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Most of the North Umpqua River and its tributaries are closed to fishing through the end of November. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says the closure is due to the low number of summer steelhead returning to the river.

"Initial counts of summer steelhead passing Winchester Dam are historically low at about 20 percent of average," the agency said in a press release.

The ban on fishing applies from the mouth of the river to the Soda Springs Dam east of Roseburg.

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Forest officials are urging outdoor recreationists to abide by all fire restrictions, or they may find lots of their favorite areas in Oregon off-limits.

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Memorial Day marks the start of deer and elk birthing season. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife wants to remind people to leave the young animals alone. 

  

  

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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife wants public input on land acquisitions in the Fern Ridge area west of Eugene. The parcels would be accessible to the public and be part of the Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program.

  

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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is still trying to figure out how to restore production at the Rock Creek Hatchery, which was destroyed by a wildfire last September.

  

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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said they are seeing an increase in reports of sick birds on yards and at feeders. The ODFW recommends people disinfect bird feeders more often.

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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says several of its fish hatcheries were damaged by wildfires this month.

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Recalling Australia’s wildlife losses from fires in early 2020, Oregonians have wondered how our wild animals are doing. Michelle Dennehy is with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. They haven’t been able to assess places still under Level 3 evacuation, but she said, “Usually, it’s going to be healthy animals that are more likely to escape. The sick and the old or young wildlife are more at risk. And these fires move very fast, so it’s very possible that we lost healthy wildlife too.”

 

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Oregon hunters are once again being asked to turn in the wings and tails of any grouse or quail they kill this fall.

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With the warmer weather, encounters with wildlife often increase. Among the most alarming are cougar sightings near neighborhoods and other populated areas. 

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A state wildlife official says bear sightings are seeing a definite uptick lately, all across Oregon.

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A man in Creswell was injured in an encounter with a male black bear Sunday. The incident happened on private industrial timberland west of the town in a semi-rural area.

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A man in Creswell was injured in an encounter with a male black bear Sunday. The incident happened on private industrial timberland west of the town in a semi-rural area.

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Oregon is banning all out of state residents from recreational hunting and fishing. It’s yet another fallout from the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

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A predatory animal advocacy group is denouncing the death of a bobcat found inside Eugene’s Oakhill School last week.

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The leader of a Eugene-based advocacy group is urging changes to the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife’s policies toward predator animals after a bobcat was killed this week.

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Oregon wildlife officials are reminding hunters to get rid of all scented lures that contain deer or elk urine by 2020.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull explains, it’s a new state law aimed at keeping Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) out of Oregon.

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Recent footage of a mother black bear and her cub captured on a webcam near Lane Community College in South Eugene has spurred both wonder and caution. 

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If you’re a landowner troubled by turkeys in the Eugene-Springfield or Corvallis area, state wildlife officials want to hear from you. 

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Construction is wrapping up on a special fish ladder at Eel Creek north of Coos Bay.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull explains, it’s to help the regional lamprey population rebound.

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Lamprey populations across the Pacific Northwest have fallen in the past half century. An Oregon State University estimate says they are at 5 to 10 percent of their numbers half a century ago. Conservation officials and Native American tribes say this is troubling because of lampreys’ importance to the ecosystem. Now an effort is underway to monitor the numbers of these eel-like fish in southern coastal Oregon, to help researchers learn about their migration patterns and challenges.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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Conservation groups have gotten the go-ahead to challenge wolf de-listing in Oregon.  a state court of appeals judge says the lawsuit can go forward despite recent legislation.

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Bow hunting season opened in Oregon over the weekend. Local land managers are welcoming visitors to the forests, but they have several cautions.

Recent rains and cooler temperatures have brought a taste of fall.

But Jude McHugh of the Willamette National Forest says the moisture hasn’t penetrated the tree canopy, and fire danger remains high:

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It can be tough for salmon and steelhead returning to spawn in Northwest rivers and streams. High water temperatures, parasites, and predators all pose natural threats.

But the fish also encounter man-made obstacles – like dams - that make getting to the best spawning habitat difficult.

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Oregon is reviewing how it protects wildlife and habitat. This means reviewing numerous planning documents and asking the public's input.

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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has been studying kit foxes since 2012. Recently, they captured rare video of two adults and their five playful pups.

Kit foxes are a diminutive desert animal, just four to six pounds. They’re listed as a sensitive species in Oregon, with a small or declining population. Meghan Dugan with ODFW says Malheur and Harney Counties are as far north as the species has been found:

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The U.S. is increasing its efforts to combat global wildlife trafficking. But resources have diminished for catching poachers stateside.

For our series on wildlife crimes, EarthFix reporter Tony Schick takes us to Central Oregon, where Fish and Wildlife troopers are struggling to protect a mule deer population that’s in decline
 

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Oregon Fish and Wildlife Trooper Darin Bean is searching a home in the backwoods of La Pine, Oregon.

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What Does Species Recovery Look Like For Wolves?

May 5, 2015
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Desmond: Since wolves first started returning to Washington and Oregon in the late 1990s, the population has been increasing steadily – especially over the past few years.

Now wildlife officials are taking a look at the species’ protected status. In late April, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission initiated the process of removing wolves from the state’s endangered species list.

All this brings up questions of whether the wolf has actually recovered enough to dial back protections.

With me now with some answers is EarthFix Correspondent Jes Burns.

State Audit Shows Problems With The ODFW's Business Model

Apr 20, 2015
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A decline in revenue at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is putting the agency's financial health at risk. A recent audit from the Secretary of State is raising questions about the Department's business model.

Since the 1970's, fewer people have been buying hunting and fishing licenses, which analysts say is a reflection of a nationwide trend. The licenses are the largest part of the ODFW's annual operating budget; it generated more than a billion dollars in 2013. Gary Blackmer is the Director of the Secretary of State's Audit Division.

500 Mule Deer To Be Collared In Blue Mountains

Mar 2, 2015
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Sunday the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife begun the process of collaring about 500 mule deer in the Southern Blue Mountain Range near Prineville.

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