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Younger anglers now need own license

Anglers as young as 12 years old now need a youth license to fish for trout and warmwater bass in Oregon, but they'll be getting a good deal through their minor years with it.

The Oregon Legislature's new fee structure for hunting, fishing and shellfish licenses includes a provision that kids between the ages of 12 and 17 need a license if they plan to hunt, fish or gather shellfish.

That's two years earlier than past requirements, but the new fee structure grants kids more opportunities now at less cost, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The agency now offers a combination youth hunting/fishing/shellfishing license for just $10, and kids can buy a $5 tag allowing them to catch salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and halibut.

That $15 combination youth license and tag would have cost $41.75 last year. Also last year, just the youth fishing license and salmon/steelhead/sturgeon/halibut tag cost $35.50.

So far, troopers in the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division have yet to see young anglers not complying with the law, OSP Sgt. Jim Collom says.

"We haven't run into any of it, yet," Collom says. "I imagine we'll start seeing some of it around spring break when parents start taking their kids fishing."

Lyme disease workshop in Selma

Hikers, amateur naturalists and other outdoors enthusiasts have a chance to immerse themselves in learning about Lyme disease, the ticks that carry the bug, and how to prevent it during a Wednesday workshop and field trip put on by the Siskiyou Field Institute.

The instructor is Jim Clover, and the class will be held at SFI's Deer Creek Center in Selma. It costs $75 to attend.

Often misdiagnosed, Lyme disease generally leads to skin rashes and flu-like symptoms initially, and can cause joint pain and swelling, neurological problems and fatigue later. Other organs also can be impacted.

The disease was discovered in Connecticut about 40 years ago and remains heavily concentrated in the Northeast and pockets of Northern California and Southern Oregon. Officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believe it's significantly underreported, even though it is considered among the most common infectious diseases in the United States.

The Borrellia burgdorferi bacterium that causes Lyme disease is among the many bacteria and viruses transmitted through the bites of deer ticks.

Not everyone infected gets the telltale bulls-eye rash, or any rash, which helps doctors diagnose the disease. That can mean Lyme goes unrecognized and untreated for months, particularly if no one sees a tick.

Some of the topics addressed in the upcoming workshop will include identification, habitats and hosts, diseases (with an emphasis on Lyme disease), and tick removal and safety.

The class will alternate between field locations and collection of species and identification in the lab.

For more information and to register for workshop, see www.thesfi.org/Page.asp?NavID=850.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or mfreeman@mailtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MTwriterFreeman.