Wildlife

Captive Grizzly Bear Research
5:56 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Researchers Work To Make Captive Grizzly Bears Happier

Researchers at the WSU Bear Research Center are working on ways to make grizzly bears happier while in captivity.
Northwest News Network

You may have visited zoos where the animals look less than thrilled sitting in their cages. But scientists at Washington State University’s Bear Research Center are working to help captive animals enjoy their environment. Reporter Courtney Flatt followed researchers who are trying to learn more about captive bears’ moods.

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Wildlife Drone Monitoring
6:08 am
Tue July 24, 2012

ODFW to Launch Unmanned Drone on Oregon Coast

Wildlife officials plan to launch an unmanned aircraft on the Oregon coast. They hope the drone will allow them to monitor seabird populations on hard-to-reach rocky islands that serve as nesting grounds. KLCC’s Jes Burns reports.

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Lonesome Larry
6:12 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Lonesome Larry Hits 20-Year Anniversary

20 years ago, Lonesome Larry was the only sockeye salmon to make the 800-mile trip from the Pacific Ocean to Redfish Lake, once a popular spawning area for salmon.
Photo by Aaron Kunz Northwest News Network

This year is the twenty year anniversary of Lonesome Larry, a lone sockeye salmon that made the 800 mile trip from the ocean to Redfish Lake in central Idaho. It helped jump start a multi-billion dollar effort to save Snake River salmon from certain extinction. Earthfix reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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Mountain Goat Attacks
5:51 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Trail Closed Due To Aggressive Mountain Goats

It will be at least two weeks before a popular hiking trail in Olympic National Forest re-opens to the public. The Mount Ellinor Trail was closed this week due to reports of aggressive mountain goats.

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Gillnet Fishing
6:14 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Campaign Says Gillnet Ban Heading To Oregon Ballot

Oregon voters likely will decide this fall whether to ban gillnet fishing in the Columbia River and other state waters. Campaigners say they turned in enough signatures
Monday to qualify their gillnet ban as a ballot measure in the November election. Oregon requires more than 87,000 valid signatures on petitions for initiatives that change state law.

Eric Stachon is spokesman for the Stop Gillnets Now Coalition. He says the group turned in more than 138-thousand signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State.

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Bald Eagle Cry
6:12 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Bald Eagle: A Mighty Symbol, With A Not-So-Mighty Voice

A Bald Eagle perches on a branch.
Photo by Katherine Whitmore USFWS

Few sounds symbolize American patriotism like the piercing shrill of a bald eagle. But just like George Washington and his cherry tree, that majestic call … is a myth. As correspondent Jessica Robinson found, the screech associated with the bald eagle, in fact, belongs to a different bird.

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State Parks
6:32 am
Fri June 15, 2012

State Parks Forced To Get Creative, Wired To Survive

An iconic poster promotes a state park.
Photo courtesy Northwest News Network

A wi-fi connection and smart phone bar codes could be coming to a state park near you. Those are just two of the ideas under consideration as Washington State Parks tries to recruit a new generation of visitors. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins explains.

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Pygmy Rabbit Breeding
6:51 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Pygmy Rabbits Successful Breeding A Step Forward

Pygmy rabbits are the smallest rabbits in North America.
Photo courtesy Oregon Zoo

It’s been a decade-long struggle for Washington’s pygmy rabbits. The palm-sized bunnies have been all but wiped out from the state. And efforts to breed them in captivity were failing. So, biologists are now attempting to breed the rabbits in their natural habitat. Reporting for EarthFix, Courtney Flatt explains, the pygmy rabbits are finally doing what rabbits are supposed to do.

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Ocean Floor Ecology
6:28 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Deep-Sea Stowaways Get A Leg Up From Scientists

Scientists working more than a mile underwater off the Washington coast have learned that the bottom of the ocean is surprisingly vulnerable to human disturbance. Even from scientists. KUOW's John Ryan reports from Seattle.

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Hatchery Fish
6:46 am
Thu June 7, 2012

NW Tribes Working on Hatchery Reform Using Genetics

There is a growing concern that hatcheries could cause our Northwest fish to lose their wild streak -- and ability to survive. A laboratory in Idaho hopes to change that. Earthfix reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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