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The Big Bad Wolf Hunter

The Big Bad Wolf Hunter

Gray wolves are under the gun throughout the West. The Associated Press is reporting that 37 wolves have been killed since the animal was removed from Endangered Species Act protections in March.

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Highways, cattle, and... refuges?

Highways, cattle, and... refuges?

Reflection on a recent trip into the heartland of the Klamath Basin's National Wildlife Refuges

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From Requa to Link River

From Requa to Link River

Ani Kame'enui and Sean Stevens venture to the Klamath Basin, from the mouth to the headwaters of the Klamath River.

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Big win for wolves

Big win for wolves

A Montana judge backs up conservationist claims that wolf delisting in the west was premature.

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Intercepting a football shaped seabird

Intercepting a football shaped seabird

It may sound strange, but when the timber industry threw out a request to remove protections for the murrelet, they might have been picked off.

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Not all dam deals are dead ends

Not all dam deals are dead ends

The Carmen Smith relicensing agreement ain't perfect, but there aren't any deal killers.

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Bush's endangered species blind spot

Bush's endangered species blind spot

They're packing up the moving van and leaving the ESA riddled with tire tracks.

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Stephen Jr. spotted in Lower Klamath

Stephen Jr. spotted in Lower Klamath

Famous eagle, "son" of Comedy Central show host stops over in the heart of the Pacific flyway.

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Howl tracker: Central Oregon edition

Howl tracker: Central Oregon edition

Have wolves already made their way to the crest of the Cascades?

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Okay, you can talk to the experts after all

Okay, you can talk to the experts after all

President Obama set to issue new ruling on Endangered Species consultation, overturning Bush policy.

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Of Mammals and Men

Of Mammals and Men

The Endangered Species Act--managing the human species.

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Salazar puts science back in the ESA

Salazar puts science back in the ESA

Interior Department acts to reverse last-minute Bush administration changes to the nation's bedrock wildlife protection law.

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Dam removal takes a back seat in the Klamath

Dam removal takes a back seat in the Klamath

When a California conservation group speaks out against linking dam removal to anti-wildlife and anti-salmon initiatives, a Bush-backed settlement process gives them the boot.

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Live blogging SalmonAid

A day spent celebrating and raising awareness for salmon.

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Live blogging SalmonAid Day 2

Live blogging SalmonAid Day 2

Ready to take up our spot in Jack London Square for Round 2.

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Wild Watchings - Vol. 2

Wild Watchings - Vol. 2

Money in motion, rare wildlife, the legislation-conservation dance, and Oregon wildflowers

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Wild Watchings - Vol. 3

Wild Watchings - Vol. 3

Old growth habitats and the fear of fire, bird watchings, a butterfly tale, wild rapids, and the political dams.

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Wild Watchings - Vol. 4

Wild Watchings - Vol. 4

OSU's dam tool, saving krill to save others, using the water you've already got, eliminating invasives, the power of green, and how-to's: stop ghost fishing, float down a river, and photograph encounters with wildlife.

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Doing the math on Idaho's wolf hunt

Doing the math on Idaho's wolf hunt

77,000 tags up for sale, 220 wolves allowed to be killed. Is there something I'm missing.

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Wolf hunt news round-up

Wolf hunt news round-up

The bullets are flying as we await a decision on an injunction to stop the hunt.

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Is Feinstein pulling a Cheney?

Is Feinstein pulling a Cheney?

California's senior US Senator plays politics in the San Joaquin Delta.

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Wolves in Sheeps Clothing

Wolves in Sheeps Clothing

Because fair and balanced isn't always

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Nation!

Nation!

A story so good it should be on the Colbert Report!

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Good idea that could be better

Good idea that could be better

An announcement by the Interior Secretary on the future of western Oregon BLM lands holds promise, but isn't perfect.

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How many is enough?

How many is enough?

When extinction is knocking on the door, what population does a species need to keep it shut?

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Overheard...

Overheard...

Only some of what you hear at the Sizzler is true.

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The Dustbin of History:

The Dustbin of History:

It's getting pretty full in there, but there's still room for some old wolf myths!

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Who's grousing about the sage grouse decision

Who's grousing about the sage grouse decision

The Interior Department says the bird is threatened but declines to protect it. We're confused too.

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Say no to Beer!

Say no to Beer!

Beer is best enjoyed in moderation. At least one beer isn't enjoyable at all!

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Carolina in my mind...

Carolina in my mind...

From the Northern Rockies to North Carolina, wolves make a comeback.

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Close encounter of the murrelet kind

Close encounter of the murrelet kind

A pre-dawn rise is rewarding for counters of threatened marbled murrelets on the central Oregon coast.

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The vanishing whitebark pine

The vanishing whitebark pine

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service explores options for protecting this unique high-elevation species

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Wolves: Facts or Fear

Wolves: Facts or Fear

Encounters with the endangered predators can have deadly consequences...usually for them.

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Science - buzz word or bedrock?

Science - buzz word or bedrock?

The Obama administration has talked a lot about the importance of science but their actions leave much to be desired.

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Obama to species: "We're too busy"

Obama to species: "We're too busy"

First it was about setting priorities and now there's just too much to do.

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Sticks & Stones

Sticks & Stones

Sticks & Stone may break my bones, but words (and bullets) hurt too.

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Alphabet Soup

Alphabet Soup

If it wasn’t so serious, it’d be tempting to LOL at what’s going on in DC.

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Wolves are in the Fight of Their Lives

Wolves are in the Fight of Their Lives

Cowardly political tactics have endangered wildlife on the ropes

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After the Vote: With Determination and Hope

After the Vote: With Determination and Hope

Executive Director Sean Stevens takes a moment to talk about how Tuesday's election results affect Oregon Wild, our issues, initiatives, and plans for moving forward.

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The Oregon Wild "Get Rich Quick" Scheme

The Oregon Wild "Get Rich Quick" Scheme

How the Equal Access to Justice Act is used to batter conservation groups...while industry gets a pass.

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Concerns Regarding Governor Kitzhaber's O&C Lands Timber Proposal

Concerns Regarding Governor Kitzhaber's O&C Lands Timber Proposal

Some points to keep in mind when discussing or reporting on O&C lands in the wake of Gov. Kitzhaber's timber proposal to Oregon's congressional delegation.

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Water-Starved Klamath Basin Refuges Forced to Drain Marshes

Water-Starved Klamath Basin Refuges Forced to Drain Marshes

Klamath-area National Wildlife Refuges are being forced to drain massive amounts of water, while nothing is being asked of industrial irrigators.

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The Best Process for Removing Klamath River Dams

The Best Process for Removing Klamath River Dams

In a strange twist, the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) has become the greatest impediment to the proposed removal of Klamath River dams.

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Just the Facts: Kathie Durbin

Just the Facts: Kathie Durbin

Former Oregon Wild Executive Director Andy Kerr reflects on the passing of journalist Kathie Durbin.

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Getting to Know Oregon's Wolves

Getting to Know Oregon's Wolves

You know the story of Journey and how he became the world's most famous wolf. Now get ready to meet Journey's brothers and sisters.

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Getting to Know Oregon's Wolves

Getting to Know Oregon's Wolves

You know the story of Journey and how he became the world's most famous wolf. Now get ready to meet Journey's brothers and sisters.

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Water Disaster Set to Unfold This Summer In the Klamath Basin

Water Disaster Set to Unfold This Summer In the Klamath Basin

Only a full-scale overhaul of the Klamath Project will begin to address the acute problem of too much water promised to too many entities in the basin, with native wildlife and fish paying the steepest price.

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Annual Water Shortages Degrade Klamath Marshes

Annual Water Shortages Degrade Klamath Marshes

Thousands of acres of National Wildlife Refuge wetlands in the Klamath Basin will go without water this year. All signs are pointing to an unprecedented disaster.

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The Howl

The Howl

Jonathan Jelen recounts the moment Oregon Wild came within shouting distance of one of Oregon's wolves, and reflects upon the struggle to secure the survival of wolves in the state.

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