wildlife http://kuow.org en Oregon's Wandering Wolf May Have Met His Mate http://kuow.org/post/oregons-wandering-wolf-may-have-met-his-mate Oregon's famous lone wolf isn't so lonely anymore.<p>Biologists say it appears the wandering wolf OR-7 has found himself a mate.<p>Their evidence came from trail cameras set up in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Southern Oregon.<p>The cameras captured an image of a black wolf in the area where they've been tracking OR-7 with a GPS collar. Then they captured an image of that same wolf squatting to pee.<p>"That's how we have evidence that it's a female," said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist John Stephenson. "We were lucky to catch that on the camera. Tue, 13 May 2014 15:05:26 +0000 Cassandra Profita 34359 at http://kuow.org Oregon's Wandering Wolf May Have Met His Mate Death Of Popular Hawk Highlights Concerns Over Rat Poison http://kuow.org/post/death-popular-hawk-highlights-concerns-over-rat-poison The death of a beloved red-tailed hawk in Cambridge, Mass., has drawn attention to the issue of how rat poison is affecting wildlife.<p>Veterinarians say the hawk likely died from eating a rodent that consumed rat poison. Local birdwatchers had followed the exploits of the hawk and her mate, which they named Ruby and Buzz, for years.<p>The state of California recently announced a ban on the retail sale of certain rat poisons, known as second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs), because of the hazards they pose to pets, children and wildlife. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:40:46 +0000 editor 32660 at http://kuow.org Death Of Popular Hawk Highlights Concerns Over Rat Poison Top Officials OK Sale Of Oregon State Forestland To Private Buyers http://kuow.org/post/top-officials-ok-sale-oregon-state-forestland-private-buyers Oregon's top elected officials got behind a controversial plan Tuesday to sell off pieces of the south coast's Elliott State Forest to private interests.<p>Gov. John Kitzhaber described the move as testing the water for a future deal to move the rest of the Elliott into private ownership, potentially in the hands of a conservation group.<p>Kitzhaber, Secretary of State Kate Brown and Treasurer Ted Wheeler, who comprise the State Land Board, voted unanimously to move ahead on the plan. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 00:13:47 +0000 Amelia Templeton 25259 at http://kuow.org Top Officials OK Sale Of Oregon State Forestland To Private Buyers Northwest Wolf Sanctuary Wins National Accreditation http://kuow.org/post/northwest-wolf-sanctuary-wins-national-accreditation <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/09/091813MB_WolfHaven_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Any animal organization can call itself a sanctuary, and many do.&#160;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But only a few of those groups go through the American Sanctuary Association’s rigorous certification process.</span><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 22:38:45 +0000 Miles Bryan 20616 at http://kuow.org Northwest Wolf Sanctuary Wins National Accreditation Non-Native Rattlesnake Captured In Seattle http://kuow.org/post/non-native-rattlesnake-captured-seattle <p></p><p>A rattlesnake is something that you&rsquo;re not supposed to see in Seattle.&nbsp;But one was spotted this week around North 120<sup>th</sup> and Fremont Avenue North, sunning itself on a rock wall.&nbsp; Don Jordan, director of the Seattle Animal Shelter says an animal control officer was able to bag it and take it back to the shelter. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 22:01:46 +0000 Lisa Brooks 15708 at http://kuow.org Non-Native Rattlesnake Captured In Seattle Northwest Scientist Discovers Unlikely Father http://kuow.org/post/northwest-scientist-discovers-unlikely-father <p></p><p>There are lots of great dads out there. Not all of them are human.&nbsp;Lissa Ongman is an animal scientist who grew up in Woodinville, Wash. She's known two great models of fatherhood in her life. One was her own dad. The other came from a place she never expected.</p><p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 23:05:55 +0000 Sarah Waller 14895 at http://kuow.org Northwest Scientist Discovers Unlikely Father Surviving Washington's Wilderness http://kuow.org/post/surviving-washingtons-wilderness <p>Part of the lure of the Northwest is the proximity to wilderness areas to hike, snowshoe and camp in. But every year dozens of people hiking in Mt. Rainier National Park get lost or injured, requiring the help of search and rescue teams. Jason Knight is a co-founder of <a href="http://www.wildernesscollege.com/">Alderleaf Wilderness College</a> and program director of the Wilderness Certification Program. He talks with Ross Reynolds and answers listener questions about what you should know before you journey into Washington's wilderness. Below are some highlights from the interview.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 20:40:00 +0000 Ross Reynolds 6206 at http://kuow.org Surviving Washington's Wilderness Feds To Review Endangered Status Of Northwest's Reindeer http://kuow.org/post/feds-review-endangered-status-northwests-reindeer <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2012/12/121812JR_Reindeer_web_0.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho - The protected status of a small population of reindeer in the Northwest is getting a second look. Snowmobilers and an Idaho county that depends on winter snow sports petitioned the government to delist the animal.<p>The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed to do a status review on woodland caribou in the Selkirk Mountains of Idaho and Washington. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 19:48:28 +0000 Jessica Robinson 5384 at http://kuow.org Feds To Review Endangered Status Of Northwest's Reindeer Washington Considers Another Impact Of Wolves: Skinny Cows http://kuow.org/post/washington-considers-another-impact-wolves-skinny-cows Washington ranchers who can show that wolves are making their cattle lose weight could get reimbursed under a new proposal. The rule before the Fish and Wildlife Commission would expand a compensation program for ranchers living in wolf country.<p>Washington’s cattle ranchers aren’t the first to complain about skinny livestock. Ranchers in Idaho and Oregon also say the reintroduction of wolves has made sheep and cattle move more and eat less.<p>That translates into the bottom line, says Dave Ware. Wed, 31 Oct 2012 16:49:53 +0000 Jessica Robinson 2692 at http://kuow.org Washington Considers Another Impact Of Wolves: Skinny Cows Pink Dolphins In The Trees http://kuow.org/post/pink-dolphins-trees <p>The Amazon River is home to a creature that looks like it was conjured out of a dream: pink river dolphins. They have long, toothy snouts, and adult males can turn bubblegum pink. But what really makes these creatures unique is their habitat. When the Amazon River floods each year, the surrounding forest fills with water. The dolphins are free to swim where no other dolphins do: among the tops of trees.</p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 20:57:48 +0000 Sarah Waller 1117 at http://kuow.org Pink Dolphins In The Trees