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Throwback Thursday: Bringing 'em Back

By Beth Krynick

At one time, gray wolves inhabited much of Oregon. Unfortunately, by the late 1940s, a very deliberate campaign had eradicated this iconic species from the state.

It would be more than a half a century before gray wolves would return in earnest.  However, before wolves showed up on their own, the US Fish and Wildlife Service had actually considered a plan to translocate them back into the state. A spring of 1984 Wild Oregon newsletter features a summary of the proposal to re-introduce wolves along with a list of potential sites.

July Wolf Update - Meet Me at the Beach!

By Stephanie Taylor, Wildlife Advocate
The most impactful thing anyone can do for Oregon’s wolves is to speak up. Sometimes that means writing letters or meeting with legislators. Sometimes it means going to the beach.

Ghosts of the Oregon Grizzly

by Ethan Shaw

In this final installment of our three-part series, we consider the extirpated Oregon grizzly’s ecological world and briefly look at the status of the existing grizzly populations nearest the Beaver State.

Read Part 1: Oregon as Grizzly Country and Part 2: The Last Grizzlies of Oregon

Rendezvous Reflections in Rhyme!

As it has been for most of history, Oregon is once again wolf country. Even so, they and other native hunters are seen by many as novel or – worse – as dangerous forces lurking on the edge of sanitized civilization.

The first ever Wolf Rendezvous poem thanks to Linda Farmer of Eugene:

Musings on Wilderness and wild-ness

By Marla Waters, Eugene Conservation & Outreach Intern

A Wild Wolf Weekend in the Wallowas

By Phillip Brown

The Last Grizzlies of Oregon

by Ethan Shaw

Last time, we considered the grizzly’s historical distribution in Oregon. Today, we’ll look at the geography of the bear’s retreat in the state; the story of a latter-day Oregon grizzly of much renown; and the bear’s ghostly presence on the landscape in the form of place names.

Oregon as Grizzly Country

A Brief History of the Great Bear in the Beaver State

by Ethan Shaw

In this three-part series, we’ll explore what’s known about the grizzly bear in Oregon—its historical distribution and its extirpation—and muse on its potential life history in the Beaver State. First up: an overview of just where the griz once roamed.

Read Part 2: The Last Grizzlies of Oregon and Part 3: Ghosts of the Oregon Grizzly.

The Bear Essentials

By Teresa Connolly

Got everything you need for your next hike or camping trip? Well how about your bear safety precautions? Whether you are new outdoor enthusiast or a well-seasoned veteran, take a moment to refresh your memory on the steps you should be taking to avoid an encounter with a bear.


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