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local | News | OPB News BlogJan. 29, 2015 3:45 p.m.
Headlines for Thursday, Jan. 29: A University of Oregon professor returned more than 22,000 pages of uncensored UO presidential documents; a proposed bill would ban drones for hunting and fishing; Umpqua Bank is now considered the largest community bank on the West Coast; and more.
Oregon is increasing the number of cougars hunters can kill by about 25 percent. Considering hunters currently only take about one-third of the statewide quota, what difference will raising the limit make?
What is hunting like in a country with some of the strictest gun regulations in the world?
Oregon's Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to limit the number of permits it issues this year for sage grouse hunting. Wildlife managers say they're concerned about how this summer's wildfires in Southeast Oregon may have affected bird populations.
Eight hunting and fishing groups announced their opposition Thursday to all the suggested ways to modify federal plans for large swaths of western Oregon forest.
Last summer, a hacker gained access to personal information tied to hunting and fishing licenses in Oregon, Idaho and Washington. The breach involved 7...
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is expected to approve new rules that will change who can hunt cougars and bears with dogs in Oregon.
Former Portland Police Chief Larry O’Dea was indicted Tuesday by a grand jury for shooting his friend during a hunting trip in Harney County earlier this year.
The retiring head of the Portland Development Commission joins us. Also, science writer Steven Johnson tells us where new ideas come from. And we learn about the springtime sport of ground squirrel hunting.
We explore why Oregonians aren't hunting or fishing as much as they used to.
A look the alarming rise of untreatable infections in hospitals, communities and across the globe.
In central Oregon there's an increasingly popular form of hunting that never kills animals. Kids and parents comb the ground in late winter searching for fallen antlers that deer naturally shed. Oregon Shed Hunters encourage responsible shed hunting in the hopes that the state leaves the sport unregulated.
Researchers in Seattle are getting a glimpse into a whole new world. Until recently, scientists knew very little about orca behavior underwater. However new technology has allowed them to dive in and track the patterns of these endangered whales. Their goal is to unlock the answers to many unknown questions. For instance, are the orcas social patterns, traveling routes, or hunting abilities affected by more traffic in the waters? 'D-Tags' — also known as suction tags — are data collection devices placed on the orca with a five foot pole. Getting these on the whale isn't a easy task. The boat must match the speed of the mammal while driving parallel to it in order to avoid disturbance as the whale travels. Once placed on the orca, the device tracks the movement of the whale in comparison to vessels in close proximity, watching to see if any normal patterns of the whale are disrupted by large boats. Many are worried that the crowded environment might be negatively affecting the whales. Scientists know that the orcas are communicating louder because of the boats in the water. This added noise makes it harder for the whales to hunt, but researchers are confident the D-Tags will give them better insight. Orca Tagging Adventure from EarthFix on Vimeo.
On the Job is our occasional series exploring how people are shaped by the work they do. In this segment, we meet a professional falconer who brings his birds to a variety of job sites to keep other birds at bay. We caught up with Kort Clayton and his bird Spencer at a berry farm where they are working to protect the blueberry crop before harvest. Clayton started out as a hobby falconer — using his birds as hunting companions. The birds are known as raptors. In addition to falcons, he works with hawks and owls. The birds belong to Clayton, and he now spends much more time with them than he did when he only hunted with them in his spare time. Clayton is an independent contractor with Air Strike Bird Control, a company that works with farms and vineyards to protect their crops, as well as airports and waste transfer stations with bird problems. Clayton's trained birds dive and swoop to scare off the starlings that want to eat fruit ready for harvest or seagulls foraging for food at the dump. Falconry is a non-lethal method for controlling birds. So, Clayton's avian co-workers don't get to eat on the job. When they're done for the day, he then rewards them with dead quail he buys for them to eat.
Lewis & Clark biology professor Greta Binford — whose research focuses on spiders — has been named Oregon Professor of the Year. Several years ago, Binford was the subject of a lenghty New Yorker article focused on her passion for research and her penchant for hunting spiders in basements. In addition to her insatiable curiosity about arachnids, the arachnologist has a passion for teaching. She sees spiders as vital to understanding larger concepts.
We are surrounded by them. There’s probably one within 10 feet of you. If they went away, we’d be overrun by insects...I feel really passionately about biodiversity and people understanding what it is and why it’s important.This isn't the only honor Binford has received for her work with spiders. Earlier this year, an Australian spider species was named after her. It's called the Austrarchaea binfordae.