Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Nature
8:50 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

ODFW Donates 350,000 Pounds of Salmon to Oregon Food Bank

Chris Baker, a hatchery technician at ODFW's Sandy hatchery, puts a Coho salmon into an ice-filled tote destined for the Oregon Food Bank.
Credit Rick Swart/ODFW

Oregonians who receive assistance from food banks might find an expensive - and tasty item in their boxes this winter.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says a banner run of Chinook and Coho has allowed them to donate 175-tons of salmon to the Oregon Food Bank. It will be distributed to food banks across the state.

KLCC's Angela Kellner spoke to Rick Swart with the ODFW.

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Oregon Waterways
6:00 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Oregon To Consider Allowing Barbed Hooks In Certain Areas

Credit Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is recommending a rule change making barbed hooks legal inside certain areas of the lower Willamette River as well as Youngs Bay and Gnat Creek near Astoria.

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Leaburg Dam
11:47 am
Fri January 2, 2015

EWEB Hopes To Have One Rollgate Fixed On Leaburg Dam Soon

Leaburg Dam with floodgates operating.
Credit EWEB

The Eugene Water and Electric Board is hoping to get one of two malfunctioning roll gates on the Leaburg Dam repaired by mid-January.

One of three roll-gates broke down on the 85-year old dam on the McKenzie River in 2012. EWEB has been working on repairs and hopes to have it back in operation in a couple of weeks. Late last month, a 2nd roll-gate malfunctioned. EWEB spokesman Lance Robertson says the utility hasn’t yet determined why.  He says the dam is basically out of commission- with only one gate working.

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Wildlife
8:11 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Oregon Cougar Hunting Limits Expand As The Big Cats Push Into Populated Areas

Credit Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

Beginning January 1, Oregon hunters will be able to kill more cougars. The changes come as conflicts between humans and the big cats are on the rise.

In many parts of Oregon, cougars have begun pushing into populated areas. There has been an uptick in what wildlife officials call “non-hunting mortalities” - situations where cougars are killed because of danger to humans or livestock, or unfortunate run-ins with car fenders.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Michelle Dennehy:

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Environment
10:19 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Dam Malfunction Good News For Anglers

Leaburg Fish Hatchery
Credit Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

Willamette Valley anglers will be delighted to find an early bonanza of hatchery trout in local waterways.  A dam malfunction turns out to be good news for folks who want to go fishing for New Years.

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Oregon
6:00 am
Mon November 10, 2014

ODWF Looks To Acquire Two Pieces Of Land In Willamette Valley

Credit Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is looking to acquire two parcels of land in the Willamette Valley. The plan for both properties is to restore them to their natural habitat and make them available for public use.

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Oregon Coast
6:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Oregon Unveils New Tools To Help Anglers Navigate Marine Reserves

Credit www.nmfs.noaa.gov

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has some new tools to help anglers avoid fishing in designated marine reserve areas off the coast. There's a new app for both apple and android smart phones called "Fish Alerts" that displays borders for all protected areas and includes rule summaries. Stacy Galleher is ODFW's Community Outreach Coordinator.

Galleher: "It's hard to pop out a paper map and know exactly where you are, and it's just more intuitive as we keep going with technology that people are looking to their electronic devices to know where they are."

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Environment
6:00 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Conservation Groups Urge Governor To Reject Black Bear Hunting Expansion

Credit www.bear.org

Conservation groups are urging Governor John Kitzhaber and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to reject part of a proposal to expand black bear hunting tags in Southwest Oregon.

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Wildlife
7:38 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Lead Bullets Could Be Endangered By The California Condor's Arrival In Oregon

Portland Audubon WIldlife Care Center workers Lacy Campbell and Deb Scheaffer tend to an injured red-tail hawk.
Alexi Horowitz Earthfix

As hunting season begins across the Pacific Northwest, Oregon conservationists and state agencies are taking a new look at the issue of lead ammunition and its effects on wildlife.

Inside the operating room at the Portland Audubon Society Wildlife Care Center head veterinarian Deb Shaeffer is carefully inserting a syringe into the shoulder of an injured red-tail hawk.

Shaeffer: “It’s a very simple blood draw, it takes one drop of blood, and we run it through a machine, and it takes about three minutes and we get a result back.”

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Rivers
4:09 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Study To Show Return For Fall Chinook On Siuslaw River

Matt Strickland (left) and Bob Lee, members of an ODFW survey crew, capture and mark a large Chinook salmon as part of a population study on the Oregon coast.
Credit Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

This fall, biologists from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will capture adult Chinook salmon in the Siuslaw River near Mapleton. It's part of a study to estimate this year's return. The last time a study this extensive was conducted was 8 years ago.

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