Scarface, a Yellowstone icon, is gone

Scarface, a Yellowstone icon, is gone

Scarface is dead.

No, not the character from the 1983 movie starring Al Pacino. This Scarface was the real deal — a 25-year-old Yellowstone National Park grizzly bear who received his nickname from the extensive scarring on the right side of his head.

Scarface the bear and Scarface the movie character do have one other thing in common besides their name, though: they both died of gunshot wounds.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks confirmed Monday that the male grizzly.....

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Fishing Report: Friday, April 29

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: The ocean should be windy and bumpy but fishable this weekend based on weather and wave forecasts. Look for winds up to 20 knots off the South Coast and swells up to six feet Friday, giving way to 15-knot winds and six-foot swells Saturday. Sunday looks best, with 15-knot winds and five-foot swells.
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Trails in the Ashland Watershed will reopen for hikers and bikers this weekend

Trails in the Ashland Watershed will reopen for hikers and bikers this weekend

ASHLAND — The intersection of the Catwalk and Toothpick trails is a good place to survey changes that will greet hikers and bikers this weekend in the outdoor playground known as the Ashland Watershed.

For years the watershed has sported a dense forest canopy and thick underbrush that curbed visibility so completely that mountain bikers bombing down Toothpick would surprise uphill hikers and vice versa.

"There is that element of surprise," says Chamise Kramer, a...

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Chetco 'bubble' season to be split in two

BROOKINGS — A popular recreation season targeting chinook salmon bound for the Chetco River will be halved and split over two October weekends.

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission last week reduced the targeted commercial and recreational catch of Chetco-bound chinook amid concerns of low salmon returns there this year.

The recreational season will be Oct. 1-3 and Oct. 8-9 and was passed at the urging of Commissioner Bob Webber so more anglers can fish the weekend...

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Get Out: Friday, April 29

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Crater Lake snowshoe hikes

This is the last weekend of the year to take a free, ranger-guided snowshoe walks at Crater Lake. The walks start at 1 p.m., last about two hours and cover a mile of moderately strenuous terrain through forests and meadows along Crater Lake's rim. No previous snowshoe experience is required, and snowshoes are provided...

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South Fork Smith River is a gem

South Fork Smith River is a gem

Big wildlands? Wild and Scenic rivers? Old-growth forests? Remote hiking trails? The Siskiyou Wilderness Area has you covered. In particular, the South Kelsey Trailhead on the South Fork Smith River provides year-round access to adventure and natural wonders.

Long prized for its wild steelhead and considered one of the clearest rivers in California, the South Fork Smith River is largely undiscovered as a hiking destination — particularly upstream of the rustic Buck Creek Shelter....

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Steller's jays are good liars

Steller's jays are good liars

Nature has liars? No, lying is not a uniquely human trait.

Male fireflies of one species mimic the flashing pattern of the female of another species to lure in the male of the second species ... and eat them.

A harmless gopher snake will shake its tail in dried leaves or gravel when threatened, sounding exactly like a rattlesnake.

This discovery on my part was accompanied by a wildly accelerated heart rate. If you spend time in the forests in the region, you have probably...

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Saturday bash celebrates 30 years of Table Rocks hikes

Saturday bash celebrates 30 years of Table Rocks hikes

Two generations of Rogue Valley school kids have had the chance to get an up-close introduction to the Rogue Valley's signature mesas through guided hikes on field trips to the Table Rocks.

The Bureau of Land Management and The Nature Conservancy will celebrate their 30-year partnership in leading these hikes by holding a public birthday party for themselves and the community Saturday at Lower Table Rock.

Since this partnership was formed in 1986, 71,689 students have joined....

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Medford may look for ways to curb nuisance wild turkeys

Medford may look for ways to curb nuisance wild turkeys

At first a single wild turkey showing up in an east Medford yard could be seen as a cute addition to urban life, then someone breaks out the bread crumbs and now you have an entire neighborhood grousing over gobblers.

That lone turkey invites 24 of his family and friends that start digging up flowerbeds, laying landmines on sidewalks and tearing up shingles with their sharp talons as they roost on roofs to the delight of a few but the chagrin of the majority.

"It's just like, 'If....

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Crater Lake visitors spent $52.2 million last year

Crater Lake visitors spent $52.2 million last year

A longer-than-usual visitor season and stepped-up tourism campaigns helped Crater Lake National Park generate $52.2 million in visitor spending last year, up 16 percent, according to the National Park Service.

The park lured about 614,000 visitors, who spent money on everything from meals and hotels to gas and souvenirs during their visits, up from about 535,000 visitors who spent $44.8 million in the same fashion in 2014, according to a park service economic report.

The boost in....

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