Tag Archives: Fish and Wildlife

Oregon Legislature names osprey; keeps meadowlark

Whereas the 2017 Oregon Legislature was in the throes of sine die July 7 with very little in the way of gut-and-stuff surprises, and amid self-congratulatory back-patting over passing a balanced budget, but obligatory hand-wringing over the failure of corporate tax increases… Source: Oregon Legislature names osprey; keeps meadowlark | OregonLive.com

A Disappointing Legislative Session For Oregon Environmentalists

Paige Spence spread a few sheets of paper across her desk at the Oregon Conservation Network, listing out her organization’s goals for the recently adjourned 2017 legislature. She made a mark for everything that passed, and drew an “X” by everything that didn’t. The first page has losses, but also a few wins. The next […]
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Northwest salmon are the stuff of legends. Despite millions, the species struggles to survive. Can we save them — and at what price?

The salmon of the Northwest are the stuff of legends.Pioneers talked of rivers so thick that they were tempted to cross on the backs of the fish. When Meriwether Lewis led his band of explorers through the Northwest in 1805, he marveled in his journal of “almost inconceivable” numbers of salmon. Source: Northwest salmon are […]
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Killing deer with kindness

Killing me softly… A while back, I wrote a piece about the dangerous consequences to you and me by feeding deer and therefore inviting cougar into our backyards. I pleaded with people who insist on feeding deer to please stop before they attract cougar, which in turn will assuredly result in mayhem on humans—and the […]
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Hatchery contracts hit ‘overtime’

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended by three months its agreement for the state to continue running Cole Rivers Hatchery on the Rogue River and five other Oregon hatcheries as the sides hash out new operating contracts to raise and release millions of salmon, steelhead and trout. Source: Hatchery contracts hit ‘overtime’

New Federal Effort Tries To ‘Save Our Dams’ Along Snake River

A new bill in Congress would make sure Washington’s four lower Snake River dams stay standing. It’s push back against a recent court order to find “a new approach” to protect threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead. Source: New Federal Effort Tries To ‘Save Our Dams’ Along Snake River | Northwest Public Radio

Harsh winter took heavy toll on wildlife in Oregon, western U.S.

Wildlife suffered higher than normal losses this winter in severe weather across the western United States, where the toll included the deaths of all known fawns in one Wyoming deer herd and dozens of endangered bighorn sheep in California. Wildlife managers in Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Oregon and Washington also reported higher losses of animals in […]
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You can finally, legally harvest your roadkill in Oregon

It used to be against Oregon law to harvest the meat of certain critters killed by the state’s drivers. Gov. Kate Brown changed that with the stroke of a pen last week, approving a law passed without a single “no” vote in the state legislature. Source: You can finally, legally harvest your roadkill in Oregon […]
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Oregonians Can Now Legally Harvest And Eat Roadkill

Some folks in Oregon might not want to ask, when served an elk burger or a venison steak, where the meat came from. Under a roadkill bill passed overwhelmingly by the Legislature and signed by the governor, motorists who crash into the animals can now harvest the meat to eat. Source: Oregonians Can Now Legally […]
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Money for wildlife trapping reinstated in state budget committee

Oregon’s legislative budget writers support spending nearly $1 million over the next two years to pay the state’s share of a program that helps fund wildlife trappers in dozens of counties across the state. Source: Money for wildlife trapping reinstated in state budget committee | OregonLive.com