wildlife

Cancelling The "Siskiyou Plus" Bear Hunt

Oct 21, 2014
Public Domain

A proposal to expand bear hunting in the spring in southwestern Oregon recently died after quite a bit of controversy. 

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife ultimately decided there was too much risk to orphan young bears during nursing season. 

Animal rights groups worked hard for the decision. 

Concern About A Deer Disease

Sep 11, 2014
Charlotte Duren / JPR

The dreaded Ebola virus is a hemorrhagic disease… it can cause copious bleeding in the body. 

Deer can contract their own hemorrhagic disease, and it appears to be showing up in Southern Oregon. 

Deer have been dropping in the woods of late, indicating that adenovirus is spreading from urban deer to deer that hang out in the country. 

Deer (Over)Crossing

Aug 26, 2014
Steve Hillebrand / USDFW

Highway workers post signs warning of deer along rural roads. 

But do people really slow down when they see the signs? 

The large numbers of deer hit by cars and trucks suggest the answer is no. 

So the Oregon Department of Transportation--ODOT--wants to give deer a safe place to cross one highway where the carnage is especially acute. 

A Grizzly Bear Near You... Maybe

Jul 25, 2014
National Park Service/Public Domain

The grizzly bear roams just a small fraction of its historic range here in the Lower 48 states. 

But talk of expanding that fraction could draw some sharp reactions.  Already has, in fact. 

The Center for Biological Diversity recently proposed expanding the grizzly's range to areas including parts of California (the Sierra) and Oregon (somewhere in the Klamath-Siskiyou region). 

And people who like the idea of a healthy grizzly population were forced to confront their feelings about having that population nearby. 

Changing The Anti-Mosquito Formula

May 13, 2014
Centers for Disease Control

A problem spot for mosquitoes on the Oregon coast will get limited spraying this year, AND some re-engineering to remove places where stagnant water can collect.

The mosquito issue on the Oregon coast flared again recently, even before the mosquitoes are out in force. 

Last summer's mosquitoes at the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge harassed residents and tourists alike. 

The Institute for Wildlife Studies

The return of the Bald Eagle may be one of the greatest success stories in wildlife management.

And it took a lot of work by a lot of people to bring the eagle back from the edge of extinction. 

U.S. Fish & Wildlife

Long before wild animals begin heading for the endangered species list, steps will be taken to help ensure their survival. 

That is the hope, anyway… expressed in California through the State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP).

Animals Around Us: "The Urban Bestiary"

Sep 17, 2013
Hachette Book Group

People who live on the edges of cities and in the suburbs are constantly surprised by the activities of the wild animals who live nearby.  And they (the people) are constantly reminded that it is we, the humans, who built houses in the habitats of the wild creatures. 

No Refuge For Ducks In Klamath Basin

Sep 6, 2013
fohn.net

The drought in the Klamath Basin this summer only worsened the situation of too many entities seeking use of the same water.  Somebody loses, and this year, the losers include ducks in the federal wildlife refuges in the area.  You'll hear the scope of the problem from the Fish and Wildlife Service.