Posts Tagged ‘ODFW’

Cougar Caught After Attacking Family Pets

Saturday, September 25th, 2010
Treed cougar in the Sled Springs Unit, Oregon - Photo Courtesy of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Treed cougar in the Sled Springs Unit, Oregon – Photo Courtesy of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Corvallis residents can rest easy this week after USDA Wildlife Services officials caught and euthanized a 46-pound cougar that had recently deemed a threat to human health and safety.

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ODFW Ask Bowhunters for Teeth

Thursday, August 19th, 2010
Blacktail Yearling

Blacktail Yearling

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has made an interesting request of Oregon bowhunters: teeth.

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Oregon Ocean Sport Groundfish Closed Beyond 20 Fathoms

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

If you’re planning any Oregon ocean groundfishing this year, keep it close to shore. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced earlier this month that effective July 23, the fishery beyond the 20-fathom line will be closed to sport fishing. This is an attempt by the ODFW to minimize the catch-and-release mortality rate of yelloweye rockfish, which are considered overfished by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“Yelloweye catch has been up along the entire Oregon Coast,” ODFW sport groundfish program leader Lynn Mattes said in a press release.  “After consulting with the Sportfish Advisory Committee we decided to pull the fishery into 20 fathoms to protect yelloweye while still offering a fishery for other species.”

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Rock Creek Hatchery Closed to Public

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Bittersweet news, Roseburg-area anglers! Rock Creek Hatchery, located east of I-5 between Roseburg and Sutherlin, is closing! According to a press release from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Rock Creek Hatchery will be closed to the public through February 2011 due to the construction of a fish ladder.

Oregon coho migration in the fall of 2009 - Photo courtesy of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Oregon coho migration in the fall of 2009 – Photo courtesy of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

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Turtles on the Move!

Monday, July 19th, 2010
ODFW Conservation Biologist Susan Barnes releases a native Oregon western painted turtle. -Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW

ODFW Conservation Biologist Susan Barnes releases a native Oregon western painted turtle. -Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW

There are a lot of animals you’ll probably keep an eye out for this summer – bears, wolves, mountain lions – but turtles? Unlikely. However, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking that you keep both eyes open for these pokey little amphibians this summer, as the females are on the move.

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Imnaha Wolves Plus 4

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010
Adults from the Imnaha Wolf Pack

Adults from the Imnaha Wolf Pack

No, this isn’t the latest reality TV craze. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced today that the wolf pack they’ve been tracking east of Joseph in Wallowa County, called the Imnaha Wolf Pack, have added at least four new pups to their pack. Motion-activated trail cameras caught footage of the four new pups and six adult wolves, including the alpha female. Four pups is a bit low compared to the average pup litter size of five, but ODFW officials say there may be more pups the cameras didn’t catch.

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Free Fishing Weekend in Oregon

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

folding fishing tool
Calling all Oregon anglers – free fishing weekend is here! Because the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is just so darn cool, this weekend they’ve invited novice and experienced anglers alike to enjoy license- and tag-free fishing in Southern and Central Oregon.

Free Fishing Weekend, June 12, is an attempt to expose children and inexperienced anglers to the joys of fishing, according to an ODFW press release. Each event features knowledgeable volunteers and loaner rods and reels. While license and tag fees and requirements have been waived, all other angling restrictions apply.

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Spring Chinook and Sturgeon Seasons Set for Oregon and Washington

Friday, February 19th, 2010

odfw_logoOregon and Washington just adopted spring Chinook salmon and sturgeon fishing seasons for the Columbia and Willamette rivers yesterday during a joint state hearing, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW).

The Columbia River spring Chinook seasons are based on a forecast of 470,000 returning upriver spring Chinook, said ODFW. As a conservative measure, the two states decided to adopt a 40 percent buffer, leaving a combined harvest guideline of 17,200 fish in the sport fishery downstream of Bonneville Dam. Similarly, the sturgeon seasons are based on a recreational harvest guideline of 19,200 fish, including 3,600 in the Willamette.

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