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Animals | Climate change | News | Communities | local | History | Fish & Wildlife | Nation | Family | 2017: The Year In Review

10 Most Viewed OPB Stories Of 2017

The Pacific Northwest and the nation saw drastic shifts in every aspect of life in 2017. Here, we've highlighted the top 10 most viewed OPB stories of 2017 and had reporters offer insight on each assignment.

Animals | local | Environment | News

Wolves Kill Alpaca In NE Oregon

The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife has confirmed wolves killed an alpaca Sunday on private land in Union County.

Animals | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | local | News

$20K Reward Offered In Eastern Washington Wolf Poaching Cases

Conservation groups are offering a hefty reward for information leading to the poachers who killed two protected wolves in northeastern Washington state.

Animals | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | local | News

Thousands Of Pickle-Shaped Pyrosomes Washing Up On Oregon Beaches

Very little is known about pyrosomes or why they have shown up in force now. Research into what they eat and what it means to have them in the ecosystem is ongoing.

Animals | local | News

Red-Suited Man On A Sled (Not Santa's) Rescues Deer From Frozen Pond

Reindeer are supposed to pull Santa Claus' sleigh, but in Oregon recently, a red-suited man on a sled wound up pushing a deer.

Animals | local | Health | News

Explosion Of Rats In Eugene Linked To Chickens, Compost

There are reports all over the city of an increased rat population, including along River Road, downtown and the northern and western neighborhoods of the city.

Music | Animals | News | local | Land | Fish & Wildlife | Entertainment

Willamette Country Music Festival's Move Raises Concerns About Refuge

An opposition is building over the proposed location: 692 acres of farmland bordering Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge, 12 miles south of Salem.

Animals | local

Judge, Beloved Otter At Oregon Coast Aquarium, Dies

Judge, a crowd-pleasing otter who played hide-and-seek with visitors, has died at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. He was 17.

Animals | News | local | Nation | Health | Politics

Scientists, Vets Call On US To Allow Research Of Cannabis Meds For Pets

Washington has been standing in the way of clinical trials on the efficacy of cannabis products as medicines, veterinarians and researchers say. Now, a push is underway to have barriers removed, so both pets and people can benefit.

Animals | local | News

Puppy Rescued From Island In Springfield's McKenzie River

Persistence paid off for a Eugene Springfield Fire boat rescue team, which on Friday saved a puppy that reportedly had been marooned on an island in the McKenzie River for more than a week.