A powerful Washington state senator this morning blasted a federal agency for continued delays in authorizing the resumption of early-timed winter steelhead smolt releases into select Puget Sound rivers.
Federal overseers are stepping back from their conditional approval of again stocking hatchery winter steelhead smolts into three North Puget Sound rivers this spring.
The chair of Washington’s Fish and Wildlife Commission received a unanimous do-confirm recommendation from a state Senate committee earlier today.
ODFW’s 2015 auctions and raffles for Oregon big game hunting tags grossed a record $717,465, of which $413,987 will go to the Access and Habitat Program and $254,578 to big game research and management.
On an 18-12 vote late this morning, Oregon senators voted controversial nominee Bruce Buckmaster onto the Fish and Wildlife Commission.
He lived a good life, grew ginormous, unique antlers sporting incredible drop tines, occasionally had trouble staying awake, and was a favorite of many locals, but Bend’s famous muley, Buck Norris, died earlier today after being struck by a vehicle.
That’s 1,280 kings more than at the last check, May 6, and more than double the 12-year average.
Like last year, crabbers will have an extra month to catch their quota in Marine Area 13, said Rich Childers, shellfish policy lead for WDFW.
A trail camera stationed between Stevens Pass and Leavenworth captured captured several images of a wolf in February, a first for that part of the state.
A trail cam image of a canid wearing a black coat with a time stamp from the morning of April 23 and purportedly taken north of the town of Snoqualmie has turned up.
Noting that the state is expected to reach recovery goals in six years, Unsworth says WDFW wants “to have consistent management of wolves across the state.”