Wildlife-Involved Collision – Interstate 5 South of Creswell

Creswell OR – Two drivers were not injured Friday night following a vehicle-wildlife collision on Interstate 5 three mile south of Creswell. Oregon State Police (OSP), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) urge motorists to be extra alert for wildlife on or n ear our roads.

On October 3, 2014 at approximately 8:10 p.m., a 2004 Honda Accord driven by a 60-year old male was southbound in the left lane on Interstate 5 near milepost 179 when the driver saw a deer standing on the right fog line. As the driver began to slow, the deer ran across the highway were the Honda hit it head-on. A 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by a 33-year old female was following the Honda and struck the rear of the car.

The drivers were not injured and both cars were towed from the scene because of damage sustained in the collision. The deer was killed.

According to ODOT, over the past 10 years more than a third of the total reported vehicle-wildlife crashes occurred September – November. During this season, OSP, ODOT and ODFW urge drivers to be aware of the possible dangers associated with animals on or near our highways. Extra vigilance is required. The following information may help reduce these incidents:

* The annual deer rut season typically lasts from late October to mid-to-late November, increasing deer activity in and around roadways.
* During the next few months there will be fewer daylight hours and visibility will be challenged by darkness and winter weather conditions.
* Be attentive at all times, but especially sunset to sunrise.
* When driving in areas that have special signs indicating the possible presence of animals/wildlife, please use extra caution because these signs are posted for a reason.
* Be extra careful in areas where there is a lot of vegetation next to the road or while going around curves. Wildlife near the road may not be visible.
* Remember that the presence of any type of animal/wildlife could also mean that others are nearby.
* When you see an animal/wildlife near or on the roadway, reduce your speed and try to stay in your lane. Many serious crashes are the result of drivers swerving to avoid wildlife or other obstacles and they crash into another vehicle or lose control of their own vehicle.
* The same advice applies for smaller wildlife like nutria or raccoons – try to stay in your lane and do not swerve for these animals. They are less dangerous to vehicles than big game animals; losing control of your vehicle is a larger concern.
* Always wear your safety belt, as even the slightest collision could result in serious injuries.

More information related to vehicle-wildlife collisions is available in a news release sent October 3 at: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/NEWSRL/Pages/news/10_03_2014_wildlife_crash_reminder.aspx

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Man Cited for Illegally Catching Fish

Photo Courtesy of Oregon State Police

Photo Courtesy of Oregon State Police

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife troopers cited an Astoria man on several commercial fish-related charges after seizing illegally caught fish.

OSP seized 748 pounds of illegally caught Chinook salmon and a 1,200 foot gillnet used to catch the fish.

Around 10:30 p.m. Friday, the troopers checked a boat belonging to Duffy Duncan, 66, of Astoria. While checking to ensure he was gillnetting in compliance with rules and regulations, the troopers determined his net mesh size was illegal and he was in possession of 44 Chinook salmon caught in the unlawful net.

Duncan was issued citations for commercial fishing prohibited method and 44 counts of the unlawful take/possession of commercially caught salmon.

The seized salmon was delivered to a wholesale fish dealer and sold at the going rate of $2 per pound. The proceeds will go to the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife.

ODFW Reworks Budget

ODFWEUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says a way of life in the state is declining, forcing it to rework its budget.

ODFW says with fewer Oregonians fishing and hunting, there is less money to pay for wildlife management and conservation. The department has to look at how it pays for those programs.

Officials say they are also planning on requesting a larger share of the general fund and increasing the license and tag fees for those who hunt and fish.

A budget proposal will be unveiled Thursday, followed by a public comment period.

A Tale Of Three Birds

Photo by Sandy Harris
Photo by Sandy Harris

I have had such an odd experience with birds lately.  It all started about two months ago.  One evening I was driving north on I-5 and just coming out from under an over pass, all of a sudden I sensed movement to my right.  My next view was a hawk’s face as it crashed into my passenger side mirror.  An unfortunate incident and a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I remember screaming, but held my car steady as I instinctively raised my right hand to shield my face.  I thought It was coming through my window.  I wasn’t sure if I should pull over, but that didn’t seem safe to me so I continued home.  I knew by the way it hit and the sounds I heard afterwards, there was no way he or she could have survived the crash. I cried all the way home.

When I got home, I grabbed my flashlight and camera to record the damage.  I didn’t quite realize the extent of the damage until the following day.  Not only had it taken my mirror off, the impact had caused large dents, scratches and scrapes down the length of my car.

Hawks can get up to 4 pounds, which is pretty heavy considering their bones are hollow.  He was a big boy and I believe he was every bit of that!  I think of that night every time I look in my mirror, and find it isn’t there.

Mourning Doves

Photo courtesy of ODFW Budeau
Photo courtesy of ODFW Budeau

When I first moved to my house, I heard this sweet sound, as if an owl was nearby, but then it seemed incessant.  The sound was all around me.  I began to see grey birds flying around.  It was them that were driving me batty!  My friend Google told me they were Mourning Doves. They have 5 different callings.  One of which sounds like an owl, who whooing.

A neighbor giggled one day and said it sounded like “who cooks for you” over and over again.  I had a hard time not hearing that when they sounded off, which is nearly constantly save for the evening when they are sleeping.  That is until another friend said it sounded like “Coo Coo Ca Choo!”  (yeah, you know the song)  My life!

One afternoon while sitting at my kitchen table, something caught my eye.  There hanging from my neighbors back porch was a cage with a Mourning Dove in it.  I couldn’t believe my eyes, so I grabbed my camera to zoom in closer (crazy lady alert) and sure enough!  Who would do that?  Cage a wild animal, let alone a Mourning Dove, there are plenty to go around.

I called Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife to find out the legality of it.  They told me it depends, was it hand raised or did she capture it from the wild?  Well of course I didn’t know, and since I have an inquiring mind, I had been trying to come up with a nice way to approach her to find out.

In the meantime…


Photo by Sandy Harris
Photo by Sandy Harris

One afternoon I heard a thump and realized it was a bird hitting my dining room window, which happens to be facing the neighbors yard.  I know birds hit windows all the time.  I figured he was just confused, I giggle it off as I saw him fly away, until it happened again, and again.

It became so regular that he was waking me up at 5:00 a.m., his beak tap tap tapping and his wings flapping and beating my window pane.  So frequent in fact that my cat simply looked the other way, not bothering to race to the window. So there I was, this crazy woman; flinging back my covers, hair sticking out in all directions, standing in my window arms flailing above my head at the thing trying to get it to go away!

I was at my wits end and looked this craziness up on Google one morning while sipping my coffee.  Robins become very territorial during mating season.  When they see their reflection, they think it is another bird and attack it, defending their territory.

Either I could wait out the mating season or cover my window up.  One of the solutions was to place colored tape down the length of the window every two inches.  That would have felt a little like jail to me (clarify, I have never been to the gray bar motel).  My neighbors came up with the newspaper idea. They gave me a few sheets from their recycle bin and blue painters tape.  I taped it to the outside of my window (I couldn’t tape it on the inside, as this would just cause more of a mirror effect).  It still lets the light in.  Problem solved!

I thought I heard a Mallard!

Photo by Sandy Harris
Photo by Sandy Harris

While sitting on my front porch one day, I heard a duck quack and thought it very odd!  A few days passed and I heard it again, this time I was washing my car in my driveway.  I peered over my neighbors fence (yep, the one with the Mourning Dove) and sure enough, there sat a  Mallard duck penned up inside chicken wire, along with two chickens.

Now, my blood begins to boil.  Two wild birds caged in my neighbors yard, this just isn’t right in my opinion!  I don’t want to be “that neighbor” but I don’t know what to do about this, it has to be illegal.

I decided to call the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.  The gentleman I spoke to immediately said no, it wasn’t legal and gave me the number to the Oregon State Police.  I felt like a little kid tattling on my neighbor.  Again the officer told me it depended if they were hand raised or taken from the wild.  I told him ODFW instructed me to call them and that it was not legal.

After being on hold a few minutes, they put me on the phone with their wildlife person.  I explained the situation to him.  I did the right thing by calling them.  He said unfortunately they get calls like this all the time.  He was at my neighbors door about an hour later.  The officer did call me back for a follow-up and explained they did indeed purchase the fowl from local businesses and that was legal.

Photo courtesy ODFW Budeau
Photo courtesy ODFW Budeau

I expected some kind of retaliation from her in some way, but nothing came thank goodness. I have come to peace with her birds.  Charlie the mallard escaped one day and ended up in my yard.  That was scary because how would he survive if he was hand fed his whole life… He was returned to his pen to live out his life with his chicken friends.

Robins Again

They came back, but now they are attacking my car.  I looked outside and there, perched on my drivers side mirror sat a Robin, waiting for his reflection in my drivers window, he knew the bird was going to come soon enough and he would be ready.  If you will excuse me, i’m headed to my shed for the blue tarp.

In-Town Hook-Ups: Fishing Alton Baker Canoe Canal

The author with rainbow trout from Alton Baker Canoe Canal.
Photo by Cevinah Chotard

This spring, you don’t have to hike miles into the wilderness or paddle your way into a high-alpine honey hole to make good trout fishing happen. You don’t even have to wait for spring to officially start. Catching nice-sized rainbow trout, in town, is as easy as taking a walk in the park—Alton Baker Park, to be exact.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) has kicked off its 2013 stocking schedule and the Alton Baker canoe canal, located in downtown Eugene, right behind Autzen stadium, is now teeming with tasty trout just waited to be caught. ODFW trout-stocking lingo breaks fish into four different sizes: “Legals” are 8-inch pan-sized trout, “Larger” means the trout is 12-inches, “Pounders” are 14-inches and “Trophy” trout are 16-inches long. As of February 4, this year, the canal has already been stocked twice with a combined 3,200 “legals” and 400 “larger” trout.

So let’s say you don’t have time to sneak off into the wild or take the boat out this spring, thanks to ODFW, you don’t have to. A nine-to-fiver with an Oregon fishing license can fish on his/her lunch break and make it back to the office without disturbing that busy schedule. Just make sure to pack a cooler, and maybe an extra pair of shoes. At Alton Baker, what landlocked fishermen refer to as solid bank access, local birds call the bathroom … so watch where you step. Keep those lines tight, and get out there now.

Here are a few first-timer tips for eager anglers looking to hook-up.

  1. Spin to Win: #2 Blue Fox spinners work pretty well in the murky canoe canal water. Silver works best but it never hurts to go with gold. Cast so you can retrieve over the area where you think the fish are. If you are fishing in one of the narrow portions of the canal, cast your lure diagonally upstream across the current.
  2. No Set Trippin’: “Larger” trout in the canal can strike a spinner pretty aggressively. Make sure you set the hook. Don’t trip this part up. A sharp tug right after the bite is all that’s needed. The last thing you want to see is that big fish jump, spit your hook out and swim away.
  3. Bird Watching: Anglers aren’t the only ones out to catch dinner. If you are having trouble locating where the fish are in the canal, watch some of the aquatic life that feeds on them. Take it easy and let the cranes and other waterfowl do the scouting for you.
  4. Taste the Rainbow: The best part about catching trout, is eating them. There are few backwoods delicacies as rich and wonderful as smoked trout. But if you’re fishing in the canoe canal, you’re probably pretty close to home, so you can really do it up right. Here’s how— Gut and clean your fish, then cut the heads and tails off. Next, soak them over night in a large container filled with red wine, soy sauce, and just a touch of brown sugar. After the 24-hour marinade, pull out the BBQ grill. Place just a few coals in the bottom, let them get white-hot then cover them with a heap of hickory chips. Toss your fish on the grill, cover it up and let those puppies smoke. It will take an hour or so but when they’re all done, the meat will come right off of bone and you’ll want to head back to the canal.

For more information on the ODFW stocking schedule at Alton Baker Canoe Canal go to:www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/fishing/trout_stocking_schedules/2013/Southwest.pdf