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Controlled hunt deadline May 15

SALEM, Ore.—Hunters have until May 15 to apply for a limited-entry controlled hunt opportunity this fall in Oregon.

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Southeast Zone wildlife viewing report, April 30

SOUTHEAST ZONE VIEWING Waterfowl spring migration has slowed and most white geese and white-fronted geese have headed migrated north. Pintail, shoveler, wigeon, mallard, gadwall, green-winged teal, cinnamon teal and a variety of diver species can still be viewed in good numbers. Sandhill cranes can be found in agricultural fields throughout the Harney Basin.

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Central Zone wildlife viewing report April 30

CENTRAL ZONE VIEWING Spring waterfowl migration is well under way. Water bird species that can be seen throughout Crook County, but in higher concentrations around Prineville and Ochoco reservoirs, include mallards, American wigeon, American green-winged teal, Northern pintail, ring-necked ducks, bufflehead, common and barrows goldeneye, Canada geese, killdeer, common and hooded mergansers, pied billed grebes, double-crested cormorants , great blue herons and a number of gull species.

Seven more California sea lions captured below Bonneville Dam, four euthanized

Trapping led by the states of Oregon and Washington below the Columbia River’s Bonneville Dam continued this week with seven California sea lions captured Tuesday, April 22.

Commission sets 2014 halibut season

SALEM – The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission set the 2014 sport and commercial halibut seasons during its meeting today in North Bend.

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Hikers hunt for ‘hidden jewel’

The first seed for this adventure was planted on February 23, 2014. On that day I wrote the following sentence. “The Gorge is home to 70 year-round waterfalls but only nine of them are visible from the highway. To see the rest of them will take some foot power.” I found this number on a website, no names or locations were listed.

Northeast Zone wildlife viewing report, April 26

MORROW, GILLIAM and WHEELER COUNTIES Spring is in full here in the Heppner District. Sandhill cranes are still seen flying north, although in smaller flocks of birds. Pine siskins can be seen occasionally at feeders in the area. Golden crowned kinglets are also showing up in the area. Ferruginous hawks are showing up to claim nest territories and can be seen in the northern portion of the District. Red-tailed hawks, American kestrels and northern harriers can be seen throughout the District.

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Scientists want to breed fish to be better biters

Scientists believe hatchery fish are not as aggressive as native species

Spring Ritual: States begin trapping, euthanizing sea lions feasting on Chinook at Bonneville Dam

A total of six California sea lions known to frequent the lower Columbia River’s Bonneville Dam in the past and feast on spring chinook salmon were trapped this week and euthanized as a part of a state plan to reduce predation on fish stocks that are protected under the Endangered Species Act.

States set up their June sturgeon seasons

CLACKAMAS (ODFW) – Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington today set the summer retention sturgeon fishing seasons and adopted a new sturgeon spawning sanctuary in the Columbia River behind Bonneville Dam.

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Critter specialist heads into retirement

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The stars of the Wild Kingdom TV series made it glamorous, but Howard Ferguson has made his living handling and monitoring critters ranging from butterflies to moose.

Corps begins spring fish operations; Little Goose lock closed for repairs

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Thursday that it has begun implementing its 2014 “Spring Fish Operations Plan” at its four lower Snake River and four lower Columbia River dams.

Fish passage Fixes at Wanapum Dam to be completed April 15; first weeks of spring run trucked

While investigations are continuing to identify the extent and cause of a 65-foot-long crack across a Wanapum Dam spillway pier monolith, fishery experts, engineers and others are scurrying to assure passage for fast-approaching salmon spawners.

Smelt return attracts more Sea Lions to Columbia River

Lookout… here they come. Biologists counted about 1,420 California sea lions Monday nestled at docks at the East Mooring Basin in Astoria, which is double the 739 peak counted last year – which was a record high number over the course of long-running monitoring of pinniped presence.

Study finds wild steelhead fare better in marine environment

Juvenile wild steelhead are smaller than hatchery fish when they reach the ocean, but have a higher feeding success, are in better condition and grow faster than hatchery fish once they arrive in the marine environment, according to a recent study.

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