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'King of the Beetles'

Ken Hansen puts thousands of flesh-eating beetles to work cleaning hunting trophies

The idea of beetles stripping flesh from bones sounds like the plot of a horror movie but, in the case of a Lyle business, it is how beautiful pieces of art are created.

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High Speed Visitor

Costa's Hummingbird, common in Southwest deserts, and an uncommon visitor to Oregon, perches near a feeder in Wasco County.

Outbreak sickens local deer herds

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists are seeing an outbreak of Adenovirus Hemorrhagic Disease (AHD) in a local deer herd in The Dalles and ask that residents do not feed the animals and bury, or take to the landfill, any carcasses they find on their property.

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Spring Beauty

A fawn peers at a photographer between the legs of its momma in this image captured by Scott McMullen recently on Sevenmile Hill.

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Sportsmen: Share your tallest tales

Hunters and anglers are invited to submit best catch and trophy photos for the Brag Board in the 2017 outdoor sports publication that is coming in July, as well as stories. This year the Chronicle has teamed with up with the Hood River News to widen the distribution of The Gorge Sportsman, formerly known in The Dalles as Hooks & Horns.

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Taking Flight

A butterfly emerges from its chrysalis, in which it spent the winter hanging from a weeping willow tree in Wasco County, before taking flight and landing in a nearby poplar tree.

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Fence Diner

A scrub jay, left, prepares to feed a juvenile jay perched on a neighborhood fence.

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Agency urges holiday safety

PORTLAND — Memorial Day weekend typically marks the beginning of summer recreation season in the Pacific Northwest. While the nation pauses to remember its fallen service members on Monday, May 29, many Americans will also spend this weekend enjoying their freedom by visiting national forests, parks, wild and scenic rivers, and grasslands.

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Purple Reign

Purple lupine flowers enjoy the recent sunshine on a hillside near the Rowena Crest Viewpoint.

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Skip's Trailhead: Desert has much to offer the adventurer

Desert has much to offer the adventurer

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What to look for in the May night sky

May brings us longer, warmer days as the Sun marches north toward June’s summer solstice. By the end of the month we’ll have 15 hours and 29 minutes of daylight.

Expert to discuss lead ammunition

Leland Brown, an expert from the Oregon Zoo, will be speaking about the use of lead and non-lead ammunition for hunting at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum this Saturday, April 22.

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Wet and Wild

A muskrat swims toward a stand of cattails as spring brings new life to a Klickitat County lake over the weekend.

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Spring Croaker

A tree frog inflates its “vocal sac” and calls for a mate in a pond along Mill Creek. The vocal sac is a flexible membrane of skin possessed by most male frogs and is used to amplify their mating call. To call, air is expelled from the lungs, through the larynx, and into the vocal sac, which magnifies the sound.

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Spring Courtship

A red-winged blackbird displays from the top of a cattail despite a day of clouds and rain in a Klickitat County marsh Monday afternoon.

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