Category Archives: Fish and Wildlife Commission

State rejects endangered species protection for Humboldt marten

Oregon officials denied a petition, submitted by environmental advocates this summer, to grant protection to the Humboldt marten under the state’s Endangered Species Act. The tiny mammals, small carnivores in the weasel family of which there are thought to be fewer than 200 in the state, once roamed the coastal mountains from the Columbia River […]
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Petition seeks wild steelhead ban

Sport-anglers are at odds on whether to keep or ban one of the last bastions of winter steelhead fishing in Southwest Oregon — the legal keeping of wild winter steelhead on some of the healthiest steelhead rivers in the Pacific Northwest. A group of fishing guides and others has asked the Oregon Fish and Wildlife […]
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Oregon closes steelhead sanctuary off mouth of Deschutes to all fishing

Oregon has closed all fishing in the mouth of the Deschutes River and in a safety zone of the Columbia River around the Deschutes entry. The closure, enacted at the request of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, begins Thursday and is likely to remain in effect through late September. Source: Oregon closes steelhead sanctuary off […]
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Marten trapping petition accepted

State wildlife managers will spend the next year working up new proposed rules for protecting the rare Humboldt marten from trapping in Western Oregon while they study whether to pursue threatened or endangered status for the animals on the state level. On a 3-2 vote, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission bucked its own staff’s […]
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Petition seeks trap ban on rare Humbolt marten

Wildlife advocates want trapping for the Humboldt marten banned west of Interstate 5, saying the small, rare woodland animal is on the cusp of getting trapped to extinction for its fur. But state wildlife managers say changing the regulations is moot because no licensed trapper in Western Oregon has caught a marten in its southwest […]
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Conservation groups sue to help protect tiny seabird

Conservation groups sued the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission on Thursday for failing to strengthen protections for the marbled murrelet, tiny seabirds that venture inland to raise their young and depend on old-growth forests for nesting. Source: Conservation groups sue to help protect tiny seabird;

Worst could be over for razor clams in Oregon and Washington state

States keep close eye on a popular draw. It’s a mix of good news and bad news for razor clam populations in Oregon and Washington state this summer. Fishery managers say after several years of strange ocean conditions and harmful algae blooms, there’s a feeling that the worst is behind them for now. But Oregon […]
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Even camera-free drones illegal when fishing 

Q: I have a question about the use of drones in Oregon while fishing. I read your article about how drone cameras are not allowed while hunting or fishing, but I was wondering if it would be legal to take the camera off the drone and use the drone instead to drop a fishing line…… […]
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ODFW Commission reverses decision to ‘uplist’ marbled murrelet

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted Thursday not to ‘uplist’ the marbled murrelet as an endangered species, reversing an earlier decision. In a surprising reversal of position, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 4-2 Thursday not to reclassify the threatened marbled murrelet as an endangered species. Source: Pamplin Media Group – ODFW Commission […]
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State panel won’t list marbled murrelet as endangered

On a 4-2 vote, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission declined to uplist the marbled murrelet from threatened to endangered during its meeting in Baker City Thursday. Source: State panel won’t list marbled murrelet as endangered