wildlife

Bears
4:16 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Ilwaco Retiree Could Be First Charged Under New Law Banning Feeding Of Bears

Washington Fish and Wildlife police are recommending that an Ilwaco woman face charges for allegedly feeding wild bears.
Credit Dam421 / Wikimedia

The bears have woken up and once more that’s creating problems around the region. Washington Fish and Wildlife police are recommending that an Ilwaco woman face charges for allegedly feeding wild bears. Wildlife agents have removed seven problematic black bears from her neighborhood and had to euthanize five of them since last fall.

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Cougar Attack
5:56 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Oregon Fines Wildlife Sanctuary Following Deadly Cougar Attack

The state of Oregon is fining a wildlife sanctuary after a cougar attack last fall left its head keeper dead.
Credit Steve Jurvetson / Published on Flickr

The state of Oregon is fining a wildlife sanctuary $5,600 after a cougar attack left its head keeper dead. The incident happened last fall. State inspectors outlined serious safety violations in a report released Monday.

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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.
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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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