Feds may restore grizzlies to northern Cascades

A tentative federal proposal to restore grizzly bears in the North Cascades will be explained at public meetings in Washington state next month.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service are taking public comments for an environmental impact statement before deciding whether to take an active role in restoring the grizzly bear to the North Cascades ecosystem.

The first meeting is 5-7:30 p.m. March 3 at the Red Barn in Winthrop. Other meetings will follow in...

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Stalking the elusive fisher

Stalking the elusive fisher

A combination of low- and high-tech equipment is helping wildlife managers locate an elusive species scarcely seen since the 1960s in the forests west of Klamath Falls.

The high-tech equipment includes a trail camera with day and night photo capabilities. The low-tech resembles a tubular back scratcher with a treat inside.

Steve Hayner, a wildlife biologist for the Bureau of Land Management, said the contraption — a 6-inch-diameter pipe adorned with small brushes and a...

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Bear cub headed to rehabbers in Idaho

A small black bear cub captured Jan. 6 after she fell out of a tree near Phoenix will get a second chance at life on the wild side.

The 13-pound bruin will be trucked Wednesday to a nonprofit bear rehabilitation facility near McCall, Idaho, where she will live out the winter in preparation for release next spring in a remote area of Jackson County, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The bear's time at the Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary will be free from human...

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The new reality

The new reality

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — For six months every two years, Kirsty Peake and her husband move from the United Kingdom to Montana for one reason: to spend the winter watching wolves.

“We never come in the summer; there are too many people,” she said while standing next to her spotting scope near Tower Junction on a relatively warm morning — about 28 degrees.

Peake said after seeing the wolves for the first time in 1999, she and her husband were so...

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Bear cub awaits home in a zoo

State veterinarians are looking across the continent for an accredited zoo that will take in the likely orphaned black bear cub captured Jan. 6 outside Phoenix after it fell out of a tree.
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Captured bear cub awaits her fate

State veterinarians could know as early as today whether a small and likely orphaned black bear cub captured Tuesday after it fell out of a Phoenix-area tree is a candidate for rehabilitation and eventual release.

Blood and urine samples collected late Wednesday and sent to the Oregon State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Corvallis for a full biochemical workup will tell veterinarians whether they should pursue placing it in a rehab facility or euthanize it, according to....

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Moth Munch

Moth Munch

More grizzly bears are congregating each summer on steep rocky slopes in search of army cutworm moths in the southeastern portion of the more than 9,210-square-mile Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

“We’ve seen an increase in the use of these moth sites in the last three years,” said Frank van Manen, of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team in Bozeman, at a recent meeting. “Certainly it’s a very intriguing food resource that we want to keep track...

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Wolves in Yellowstone pick prey based on pack size

The saying “safety in numbers” is typically a phrase associated with animals considered prey.

The idea being: More eyes and ears in a group help alert wildlife to approaching predators. And the more animals in a group, the less likely a specific individual will fall during the hunt.

As it turns out, the saying means something very different when it comes to predators and might be changed to “success in numbers,” particularly when applied to the wolves.....

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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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OR-7 could be recollared next month

OR-7 could be recollared next month

Biologists plan to recapture and recollar wolf OR-7, and possibly some of his pups, next month as Oregon's most famous predators work their way toward pack status.
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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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ODOT working on wildlife overpass design

ODOT working on wildlife overpass design

In an effort to cut down on vehicle-versus-deer collisions in northern Klamath County, state officials are working on designing and installing a wildlife overpass south of Crescent.

The Oregon Department of Transportation is designing the overpass to cover a section of Highway 97, according to spokesperson Peter Murphy.

The need for an overpass was identified after ODOT and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife realized the area south of Crescent seems to be a major...

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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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