Chronic Wasting Disease In Deer Found In Idaho For First Time; Oregon On Alert, Ramping Up Testing Of Deer, Elk

December 9th, 2021

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has been on the lookout for Chronic Wasting Disease since the late 1990s. Over the past 20-plus years, staff have collected and tested more than 23,000 samples from hunter harvested, road-killed and other deer and elk found dead in Oregon. No Oregon animal has ever tested positive for CWD.

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21 Senators, None From PNW, Urge Biden Administration To Restore Emergency ESA Protections For Wolves During Status Review

October 28th, 2021

U.S. Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Gary Peters (D-MI) led 21 of their colleagues this week in urging the U.S. Department of Interior to issue an emergency listing to restore temporary federal Endangered Species Act protections to the gray wolf in the western United States. No Northwest senator signed the letter.

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USGS Study Indicates Early Fall Wildfires In West May Increasingly Disrupt Pacific Flyway Bird Migration

October 21st, 2021

Early fall wildfires in the western states and the smoke they generate pose a risk to birds migrating in the Pacific Flyway, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey. GPS data from the 2020 wildfire season indicate that at least some migratory birds may take longer and use more energy to avoid wildfire smoke.

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