Oregon Wolf Population on the Rebound

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is moving to Phase Two of its wolf recovery plan after wildlife biologists documented seven breeding pairs of wolves in Oregon in 2014. Of nine known wolf packs, only the Imnaha Pack is not a breeding pair. The Umatilla River pack still needs to … Continue reading »

Rain Impacts Local Fish Populations

SHADY COVE, Ore. — Monday morning’s showers, combined with last week’s moisture, is helping jump start recovery from a dry year. Water storage levels at Lost Creek Lake are lower than average for this time of year, and workers at the dam monitor water levels closely, with the top priority being flood regulation. However, with limited … Continue reading »

ODFW Hosts Annual Pheasant Hunt

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Hunting season is right around the corner, and this weekend youth from across our region are getting the chance to perfect their aim and hunt some pheasants. This is all part of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s annual youth pheasant hunt. It is one of the largest in Oregon, … Continue reading »

Hunting Season Looks Promising

MEDFORD, Ore. — Firearm hunting season is just two weeks away, and wildlife personnel say the season is looking good.  The mild winter last year is great news for big game. The warmer temperatures resulted in higher winter survival, meaning more deer, elk, and other animals are roaming the wilderness this fall. The Oregon Department … Continue reading »

Turtles Aren’t Always the Best Pets

ROSEBURG, Ore. — Turtle sales have spiked lately because of the popularity of the Ninja Turtles that were made famous in the 90’s. However, proper care was neglected to many of these pets and many have died because of it. Susan Barnes, a biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife hopes that the … Continue reading »

Home Video Spots Cougar Near Rural Home

BUTTE FALLS, Ore. — A southern Oregon woman caught an unexpected visitor on her surveillance camera at her home in rural Jackson County. The video posted to Linda Stockton’s Facebook page shows two cougars roaming through her backyard in Butte Falls. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said those big cats are pretty common … Continue reading »

ODFW Stocking Lakes with Trout

NEAR LOST CREEK LAKE, Ore. — Trout fishing season starts this weekend, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is getting lakes and reservoirs ready to go. Throughout the month of April, more than 50,000 trout will be released from Cole Rivers Hatchery.  They will be dumped into lakes and reservoirs around southern Oregon. … Continue reading »

Anglers Could Win Prizes

MEDFORD, Ore. — Anglers in Oregon who turn in tags could be rewarded. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is sponsoring a promotion to try to increase the number of returned tags. Officials say only about 20% of anglers return their combined tags, which are required to fish for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and Pacific … Continue reading »

Hunters Pay Fines for Lack of Reporting

MEDFORD, Ore. — 34,000 Oregon hunters will pay a $25 fine when they sign up for their 2014 hunting permit. The Oregon Department of Fish And Wildlife implemented the penalty after a lack of hunters reported deer and elk hunts. Anyone who did not report their hunts for the 2012 year is facing that penalty. … Continue reading »

ODFW Stocks Lakes and Rivers With Fish

MEDFORD, Ore. –The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is stocking local lakes and rivers with fish just in time for the nice fall weather. ODFW said there are still plenty of fish to catch despite the low water levels and recent closures. On Sunday, anglers were out along the Rogue River enjoying the nice … Continue reading »

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