OR-7 has more pups, looking 'lean'

OR-7 has more pups, looking 'lean'

Famed Jackson County wolf OR-7 and his mate have added two new pups to their Rogue Pack in eastern Jackson County, but the wolf whose epic 2012 journey to find a mate drew international interest may be getting a bit long in the tooth, authorities say.

Trail cameras earlier this month captured images of two new pups that have boosted the Rogue Pack's total to as high as nine wolves, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The photo shows the two young pups ambling along...

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OR-7 has more pups, looking 'lean'

OR-7 has more pups, looking 'lean'

Famed Jackson County wolf OR-7 and his mate have added two new pups to their Rogue Pack in eastern Jackson County, but the wolf whose epic 2012 journey to find a mate drew international interest may be getting a bit long in the tooth, authorities say.

Trail cameras earlier this month captured images of two new pups that have boosted the Rogue Pack's total to as high as nine wolves, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The photo shows the two young pups ambling along...

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All about dragonflies and damselflies

All about dragonflies and damselflies

SELMA — Like Zorro making his mark, Jim Johnson whipped his long-handled white butterfly net through the air, seemingly at nothing.

"I think I got it," he said, reaching his hand into the net, and coming out with something small and delicate between his fingers. "Yep, it's an eight-spotted skimmer. See the black markings on the wings?"

The eight-spotted skimmer is a type of dragonfly and Johnson is something of a dragonfly expert. He's been studying them — and their....

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Puffins on the Haystack

Puffins on the Haystack

The birds I am seeing way up on Haystack Rock, at Cannon Beach, might be puffins. I’m not sure. It’s 6 o’clock on a gray, wet morning, and there’s no one around with whom I can talk birding.

The tide is bringing in a curtain of mist, blurring my binoculars. Even on a clear day, though, I would probably be doubting myself. My eyes aren’t what they used to be, certainly not as keen as they were 30 years ago, when I started taking bird-watching...

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Golden eagles appear strong in Yellowstone

Golden eagles appear strong in Yellowstone

Mention Yellowstone National Park, and golden eagles are not a species likely to spring to mind like bison, elk, wolves or bears.

Doug Smith is hoping to change that perception.

“Yellowstone is a large-mammal park, so there’s not the money invested into bird (research),” said Smith, Yellowstone’s senior wildlife biologist. “We’re trying to build birds up to the level they deserve.”

For five years, Smith led the Yellowstone...

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Groups plan to sue over Pacific fisher

Groups plan to sue over Pacific fisher

Conservation groups plan to sue the federal government for backtracking on more than a decade's worth of studies when it failed this spring to list the Pacific fisher as a threatened species, saying isolated populations, including those in southwest Oregon, warrant protection.

The groups Monday filed an intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for its April 16 decision against listing fishers under the federal Endangered Species Act, a decision the service said it made because.....

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Some Oregon trophy mounts now legal to sell

Oregon hunters will get a chance to cash in on their big-game mounts under a new rule allowing the one-time sale of hunting trophies.

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission opted late Thursday to allow hunters 65 or older to sell their deer, elk or other mounts, as well as antlers still attached to the skull, of animals they have killed in Oregon.

In the past, only mounts unclaimed from taxidermists and those offered in estate sales could legally be sold.

Mounts of animals....

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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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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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Oregon steps up bat search amid new disease scare

Oregon steps up bat search amid new disease scare

State wildlife officials are ramping up the monitoring of bats this spring after a deadly fungal strain surfaced last week in Washington.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists have more questions than answers on whether Oregon bats are at increasing risk from white-nose syndrome, commonly called WNS, which has killed 6 million bats in North America since it was discovered a decade ago.

They have enlisted county public health officers, wildlife rehabilitators and the...

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Sage grouse mating show a must-see

Sage grouse mating show a must-see

IDAHO FALLS — Before you see them, you hear them.

The male sage grouse makes a chorus of burps, or perhaps champagne bottles popping — though somehow less crude than either of those things.

As the sun creeps up over the foothills, the pointed, bulbous forms of the birds appear, rising above the woody desert plants for which they are named.

One stands up, then another. Soon the lek, or breeding ground, fills in with about 40 sage grouse. Most are males. All...

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The hierarchy of the animal world

The hierarchy of the animal world

The large pile of feathers at my feet once belonged to a long-eared owl; the size, barring and tawny color were unmistakable even if I hadn’t seen two other long-eared owls in the same area. It seemed strange though that this nocturnal predator could be killed and eaten by something.

Then I remembered the barn owls at Deer Parks Wildlife Mitigation Unit. The manager had alerted me to their presence in January, but I was out of town. When I returned I gave him a call to check up.....

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Mating on the move

Mating on the move

SODA BUTTE, Yellowstone National Park — “The alpha female has averted her tail.”

“Looks like it’s not the right moment.”

“Nope, the alpha male isn’t showing much interest. He’s wandered off.”

Chronicling the sex lives of gray wolves in February combines a strange mix of clinical jargon, voyeurism and hypothermia along the side of Highway 212. Hours of toe-numbing patience watching the Lamar Canyon Pack...

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Oregon may limit how many native animals people can keep

Oregon may limit how many native animals people can keep

Oregonians would be limited in how many frogs, snakes and salamanders they could catch and take home, and releasing them back into the wild would be banned under proposed new rules aimed at curbing diseases.

People would be able to keep just two each of a group of common reptiles and mammals deemed plentiful in the wild, while teachers could get permission to keep up to five members of these species under "wildlife holding and propagating rules" now being considered by the Oregon...

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Technology helps illuminate Yellowstone bears

Technology helps illuminate Yellowstone bears

It takes a hike over high ridges and numerous toppled lodgepole pine trees to find the small pool of fresh water in Yellowstone National Park.

This is not some out-of-the-way hot springs that adventurous tourists seek out to soak in. Instead, the well-worn trails marked by tracks leading to the site attest to its use as a “bear bathtub.”

The first of these pools was discovered more than a decade ago by Yellowstone bear researchers as they searched for a tracking...

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Rare bird killed after attracting scores of birdwatchers

Rare bird killed after attracting scores of birdwatchers

A northern hawk owl, a species rarely seen in the Inland Northwest, was reported dead on tribal lands near the Okanogan River in Wahington last week after it had attracted scores of birdwatchers from as far away as Oregon.

The bird’s carcass, discovered by birders as it hanged by cord from a tree, was removed on Wednesday by Colville Tribe officers. The bird is being sent to a diagnostic lab to determine the cause.....
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Ringtail burglar targets Union Creek Resort

Ringtail burglar targets Union Creek Resort

Union Creek Resort is the target of a strangely brazen, daytime, serial thief that might already have been prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law if it wasn't so darn cute.

A rarely seen ringtail with a particular sweet tooth has been entering the resort store by day and night since late last week, helping itself regularly to some of the oddest of confections.

"Huckleberry Chapstick and huckleberry licorice," store clerk Jamie Geraty says. "Those seem to be its two...

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Grizzlies declare defeat in some food container tests

Grizzlies declare defeat in some food container tests

An unexpected problem has developed in the world of bear-resistant food storage testing: The grizzly bears responsible for tearing containers to shreds are getting bored or depressed.

"With some of these containers, the bears are no longer interested in testing," U.S. Forest Service national carnivore program leader Scott Jackson told the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee meeting in Missoula last Tuesday.

"For the metal cases that are bolted to the ground that they can't tip...

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Yellowstone bison unlike any others

Yellowstone bison unlike any others

With their massive heads, distinctive humped back and powerful builds, Yellowstone National Park’s bison may look similar, yet it is something much smaller that makes them unlike most other bison in North America.

At a molecular level, Yellowstone’s bison contain 75 percent of the genetic diversity of the entire species; they are the only publicly managed animals that are free of any cattle genes; and they can trace their heritage back hundreds of years to a time before...

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Decision to delist wolves 'outrageous,' says DeFazio

Decision to delist wolves 'outrageous,' says DeFazio

The decision by Oregon wildlife officials to remove gray wolves from the state’s Endangered Species Act list Monday is being called premature and outrageous by opponents.

After the state’s Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 4-2 to delist wolves — effectively stripping them of state protection — U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield, released a statement saying that the resurgent gray wolf population in Oregon needs to be protected.

“The...

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September 01, 2015

Time to talk turkey

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