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A Deadly Deer Disease In Washington Prompts Calls For Precautions

NWPR/EarthFix | Sept. 1, 2017 11:30 a.m.

A disease that can be deadly to deer has been detected in Washington. People are being asked not to give deer food or water.

local | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

After Millions In Damages, Oregon Standoff Defendants Agree To Pay Back $78,000

OPB | Aug. 22, 2017 8:32 a.m. | Portland

Defendants guilty of occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge have agreed to pay a total of $78,000 in restitution, according to a motion filed in federal court Monday.

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'Sexualized Culture' Investigation At WDFW Leads To Firings

Northwest News Network | Aug. 16, 2017 9:36 a.m.

Four Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife employees were fired this month after an investigation found an “extremely sexualized culture” at a fish hatchery on the Columbia River.

local | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Judge Revokes Malheur Occupier's Pretrial Release

OPB | Aug. 16, 2017 midnight | Portland

Prosecutors said Darryl Thorn threatened on Aug. 6 to hang himself on Facebook Live. Prosecutors said Thorn also threatened to seek suicide by police officer.

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Rural Economy | Sage Grouse Plans | Steelhead

OPB | Aug. 10, 2017 noon

The federal government has announced changes to a carefully negotiated sage grouse conservation plan. Also, steelhead may face extinction because of sea lions, and the economy in rural Oregon is not picking up the way it is in urban areas.

local | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Prosecutors Want Possible Bullet From Ryan Bundy's Arm As Evidence

OPB | Aug. 3, 2017 2:24 p.m. | Portland

A piece of metal lodged in Malheur occupation leader Ryan Bundy’s shoulder could be a key piece of evidence in the case against an FBI agent accused of misconduct in a shooting.

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Wallowa County Rancher Asks ODFW To Kill Wolves After Latest Attack

Capital Press | July 29, 2017 1:31 p.m.

A rancher in Oregon’s Wallowa County requested the state Department of Fish and Wildlife use lethal control against the Harl Butte wolfpack, which has attacked calves six times in the past year.

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How Farming Inside Wildlife Refuges Is Transforming Klamath Basin Agriculture

OPB/EarthFix | July 26, 2017 7 p.m. | Tulelake, California

While controversial, the common practice of farming on the Klamath wildlife refuges has resulted in an interesting new direction for agriculture across the basin. 

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Fuel Spill Contaminates E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area

Statesman Journal | July 18, 2017 9:51 a.m.

A massive fuel spill on Highway 99W near Adair Village has caused traffic detours and delays for the past 10 days as the state clears contaminated soil and repairs the road.

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Pendleton Outdoor School Carries On Despite Budget Woes In Recent Years

East Oregonian | May 12, 2017 11:38 a.m. | Pendleton, Oregon

Pendleton is home to eastern Oregon's longest continuously run outdoor school, despite facing elimination at least three times.

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Oregon's Public Lands Could Face The Brunt Of Solar Eclipse Visitors

OPB | May 9, 2017 2:27 p.m. | Terrebonne, Oregon

With nearly every lodging option booked within the path of the eclipse, thousands of visitors are expected to spill over onto public lands.

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USDA's Agreement To Kill Oregon Wolves Ruled Lawful

Capital Press | May 3, 2017 3:27 p.m.

The USDA’s agreement to kill wolves on behalf of Oregon wildlife regulators isn’t a “major federal action” warranting environmental review, according to a federal judge.

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They're Back: Invasive Green Crabs Found Off Olympic Peninsula

AP | April 29, 2017 11:44 a.m. | Bremerton, Washington

Officials in Washington state say an invasion of the European green crabs that could disrupt the Puget Sound ecosystem is continuing.

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Biologists Say It's Too Soon To Know How Killing Barred Owls Affects Spotted Owls

Capital Press | April 18, 2017 2:07 p.m.

Spotted owl populations have continued to decline rapidly, while larger, more aggressive barred owls take over spotted owl territory in Oregon, Washington and California.

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Conservation Groups Sue To Protect Wildlife From ‘Cyanide Bombs’

OPB/EarthFix | April 4, 2017 1 p.m.

Conservation groups want to see more restrictions on cyanide traps after a federal agency's trap killed a wolf in northeast Oregon.

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Otter Appeals Dismissal Of Idaho Sage Grouse Lawsuit

AP | April 1, 2017 4:49 p.m. | Boise

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter said the state was not speculating about the damage that implementing the current federal sage grouse plans will have on private and public lands.

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Washington State Wolf Population On The Rise

AP | March 31, 2017 2:20 p.m. | Seattle

Officials say the state had a net gain of at least 25 wolves in 2016, despite the deaths of 14 who were killed for various reasons.

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Congress Rolls Back Obama-Era Rule On Hunting Bears And Wolves In Alaska

NPR | March 22, 2017 2:04 p.m.

The Senate voted Tuesday to lift a 2016 ban on certain hunting practices — like trapping and aerial shooting — on national wildlife refuges there. Now the bill heads to President Trump to be signed.

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Judge Convicts 4 Malheur Occupiers Of Misdemeanor Charges

OPB | March 21, 2017 4:27 p.m. | Portland

Four defendants who participated in last year's occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge were convicted Tuesday of misdemeanors.

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2 Occupiers Found Guilty Of Conspiracy For Roles In Oregon Standoff

OPB | March 9, 2017 11:35 a.m. | Portland

A jury has convicted occupiers Jason Patrick and Darryl Thorn on felony conspiracy charges for their roles in last year’s takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.