Department of Fish and Wildlife

anonymous asked:

Have you heard of the Wedge pack? It was a pack of wolves living in Washington State that was completely wiped out around 2012. The wolves apparently were killing cattle, so the Department of Fish and Wildlife basically put a hit out on the pack and spent tons of money hunting and killing them all. As if they couldn't have simply tranqed the wolves and moved them to an unpopulated area. Mind you, there are only about 51 wolves in Washington and they are a protected species.

Perfect example of a case in which there were tons of different, nonlethal options to handle this situation. Protecting your live stock better, for a simple example. Nowadays there are a lot of different, well working options to do so - especially if you would use those tons of money for that, instead of using it to hunt them down. 

It’s especially odd because it was done less than a year after adopting a plan to recover wolf populations in the state. The wolves there are listed as endangered throughout Washington under state law and the western two-thirds of the state under federal law. I believe wolf hunting to keep the population healthy often is a good thing. But in this case, killing them to solve the problem shouldn’t have been an option.

“Lethal removal will remain a wolf-management option, but we will use it only as a last resort” - Fish and Wildlife Director Phil Anderson. I agree with that, but they definitely didn’t use it as a last resort. He also stated: “We are committed to the recovery and sustainability of the gray wolf in Washington”. Suuuure, lol.

Also, íf there was no other option but to kill them, they could have done that in a more ethical way (like trapping) than shooting them from helicopters.

Food Chain Catastrophe: Emergency Shut Down Of West Coast Fisheries: “Populations Have Crashed 91 Percent”

Earlier this week Michael Snyder warned that the bottom of our food chain is going through a catastrophic collapse with sea creatures dying in absolutely massive numbers. The cause of the problem is a mystery to scientists who claim that they can’t pinpoint how or why it’s happening.

What’s worse, the collapse of sea life in the Pacific Ocean isn’t something that will affect us several decades…

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Food Chain Catastrophe: Emergency Shut Down Of West Coast Fisheries: “Populations Have Crashed 91 Percent”

Earlier this week Michael Snyder warned that the bottom of our food chain is going through a catastrophic collapse with sea creatures dying in absolutely massive numbers. The cause of the problem is a mystery to scientists who claim that they can’t pinpoint how or why it’s happening.

What’s worse, the collapse of sea life in the Pacific Ocean isn’t something that will affect us several decades…

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How did you celebrate Earth Day this year? Plant a tree? Partake in some dirt pie? Inform 57 environmental workers that you’re probably going to lay them off? Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker opted for the latter, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports. Dozens of employees of the state Department of Natural Resources — the one responsible for managing “fish, wildlife, forests, parks, air and water resources while promoting a healthy, sustainable environment” — received formal notices Wednesday that their jobs likely aren’t going to make the cut in Walker’s budget for the next two years.

Worst. Earth Day. Ever.

Great White Shark Spotted Off Coast of Washington

Great White Shark Spotted Off Coast of Washington

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water: local residents of Ocean Shores, Washington have been warned that a great white shark has been spotted in the town’s coastal waters.

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Hardest Week Ever

This past trip was probably one of the hardest things I have ever done. Once all was said and done, in the 6 days that it took us to complete our surveys we hiked nearly 45 miles and had a cumulative elevation gain of almost 10,000 feet. Not an easy task! However, despite all the work, it was also one of the most rewarding survey trips I’ve ever been on. There’s something very gratifying about making it up to a hard to get to lake that few people visit. And the scenery along the way was breathtaking!

The trip started on Thursday morning at the Long Canyon trailhead. It should be called Steep Canyon instead. The trail climbs relentlessly towards the backside of Gibson Peak and Bee-Tree Gap.

 

Our destination was Lake Anna, situated off trail hanging on the edge of a sheer cliff 4,000 ft. up from the trailhead. I knew it was going to be a tough hike, but it turned out to be much harder than I expected. We climbed up the trail for a while, thankfully in a thickly forested area so we were shaded from the sun. After a while, we reached the point where we needed to cut off the trail and start climbing the steep ridge to get up to Lake Anna. This entailed climbing up a very steep slope of loose rock and dirt. Not much fun, especially with 50 lbs. on your back!

Our route up to Lake Anna

When we finally made it to the top of the ridge, I was hoping the lake would be close. Well I was right, sort of. We could see the lake from where we were. It was only about 1/3 mile away, but it was going to be no easy 1/3 mile. To get to the lake, we had to side hill across the very steep cliff below Lake Anna, then climb up that cliff to finally reach the lake itself. At this point, we were almost 8 hours into the hike, worn out, and tired of hiking, so we decided to call it a day and camp at a tiny little meadow a bit below the lake. The following morning, we packed up and made it up the last, steep climb to the lake.  

Lake Anna

But, there’s no rest for the weary, and after setting up camp and taking a quick break, we were off to Deer Lake. Another cross country scramble back to the trail, then a nice climb up to Bee Tree Gap. After that it was an easy walk over to Deer Creek Pass and an incredible view of Deer Lake, Siligo Peak, and the entire Deer Creek watershed.

Deer Lake

We dropped down to the lake, took a short break, chatted with some fishermen, and did our survey. Then it was back to Lake Anna. After a short lunch break at camp, we headed over to Billy-Be-Damn Lake which was a short ¼ mile, 400 ft. climb. Not a very impressive lake, though it was located in a very impressive setting, hanging on the edge of a steep cliff, shadowed by towering, rugged peaks.

Billy-Be-Damn Lake

After completing our survey, we headed back toward Lake Anna, surveying a small meadow on the way. Now, as I’ve said before, some lakes are easy to survey, others not so much. Anna fell into the latter category. The problem was the shores were so steep and rocky that the water was too deep to wade in. So instead, I inflated the float tube we use to set the gillnet and used it to float around the perimeter of the lake. Not the quickest method, but better than swimming! I even got a little surprise along the way. Thunderstorms started building in the area and it started raining on me as I was in the middle of the lake. As if I wasn’t already wet enough from the leaky waders. At least I wasn’t hit by lightning!

The next morning we packed up our gear and headed back towards the trailhead. We dropped our packs along the trail at one point and made a quick day trip up to Bowerman Meadows. Or at least we tried to. The trail disappeared on us and we ended up getting a bit turned around and since the weather threatened to turn bad again, we decided to call it a wash and come back another time. So off to the truck we went. At this point it was getting pretty late in the afternoon, so instead of trying to hike in to our new destination, Bear Basin, that day, we decided to spend the night at the field office in Lewiston. One benefit of this was that we were able to enjoy a real meal at a restaurant in town. Let me tell you this, a ½ lb. bacon cheeseburger and onion rings have never tasted so good! But the respite from the backcountry was brief and we were back at it bright and early the next morning. The hike up into Bear Basin was far easier than getting to Lake Anna, though it wasn’t easy at around 6 miles in.          

We found a campsite, set up camp, then headed off to survey a few sites at the head of the basin. The first site we surveyed was the headwaters of Bear Creek, which even in this dry year was a snowfield with a good sized snow cave in it. One interesting aspect of Bear Basin was the fact that there was a very large, dry meadow near the top. Most of the meadows that we’ve encountered before have been very lush and wet, the exact opposite of this one. Whatever the cause of it being there, it offered spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. We surveyed the other two sites in the area then headed back to camp to prepare ourselves for the next day.  

Dry meadow in Bear Basin

Snow field and cave at the head of Bear Basin

Seven-Up Lake was a lake that had been on my mind a lot ever since we had to skip it on the Granite Lake trip. Situated high up in the saddle of a ridge above Bear Basin, it was going to be tough going to get to. But after what we had faced at Lake Anna, I wasn’t all that concerned. In reality, other than a bit of bushwhacking, it really wasn’t that bad. We made it up without any serious problems.

Seven-Up Lake

Route down from Seven-Up Lake back to Bear Basin

After heading back to camp for a lunch break, we were off to survey the last site in Bear Basin which involved scrambling up a steep, rocky, shrubby slope. Not a whole lot of fun, but all in a day’s work. We then packed up camp again and headed to the junction of the Bear Creek and Parker Creek trails where we set up camp for our last night. The next day we headed up into the Parker Creek basin and surveyed the five sites there, also surveying a meadow on the way back. Having finished all the work that needed to be done, we packed up, hike out, and drove home. Of course, we had to make the traditional burrito run to satisfy our craving for some real food! All in all, it had been probably the hardest week of my life, but also one of the most fun and rewarding and one I’m not likely to forget anytime soon.

 

Season Totals:

Miles hiked: ~95

Sites surveyed: 56

Newhall Ranch Project Moving Forward after Court Decision

#Newhall Ranch Project Moving Forward after Court Decision:

The decision allows Newhall Land & Farming Co. to alter the Santa Clara river.
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A state appellate court once again gave the project to develop 20,000 homes on the Newhall Ranch the green light this week. The decision came from the 2nd District Court of Appeals on March 21st. The decision also allowed California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife to restore a…

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Heart of the Trinities

After last week’s grueling trip, I was looking forward to a slower paced week. Luckily we didn’t have anything too crazy or hard in store. For this trip, we were also going to have a third person, confusingly also named Josh, along helping out. We headed out Wednesday afternoon and drove up to the trailhead. Our first goal was to get to Bowerman Meadows (without getting lost this time) and a small pond near Gibson Lake. Since we got a later start, we didn’t have time to hike out that afternoon, so we set up camp at the trail junction and spent the night there. Early the next morning, we headed out. We decided that in order to survey everything as efficiently as possible, we would split up. I headed off to Bowerman Meadows while Tyler and the other Josh headed for the pond.

The trail up to the Meadows is really a nice hike, winding its way through lush meadows, towering groves of conifers, and even the occasional cottonwood grove. I knew that I didn’t want to keep following the main trail like we did last time, but I wasn’t exactly sure the best place to cut off up the hill. A ways down the trail, I took a quick stop to get some water and check my GPS. By sheer luck I noticed a small, overgrown side trail while waiting for my GPS to get reception. Figuring it was worth a shot, I headed up. It wasn’t well maintained and was very overgrown, but it was definitely a trail. It wound its way slowly but steadily up the mountainside through a dry meadow that was still full of yellow and purple wildflowers.

Trail up to Bowerman Meadows

After about ¾ of a mile, I finally reached the top of the crest and got my first glimpse of Bowerman Meadows. Situated at the base of a rugged, near vertical, almost 1,000 ft. granite cliff on top of which Lake Anna and Billy-Be-Damned Lake were perched, it was quite the view.

Bowerman Meadows

I ran into a couple backpackers who were camped up there and chatted with them a bit before heading out to do my survey. Due to the very dry winter we had, many of the pools in the meadow were dry and I didn’t find much, only about half a dozen Cascades Frog tadpoles. After taking a quick snack break, I packed up my gear and headed by towards camp. I waited there for Tyler and Josh to get back from surveying their site. Once they had, we packed up our gear, hiked back to the truck, and headed back to the field office in Lewiston where we spent the night.

The next morning we headed west though Weaverville and Junction City to the trailhead for East Fork Lake. Despite being very close to the most popular trail in the Trinities, East Fork Lake gets very little traffic, and we were about to find out why. Right off the bat the trail began to steeply climb up the ridge. We must have gained over 1,000 before the first mile! Luckily, after that first mile of brutal uphill, the trail leveled off for a while. For a while I was even enjoying the trail, though I almost got scared to death when I rounded a corner and saw a bear on the trail about 50 ft. ahead of me. I didn’t have time to take any pictures because as much as he startled me, I scared him more and he took off up the hill through the bushes as fast as he could.

Pretty nice trail (so far)

After settling my nerves, I continued on towards the lake. All good things must come to an end, and the fairly level trail soon gave way to another steep ascent. Only this time, instead of the trail being clear and well defined, it was pretty much completely overgrown with black oaks and manzanita, making the uphill battle even more fun.

Not such a nice trail anymore

After about a mile and a half of shoving my way through the brush, I finally made it to the lake. It wasn’t a very big one, but it was very scenic, tucked away in a small granite cirque with tall, rugged ridges on all sides. After taking a short break to set up camp, we set off up the steep hill on the south side of the lake to survey some small ponds up there. After finishing that up, we scrambled back down to the lake, surveyed it, set the gillnet, and called it a day.

East Fork Lake

Bright and early the next morning, we got up to pull the net and process the fish. We caught quite a few brook trout, but all of them were fairly small. Then it was time to pack up camp yet again and head back down the trail, which was significantly easier going downhill! Since we didn’t have enough time to hike to our next destination that afternoon, we headed back to the field office for the night. Our next hike up Canyon Creek was going to be a long one (almost 7 miles), so we got an early start at 5:30 the next morning. Canyon Creek is the most popular trail in the Trinity Alps, so I was expecting a crowd, especially since it was still the weekend. But I wasn’t expecting the parking lot to be as crowded as it was. There were probably 20 or more cars there!

Starting down the trail, it was easy to see why it’s so popular. I think it is about the closest thing to a flat trail as you will find in the Alps. And the scenery along the way is outstanding! Carved out by glaciers thousands of years ago, the valley along Canyon Creek is lined by some of the tallest, steepest, and most scenic mountains in the entire Trinity Alps Wilderness. The creek itself is quite gorgeous, winding its way through massive, granite boulders washed down to the canyon bottom during the last major flood. There are also several sets of waterfalls along the creek, and while nowhere near as impressive as those of someplace like Yosemite, they are quite scenic and a good place to take a break from hiking.

Small waterfalls along Canyon Creek

Pool along Canyon Creek

While our original plan was to backpack all the way up to Boulder Creek Lakes, we decided to instead set up camp below the lakes and day hike to them for our surveys instead. This gave us some extra free time, so Tyler and I decided to head up the trail a bit more to check out Canyon Creek Lakes.

On the trail to Canyon Creek Lakes

I’m very glad that we did. As you make the last final ascent up the trail and pop out onto a large granite slab, the gorgeous Lower Boulder Creek Lake is spread out before you. And it was located in what has got to be one of the most impressive settings in the Alps, with 8,891 ft. Sawtooth Peak looming overhead to the right, along with oddly-named 8,592 ft. Wedding Cake and 9,002 ft. Mt. Thompson (the tallest point in the Alps) towering in the distance. By far one of the most scenic places that I’ve visited in the Trinities so far!

Wedding Cake (left) and Mt. Thompson

Just a short scramble up a granite hill leads to Upper Canyon Creek Lake, which is just as spectacular as the lower lake, with a sheer granite cliff plunging straight into the water on the far shore. We still had some time to kill, so Tyler decided to go for a swim while I stayed on land and tried my hand at a little time-lapse photography.

360 degree view of Upper Canyon Creek Lake (left) and Lower Canyon Creek Lake with Sawtooth Peak in the middle

But the respite from work could only last so long, and it was soon time to head back to camp. The next morning we were off for Boulder Creek Lakes, which are located on a medium sized plateau on the side of the canyon. The plateau itself is cut through by a surprisingly deep gorge carved out over the centuries by a small stream. After navigating our way around the gorge, we came to the lakes themselves, which are a compilation of two larger lakes surrounded by numerous ponds scattered about on the granite.

Boulder Creek Lake with Mt. Hilton (8,964 ft.) on the right

We set the gillnet as soon as we got there, then Josh and I headed further up a small canyon above the plateau to get to Forbidden Lakes while Tyler stayed behind to survey Boulder Creek Lakes. It was a bit of a scramble up to Forbidden Lakes, with some bushwhacking at the very end, but it really wasn’t that bad, especially compared to things we had done earlier in the season! The lake itself wasn’t much to see. It was very low due to our poor rain year, so low in fact that we decided not to gillnet it. Despite being rather small, it was situated in a very impressive area, at the head of a very steep and narrow canyon.

Forbidden Lake

Since we didn’t have to set a net, we finished our VES of the area and headed back down the hill to rendezvous with Tyler. We helped him finish surveying the last of the sites near Boulder Creek Lakes then waited for the net to finish setting. Ideally we want to set the net overnight or for 12 hours, but when pressed for time, a set of 4 hours can be used. Once the net had been in the lake for 4 hours, we pulled it and processed the fish. For only having been in the lake a short time, we caught quite a few fish. And good sized ones too! Not wanting to let them all go to waste, and having no time to eat them ourselves, we gave some of them away to some backpackers camped at the lake.

View of Sawtooth Peak coming down from Boulder Creek Lakes

Then it was off back to camp for our last night in the wilderness. The next morning we woke up early, ate breakfast, packed up camp, and headed back down the trail to the truck. We must have been eager to get home, because we covered the 6.5 miles in only a little over 2 hours! All in all, it was another good trip, and I can fairly confidently say that I now have a new favorite place, and one I will undoubtedly be visiting again in the future.     

Season Totals:

Miles hiked: ~130

Sites surveyed: 73 

Protesters march against Nestle water plant

Oregonians took to the streets of Portland to protest the transfer of state spring water to permanently supply a proposed Nestle water-bottling plant in the Columbia River Gorge.

The protest began at 7 a.m. at the intersection of the Eastbank Esplanade and the Hawthorne Bridge and continued to the city’s bridges.

Last week, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife applied for a water rights cross-transfer to provide the City of Cascade Locks with water from Oxbow Springs.

The application could pave the way for Nestle Corporation to open a water bottling plant in the Gorge. Protesters want to keep the big corporations out of the Gorge and and away from state owned water.

Governor Kate Brown said in a statement that “The City of Cascade Locks, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Oregon Water Resources Department are all following a deliberate process to evaluate the proposed water bottling plant. As part of that process, it’s important for the public to let their voices be heard and take part in the public comment period. Only by engaging with OWRD can Oregonians ensure their concerns are being taken into account.

Alex P. Brown, the Executive Director of Bark, an organization geared towards defending and restoring Mt. Hood, says that “Nestle would be setting a precedent in the State of Oregon to give away existing public water resources to support a bottling water facility in the state.”

Protesters and Bark members say that it would have negative affects on the environment, because of the billions of plastic bottles that would be produced every year out of the Gorge. As well, there are the affects of the 200 truck trips that would be driving down main street in Cascade Locks every day.

Brown says the even larger issue with Nestle bottling Oregon water is the drought.

“We currently have five counties in the State of Oregon under a state of emergency for the upcoming drought and our neighbor California is in a state of emergency with major water restrictions being placed,” Brown says.

Fuck Nestle

So Nestle is a horrible horrible company, and its been spread by now about what they’re doing in California and how shitty it is, further exasperating their drought and stealing water from the state. But as of a few days ago the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife submitted an application to hand over our public water rights to the Oxbow Springs to Nestle so they can start bottling and taking 100 million gallons a year of our water and start selling it. 

If you’re in Portland there is a protest being organized by Bark for the 16th [link]

If you’re in Oregon then please consider writing to Governor Kate Brown or the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to let them know you’re not ok with this. ODFW: odfw.info@state.or.us, 503-947-6000   Gov. Kate Brown (503) 378-4582 [email]

If you’re from any where else or just want to do something, please consider boycotting Nestles water products or Nestles products over all. A list of their water brands can be found [here] and a list of all their brands is located [here]

A quick look at Nestle’s history will show you just how terrible they are.Their CEO recently stated that he does not believe that water is a human right and his belief is becoming evident. We can not let Nestle get away with this, what they’ve done to California is horrible but there is still time to stop them.

Kick them out of California and Oregon, and kick them out of your kitchen.

Wolf OR-7 Story Map

An illustration of OR-7′s dispersal journey, relatives, early life, and wolf history and ecology

Map Details and Facts:

  • The Wolf known as B-300, Wolf OR-7’s mother, has a very fascinating story of her own. Read more from our blog post The Story of Wolf B-300: Mother of Wolf OR-7 & Oregon’s First Wolf Resident. Her VHS radio tracking collar was also replaced by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, so she is also known as OR-2.

  • Wolf OR-7’s father is known as OR-4. He is the largest wolf to be collared by the state of Oregon, and also suspected to be responsible for many of the livestock depredations by the Imnaha pack. (He deserves his own blog post too, we’ll update this once it is posted.)

  • As a young wolf, Wolf OR-7 was likely to have observed if not participated in at least a few of the Imnaha pack’s confirmed depredations (kills) of livestock in Wallowa County.

  • When wolves receive collars in Oregon, it is customary to take their photograph to include with many other biometric details recorded upon capture. On the day Wolf OR-7 was collared, it was so cold (-13 degrees) that the camera was frozen and unable to take the photograph. Read more in our post It All Began with a Collar.

  • As a young wolf, Wolf OR-7 engaged in “pre-dispersals” which are temporary, short-distance trips away from a pack. On one of his pre-dispersals, Wolf OR-7 crossed into Washington state. Afterward, he returned to his pack, later to disperse fully in September of 2011 to California.

  • Wolf OR-7’s GPS collar periodically records his location to the collar’s internal memory and, after 24 hours, transmits the data to researchers’ computers via satellite signals. Therefor nearly all location data about GPS collared wolves is historical, only observable hours (potentially days if there is poor signal reception) after the wolf was located there.

  • In 1843, people gathered for “Wolf Meetings” in Salem, Oregon, to address fears of livestock depredation. These lead to the first Wolf Bounties in the Pacific Northwest, and also to the establishment of a provincial government and Governor post. These eventually grew into the Oregon state government.
  • This is an image of the actual bounty sheet that is thought to be the last record of wolves in Oregon:

  • Wolf OR-7’s presence in California inspired four conservation groups to petition for the protection of the gray wolf by the California Endangered Species Act. They were successful, and the gray wolf gained this protection on June 4, 2014.

  • Mother and father wolves are known as a “Breeding Pair” within packs as they form a partner bond within a pack. Once it has confirmed that a breeding pair and at least two of their offspring survive past January 1 into a new year, the family unit is then known as a pack.

  • Oregon’s wolf pack names are generally taken from the wildlife management unit in which they live. New packs are designated after a breeding pair and at least 2 pups survive from spring through the New Year.

  • State biologists are working to either replace Wolf OR-7’s GPS tracking collar (before the internal batteries fail and the collar stops functioning) or collar is mate. Attempts in fall 2014 were unsuccessful.

  • Surpassing the expected lifespan of the GPS tracking collar by well over a year, Wolf OR-7’s GPS tracking collar is the longest functioning wolf GPS tracking collar ever deployed by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

  • The lifespan of a wolf varies greatly in the wild. If a wolf survives into adulthood, and avoids disease, human threats or other injury, it’s possible for wolves to average ten years of age. A 16 year old wild wolf was once recorded.

Read full article and find out more info about OR-7

By OR-7 Expedition.org author Jay Simpson; artwork by Emma Munger

Governor Brown: Don’t give Nestlé Oregon’s public waters! 
In her first month as Oregon’s governor,Kate Brown has taken an actionopposed by over 80,000 Oregonians: directing the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) to move forward with giving away the public’s water to Nestlé.

The process Governor Brown is forwarding is not the exchange of water use, as previously expected. This is a new application to transfer the water right to Oxbow Springs permanently from the ODFW to Cascade Locks, which would then sell the spring water to Nestlé. Not only does this new application result in the permanent loss of Oxbow Springs water, but it also excludes a public interest review. With this action, what message is Governor Brown sending to the people of Oregon? That our opinions, like our public water, simply don’t matter.If this is not what you want from our new governor, let Gov. Brown know.Call her right now at 503-378-4582, then plug in your ZIP code below to send a letter to Governor Brown and your state representative and senator. 
Source: http://org.salsalabs.com/o/1810/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=17639

Rain or Shine Families Have Fun Outdoors!

Just as neither snow nor rain deters postal workers from delivering packages, temperamental weather didn’t stop the 32nd Annual Klineline Pond Fishing Derby from delivering the fun to thousands of young anglers over the weekend.  In conditions that varied by the minute, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worked alongside our dedicated partners and volunteers in sunshine, hail, and intermittent downpours to connect people with nature. 

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OCEAN SHORES, Wash. – The state Fish and Wildlife Department is alerting people along the coast that a great white shark is operating in nearby waters. A harbor seal washed up at Ocean Shores recently having been partially devoured by a great white.

“I would stay out of the water for awhile,” said Craig Bartlett of DFW. “And we’re contacting local and tribal governments today to let them know what we’ve found.”

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I have a bumper sticker on my car that reads:

“Discover Hidden Treasures: Visit your Local Nursing Home.”

My residents’ stories are buried treasure and I am an archeologist.

Here are my favorite museum pieces:


Harriett, poor shriveled, shrunken woman

with wiry hair to make Einstein jealous,

was a beauty queen.

She married early, always wanted children, and

when they never came, she loved the offspring of her sister.

He still comes to visit.


Kay fell in love at the state mental health hospital.

She and her husband shared sick brains,

pooled resources and made it together.

Her last words were “I love you.”


Rosemary sang saloon songs in Kansas,

wrote plays in her spare time,

got one published, even.

They put it on at the college she taught at.


Ramona communed with nature,

though I never knew her well enough to step outside.

She counted birds on Christmas,

the most loyal volunteer the Fish and Wildlife Department ever had.

She still leaves big rubber boots to fill.


Velma spoke love with cooking and fell asleep to escape her abusive husband.

Edith played bridge, cleaned housed suits at the national level.
Annie sang the night club blues.

Carol taught painting.

Dorothy was the first lady cop in this slow-to-change town.

Edward worked metal.

Windell was literally a rocket scientist.

Charlie worked on cars.

Harvey owned a store.

Mary loved shoes and cats.


She loved. He loved.

They lived.

They loved.

And I scoop sand in search of relics.

I find them.

I always find them.

Anti-Nestlé Protestors Decry State's Role in Proposed Bottled Water Plant

Anti-Nestlé Protestors Decry State’s Role in Proposed Bottled Water Plant

The demonstrators held signs and chanted to catch the attention of morning commuters during the protest against the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s involvement in a plan to speed up the approval process for a Nestle bottled water plant in Cascade Locks.

by Kelly House/ The Oregonian

Rush hour across the Hawthorne Bridge Thursday morning was an unusually rowdy affair.

Along with the…

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Fishing or Foul Hooking?

Fishing or Foul Hooking?

Angling is defined to only include the fish voluntarily taking the bait or lure in its mouth. Snagging the fish outside of its mouth is illegal and considered foul hooking (CDFW staff photo of Amanda Menefee by Ken Oda)

Question:When sport fishing for black bass, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) regulations say the fish must willingly take the bait in its mouth. However, it…

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