Stuff to do, so I’ll let the stories speak for themselves:
Another ODFW wildlife biologist killed in a crash:
It appears Crystal Strobl was off-duty at the time, unlike Tammy Wagner who died in a wreck near Toledo while trailering equipment back from Corvallis.
OSP reports that Strobl’s motorcycle’s front wheel bumped the back tire of another bike in front of her as the riders braked for a slower moving vehicle and she fell off, losing her helmet.
“This is such a tragedy,” ODFW spokeswoman Michelle Dennehy told KTVZ in Bend. “I knew her — she was a wonderful woman and extremely talented wildlife biologist.”
Strobl was quoted in our two most recent issues, including the November Northwest Sportsman in which new Central Oregon columnist Scott Staats talked to her about Ochoco elk issues.
She was an alumni of the University of Idaho’s College of Natural Resources, graduating in 2002 with a B.S. in wildlife resources.
KTVZ further reports:
“ODFW mourns her,” Dennehy added, “and our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.”
Friend Misty Erickson, who was riding behind Strobl, told NewsChannel 21 on Monday that she was “a wonderful woman” who was very proud of her Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
Erickson said Strobl had only recently organized a benefit for motorcycle mechanic Shad Verney, who just got out of the hospital as he recovers from a bad crash.
“She’s a huge part of this community,” Erickson said, fighting back tears, noting how Strobl would take dozens of youngsters out skeet shooting on BLM land and do flyovers of public lands, checking on the wildlife.
A memorial fund is being established, Erickson said, and a celebration of life is being planned for Strobl.
We can all want wolf recovery/management to go more smoothly than summer’s rocky road in the Wedge, but if the Northern Rockies are any answer to this AP/SeaTimes headline, “Yes, there will have to be more.”
SeaTimes also put an editorial into yesterday’s paper about wolves:
Rogue River anglers “catching wild coho all day” — too bad they have to let them all go, though it’s also a good sign for future runs.
Bill Monroe’s got more from last Thursdays talks on moving commercial gillnetters out of the mainstem Columbia, and other ideas:
Billy Frank Jr. of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission weighed in on the issue:
Another big Snake fall Chinook return in the offing, if jack counts are any indication
Wanna know more about Northwest albacore? Google for this paper:
Migration and behavior of juvenile North Paci?c albacore (Thunnus alalunga)