Under the old plan, a wolf that attacked livestock twice or more over any period of time was deemed a “chronic depredator” and could be killed in the eastern third of the state, where wolves are managed by the state. The new plan will allow the state to kill wolves after two confirmed attacks during a nine-month period.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
In mid-May, as many as 10,000 cormorants counted on the Astoria Bridge – a major jump from the 3,400 the state counted last year.
Trump administration proposal to take the iconic symbol of the wild off the endangered species list has exposed divisions among states.
SALEM, Ore. — A record number of wolves are roaming the forests and fields of Oregon, 20 years after the species returned to the state. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reported Monday that the number of known wolves in Oregon at the end of 2018 was 137, a 10% increase over the previous year. There are likely even…
Officials have designated the area as a new area of known wolf activity. As of early 2018, there were at least 124 wolves in the state.
The device is the same as those commonly seen at used car lots and is powered by a generator that blows air into the balloon so it jumps and wiggles in the air.
The announcement came after months of negotiations to update rules on how and when wolves can be killed as their numbers increase and they spread farther west and south after re-entering northeastern Oregon from Idaho more than a decade ago.
Wolf advocates say the site-specific plans will prioritize and make the best use of non-lethal tools, while ranchers hope the proposal gives them a quicker and clearer path to dealing with problem wolves.
But state wildlife officials say that because the big cats have all been spotted at night and haven’t attacked anyone, it’s not a public safety concern.
Two wolf pups seen near the mountain for the first time since wolves were exterminated from the state nearly 70 years ago.
An anticipated new tally has found 124 wolves in Oregon, an 11 percent increase from last year’s results. Before about two decades ago, wolves had been wiped out in the state. Biologists also counted 13 wolf deaths last year, including four animals that were killed illegally. In addition, they found a 38 percent annual increase in breeding pairs. The annual…
GEARHART, Ore. — A new state pilot program intended to control the urban deer population could help cities like Gearhart cull the elk herds that roam the North Coast. Cities that declare deer a public nuisance can petition the state Department of Fish and Wildlife for help to reduce population levels starting next January. “It’s not specifically about elk,” Doug…
After revenues exceeded expectations, state fish and wildlife officials also are considering dropping a fee increase for Oregon fishing and hunting licenses that takes effect in 2021.
The mountain lion like this one was spotted in the eastern Los Angeles County community of Azusa, near the San Gabriel Mountains wilderness.SILVERTON, Ore. — Oregon wildlife officials say they were forced to trap and euthanize a cougar after several reported sightings of the animals in and around the town of Silverton. “The cougar was euthanized (last week) because it…
PORTLAND, Ore. — A trapper who shot a gray wolf after finding it caught in one of his traps has been sentenced to two years on probation and 100 hours of community service. Union County Judge Thomas Powers also suspended David Sanders’ hunting and trapping license for three years and fined him $7,500. Sanders, 58, pleaded guilty Feb. 26 to…
Gray wolves are a federally protected species in western Oregon.THE DALLES, Ore. — A remote camera picked up two gray wolves in Oregon’s northern Cascade Mountains, marking the first time multiple wolves have been documented in the area since the species returned to Oregon more than a decade ago. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said Tuesday the animals…
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will vote in January on whether to adopt a new wolf management plan that could eventually open the door for a wolf hunt for the first time since bounty hunting wiped out wolves in the state 70 years ago.
Killing gray wolves in the western two-thirds of Oregon is a violation of the federal Endangered Species Act and of Oregon state game laws.KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Another gray wolf has been found dead in Oregon, marking the third such death of a federally protected wolf in the past year, state and federal wildlife officials said. The wolf was found…
SISTERS, Ore. — In 2014, John Shepherd received some surprising news. Shepherdsfield, his nonprofit church that hosts weddings and other events, was in violation of a Deschutes County provision designed to protect mule deer and other wildlife. Three years later, however, that provision has trapped Deschutes County between a rock and a hard place. County planners are pursuing a code…
While deer and elk won’t be returning to burned areas around Prospect and Union Creek anytime soon, they likely will feel at home in the smoky areas immediately around wildfires and closed areas.
Oregon officials expect the reduced bag limit for hatchery steelhead will be temporary, but it marks a conservative beginning to a season that’s expected to be hampered by low returns. As of Monday, only 70,000 hatchery and 25,000 wild steelhead have passed Bonneville Dam – 30 percent of the most recent 10-year average.
Early freshwater return has allowed the fish to avoid the drought and poor ocean conditions of the past few years that have impacted its species elsewhere.
The goal is to offer fishing opportunities to those willing to venture into the backcountry.
But the number of anglers out on the Columbia River trying to land sturgeon – and the number of fish caught – was so high this past Saturday and Monday that fisheries managers are now considering closing the season early.
One plan fisheries managers are considering to combat the low returns is restricting where anglers can fish during each month.
Pronghorn antelope tags will also be reduced, but tag numbers for elk hunts will not be affected.