wildlife

Polar Bears
6:57 am
Wed July 31, 2013

How Polar Bears At Oregon Zoo Help Us Understand Climate Change

Tasul is one of two polar bears at the Oregon Zoo that researchers are tapping for help studying the effects of climate change on wild polar bears.
Credit Oregon Zoo

A polar bear at the Oregon Zoo are helping researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey study how climate change is affecting wild Arctic polar bears. For EarthFix, Cassandra Profita reports.

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Klamath Water Crisis
6:54 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Trinity River Water Could Save Klamath Fish, But California Farmers Need It Too

Water struggles in the Klamath Basin are spreading to the Trinity River. Managers at the federal Bureau of Reclamation say by releasing extra water from the Trinity into the Klamath River, they may avoid a fish kill.

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Red Swamp Crayfish
6:12 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Fighting (And Cooking) Invasive Crayfish In Northwest Waters

Red swamp crayfish aren't native to the Northwest but where they've been introduced, they're taking over.
Credit Ashley Ahearn

Gumbo and Jambalaya may not be at the top of traditional Northwest menus, but if the invasive red swamp crayfish has its way, that could change. The crayfish – also known as a crawfish or crawdad – is native to the Southeastern U.S. and the Gulf Coast.

But over the past decade this firey-clawed, and delicious, crustacean has moved in on Northwestern lakes. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.

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Rescued Orca
6:19 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Rescued Puget Sound Orca Spotted With Her First Calf

A73, also known as Springer, seen off central coast of Vancouver Island, BC on July 4th with baby
Credit Graeme Ellis / Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada

The fairy tale ending for a young orphan killer whale keeps getting better. Canadian marine biologists spotted "Springer" the whale with her first calf off the coast of central British Columbia last week. This comes 11 years after Springer was rescued from the ferry lanes near Seattle and successfully reunited with her whale family at the north end of Vancouver Island. Helena Symonds of OrcaLab was one of the whale activists who urged fisheries managers in both countries to intervene at the time.

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Ghost Nets
7:00 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Ghost Fishing Nets Being Vanquished In Puget Sound

Fishing nets are designed to ensnare fish. But when those nets are lost or abandoned at sea, they don’t stop catching fish. Instead, they become ghost nets – floating death traps for the marine life that continue to get trapped in their mesh.

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Wolf Delisting
6:48 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Reaction Is Mixed To Federal Government Blanket Delisting Of Gray Wolf

A gray wolf in Yellowstone National Park. A news report suggests the federal government is preparing to remove legal protection under the Endangered Species Act for gray wolves in most of the lower 48 states.
Credit Oregon State University

A plan by the federal government to end protection for gray wolves received mixed reactions from environmental groups to ranchers. EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz obtained a copy of that draft report and explains what it means for the Northwest.

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Wolf Protection
7:11 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Federal Government May Seek Blanket Delisting Of Gray Wolf

A gray wolf in Yellowstone National Park. A news report suggests the federal government is preparing to remove legal protection under the Endangered Species Act for gray wolves in most of the lower 48 states.
Credit Oregon State University

The federal government is preparing to stop protecting gray wolves in the lower 48 states, according to a draft document. The plan is drawing criticism from environmental groups. EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz has more.


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Giant Octopus
6:51 am
Tue April 16, 2013

New Protections Proposed For Giant Pacific Octopus in Puget Sound

A giant Pacific octopus on display at the Seattle Aquarium. The species' population is considered healthy in Puget Sound. Public outcry over legal octopus hunting near Seattle's Alki Beach has prompted possible restrictions.
Credit canopic / Flickr

Host Intro: The harvesting of a giant Pacific octopus near Alki Beach in Seattle last October prompted a public outcry. Now the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is considering new protections for octopuses. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.

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Infected Bighorn Sheep
4:26 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

WA Wildlife Managers To Euthanize Bighorn Sheep

A herd of bighorn sheep has been infected with a disease that causes pneumonia.
Credit Matthew Zalewski / Wikimedia Commons

Wildlife managers are euthanizing bighorn sheep in central Washington. A herd has been infected with a disease that causes pneumonia.

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Oregon Raccoons
7:25 am
Wed March 27, 2013

The Politics Of Raccoons At The Oregon Capitol

Penh Gwyn Flickr

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 5:13 pm

SALEM, Ore. - Depending on who you ask, raccoons are either cute little woodland critters or a menace to pets and humans alike. There’s certainly no consensus on that question in the Oregon legislature. One measure in Salem would ban the feeding of raccoons. It’s an idea that’s proven to be surprisingly controversial.

Kristy Neubo has a small dog. She calls it "Baby. She's a little five-pound shih-tzu yorkie mix.

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