Name that wolf

Name that wolf

While they view predators from widely different viewpoints, Steve Gilbertson, a hiker, Ross Hurd, a rancher, and Bob Jensen, a hunter, are among Washington's most distinguished wolf watchers.

Each had a role in documenting new wolf packs, earning the honor to dub the packs with their official names.

Outdoor lifestyles put the men in touch with the elusive wild canines. Sharing the information with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is helping biologists manage a...

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OR-7's pups are true wolves

The mate and offspring of resident wolf OR-7 are true wolves.

Genetic tests on scat collected this summer revealed that OR-7's mate is a wolf related to other wolves in northeast Oregon, says Michelle Dennehy, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Wolf Program spokeswoman. Scat was collected from two of their three known pups, proving the pups are their offspring and full-blooded wolves.

The findings, which were as expected, were reported Thursday by the University of....

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Deadly deer virus may be spreading

The deadly adenovirus that has been decimating urban blacktails this summer in Southern Oregon has been discovered in forested areas, worrying biologists that it might be spreading to migratory herds.
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Photo contest deadline is today

Photo contest deadline is today

The entry deadline for the Oregon Outdoors Photo Contest is 5 p.m. today. As of Thursday, 223 photos had been entered.
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Oregon Outdoors Photo Contest

Today we're launching Oregon Outdoors' second annual Outdoor Photo Contest.
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A Thirst for Water: Salmon, steelhead struggle for life in Bear Creek

A Thirst for Water: Salmon, steelhead struggle for life in Bear Creek

Tiny juvenile chinook salmon and steelhead take turns jumping up a concrete lip spanning Bear Creek in an increasingly futile effort to get out of downtown Medford before it's too late.
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OR-7 has a growing family

OR-7 has a growing family

Deep in the bowels of eastern Jackson County, John Stephenson quietly pushed his way through dense timber into a small clearing where he spied a blacktailed deer leg and he knew this must be the place.
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Glacier fox

Glacier fox

BEARTOOTH LAKE — The last ice ages don't seem so distant on this February morning.
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Yurok Tribe hopes California condors can be reintroduced in Klamath River Basin

A Native American tribe wanting to reintroduce California condors in the Klamath River Basin says five years of studies show promise that North American's largest bird will once again soar over Northern California and Southern Oregon.
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Your home can be a key habitat for birds

Your home can be a key habitat for birds

Winter offers a peaceful opportunity for bird watchers to take stock of their yards.
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New wolf pack discovered in Eastern Oregon

Wolves have been discovered in the southern portion of the Catherine Creek Unit in Union and Baker counties, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildife.
Field surveys combined with information from area landowners indicate that five wolves have shown repeated use of the area since they were initially discovered in December 2013.
Little is known about the pack, including the size of its range, ODOT said.
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Pronghorn herd relocated to Malheur County

Pronghorn herd relocated to Malheur County

The remnants of a pronghorn herd used as a nursery for bolstering antelope populations in Oregon and Nevada are now transplants themselves, ending a 44-year-long stay at the Umatilla Chemical Depot in Hermiston.
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OR-7 briefly visits Calif., then returns to Oregon

Oregon's wandering wolf, OR-7, took a day trip into Northern California over the weekend, but came right back to the Southern Oregon Cascades territory he has favored of late.
Karen Kovacs of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife says OR-7's GPS tracking collar showed he made a trip into northern Siskiyou County on Saturday, but went right back to Oregon.
Kovacs says it appears OR-7 is following migrating deer and elk.
This spring, OR-7 will be 4 years old.
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Western states want to delay wolverine listing

Western states want to delay wolverine listing

State wildlife officials from the West are urging federal officials to delay a decision on listing wolverines as threatened, contending the science behind the proposal — based chiefly on climate change — is “faulty.”
The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies crafted their request for a 90-day extension of the public comment period, slated to end Dec. 2, during a meeting earlier this month in Salt Lake City.
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