Category Archives: Dept. of Fish & Wildlife

Oregon wolf plan update may be ready for review in December

The ODFW Commission meeting marked the last appearance by longtime wolf plan coordinator Russ Morgan, who is retiring. State wildlife officials made more than 50 changes so far to a draft wolf management plan and hope to have it ready for public and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission review by the end of […]
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Don’t feed the deer if you don’t want cougars around | Editorials | 

Cougars aren’t new to the Klamath Basin even though the secretive predators are seldom seen. They don’t have to be seen for people to be aware of them, though. One in the Lynnewood subdivision area — lots of people and homes there — has been sighted and believed to have killed a couple of fawns. […]
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Company submits mine plan

Paramount Gold Nevada Corp. has filed its mining plan of operation for its Grassy Mountain site with the Bureau of Land Management, which has launched its environmental review of the proposed mine. That review will begin with the development of the environmental impact statement by HDR Inc., a consulting firm., according to a news release […]
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More than 1 million fish evacuated due to debris from Columbia gorge fire

Over 1 million fish will be removed from the Cascade Hatchery due to the threat of debris from the Eagle Creek fire, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said Friday. More than 1 million fish will be removed from the Cascade Hatchery due to the threat of debris from the Eagle Creek fire, the […]
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Fish Are Being Trucked From The Columbia Gorge Because Of Mudslide Risks | Northwest Public Radio

Oregon officials are moving more than 1 million salmon from a hatchery that’s threatened by the Eagle Creek Fire. It’s a precautionary measure to protect the juvenile salmon. Rain forecast for the next week could cause mudslides and debris to clog the hatchery’s water-intake system. That would prevent water from flowing, and could kill the […]
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Hatchery workers seek better Rogue salmon returns

Dave Pease always gets a bit nervous when he sends a few hundred thousand of his charges to freedom in a not-so-ceremonious way. Two Cole Rivers Hatchery technicians force the spring chinook salmon smolts out of the concrete pen that has been their nursery for the past six months. They are swept down a dark, […]
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It’s time to stop killing Oregon’s wolves (Guest opinion)

The peaks and canyons of Northeast Oregon’s Wallowa County draw more and more visitors each year, bringing millions in tourist dollars. In recent years, there has been a new draw for people flocking to the scenic region: the chance to see gray wolves that call the remote area home. Source: It’s time to stop killing […]
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Oregon hunting season starts ablaze, bringing some restrictions

Oregon hunting season starts ablaze, bringing some restrictions. With several large fires burning in the state, many wonder if their normal hunting areas are open to access. According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s recent Big Game Hunting Forecast, most forests will have restrictions on activities, and motorized use and some private lands […]
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Bottomfish angling closes for the year Sunday

A hot year for recreational bottomfishing will come to an abrupt halt Sunday night when the season closes because the annual black rockfish quota will have been met for the first time since 2004. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the closure Tuesday for any species of rockfish, lingcod, cabezon and greenling. The […]
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Fires should have little effect on upcoming hunting seasons

As wildfires continue to burn across Oregon, some hunters have expressed concern about the potential effects on upcoming hunting seasons this fall. Greg Jackal, a wildlife biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in Prineville, said while certain areas of the state might be closed to access, buck deer and bull elk seasons […]
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