
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Shutdown Stunting Oregon Bid to Keep Salmon Alive

Oregon’s effort to prevent California sea lions from feasting on the dwindling winter steelhead at Willamette Falls will not proceed as planned because of the federal government shutdown. Source: Shutdown Stunting Oregon Bid to Keep Salmon Alive

New fishing license app needs a reboot

Oregon’s new web-based phone app for hunting and fishing licenses and tags had a tough first week, but state wildlife officials hope it doesn’t scare anglers and hunters away from using the new app. App-based salmon-steelhead harvest cards wouldn’t work offline, and missing or misdated big-game tags marred the app’s launch. Source: New fishing license […]
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Spring chinook loss tops 1 million

Cole Rivers Hatchery workers are pulling out all the stops to coddle the remaining Rogue River spring chinook salmon fry that have survived an algae outbreak that so far has killed more than 1 million infant chinook. Hatchery workers this week finished disinfecting the hatch house’s entire water system and abandoned portions of the hatch […]
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Oregon’s wolf management plan moves forward despite opposition

After years of contentious meetings, the hiring of an outside facilitator to find common ground among stakeholders and a last minute withdrawal by conservation groups, Oregon’s revised wolf management plan will finally get a vote, nearly five years after it was due. Source: Oregon’s wolf management plan moves forward despite opposition |

Environmental groups blast ODFW over wolf plan; After stepping away from talks, conservation groups vow to continue the fight

When the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife brought in a third-party facilitator over the summer to lead meetings on Oregon’s new gray wolf management plan, wildlife advocates looked at it as an opportunity to start fresh on the much debated issue. Source: Environmental groups blast ODFW over wolf plan; After stepping away from talks, […]
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Oregon Starts Killing Sea Lions At Willamette Falls

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has started killing sea lions below Willamette Falls to protect a fragile run of winter steelhead. The state got a federal permit in November to kill up to 93 California sea lions per year below the falls. So far, officials have killed three sea lions using the same […]
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Thoughts from Your Trooper: 2019 brings change to some ODFW rules

The New Year is here and with that comes change, especially for those of us involved in the area of outdoor recreation. 2019 brings significant changes that will take some getting used. Along with our partners with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, we’re here to help you navigate through the changes which are […]
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Environmental groups withdraw from wolf discussions

Oregon wolf management plan was due for update in 2015. Four environmental groups have pulled out of ongoing discussions about updates to the state’s wolf management plan ahead of an upcoming meeting. In a joint letter addressed to Gov. Kate Brown, representatives from Cascadia Wildlands, Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife and Oregon Wild […]
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