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The debate over how to regulate lead ammunition is heating up in Oregon.

photo Fryderyk SupinskiIn anticipation of the eventual arrival of California condors, Oregon wildlife officials are examining how best to get hunters to abandon toxic lead ammunition. In the heat of the high-desert summer in 2014, a crew of wildlife researchers drove the dusty, gravel ranch roads in eastern Oregon, eyes on the sky in search of big broad-winged hawks, like red-tails and Swainson’s, soaring above, scanning the landscape for rodents and rabbits.…
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by: Jim Yuskavitch – Autumn 2017

Killing to Conserve

Is it effective, or ethical, to cull one protected species to help another?

Halfway up the Oregon coast at a place called Sea Lion Caves, a $14 entry fee will buy you an elevator ride 208 feet down through solid rock into one of the world’s largest sea caves. Sea Lion Caves has been a coastal tourist attraction since the early 1960s, and the elevator that takes visitors down more than 20 stories in 30 seconds deposits them into an observation area overlooking the cave…
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by: Jim Yuskavitch – Spring 2016

World Biodiversity Hotspot Worth Much More than a Nickel

Trio of mining proposals threatens Klamath-Siskiyou region

If there were a place in the United States that possessed such biodiversity that it had been designated an “Area of Global Botanical Significance” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and also proposed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site…
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by: Jim Yuskavitch – September 23, 2015

Will Oregon Be the State to Solve the “Wicked Wolf Problem?”

An open process among diverse stakeholders has reduced tensions surrounding the predator

In scientific circles, a “wicked problem” is one that has so much complexity and so many variables — often contradictory and changing over time — that it is considered essentially unsolvable. When gray wolves were reintroduced into the Northern Rockies by the…
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by: Jim Yuskavitch – August 11, 2015

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