Lookingglass Hatchery entrance road, parking area closed on weekdays due to paving project

Tweet Lookingglass Hatchery entrance road, parking area closed on weekdays due to paving project Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 ELGIN, Ore.—The entrance road to Lookingglass Hatchery is closed to all public access weekdays from sunrise until 6 p.m. due to a project paving the road and parking lot. The road will be open after 6 p.m. on weekdays and on the weekends. However, parking will be difficult as the lot and the pullouts along the entrance road may be obstructed due to construction equipment and gravel piles. The paving project is expected to be completed by early September. Contact Lookingglass Hatchery at 541-437-9723 with questions. ### Contact: Shaun Montgomery, Lookingglass Hatchery, 541-437-9723 Read more at...

No bag limit at Thief Valley Reservoir beginning Aug. 16 due to dry conditions

Tweet No bag limit at Thief Valley Reservoir beginning Aug. 16 due to dry conditions Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 LA GRANDE, Ore. – Dry conditions in Eastern Oregon and declining water levels in Thief Valley Reservoir have prompted local fish biologists to remove daily bag and possession limits on the reservoir starting Wednesday, Aug.16 until Sept. 30, 2017. Size and harvest method restrictions are also lifted so anglers will be able to take any size fish with a rod, a net or by hand. Thief Valley Reservoir on the Powder River is currently holding significant water, but the storage level is declining at a rate that would have it at ‘dead storage’ level by the middle of September. ODFW biologist Tim Bailey said that removing the bag limit now will give anglers a better opportunity to harvest trout that will die later when the reservoir is drained. “When the water level reaches ‘dead storage’, large numbers of trout get trapped in isolated pools,” said Bailey. “Most fish will be stressed in the warm, turbid water and die. Conditions when the reservoir is at ‘dead storage’ are also not conducive to the harvesting of fish.” ### Tim Bailey, Timothy.D.Bailey@state.or.us, 541-963-2138 Read more at...

ODFW moves to lethal take for Harl Butte wolves to limit further livestock losses

Tweet ODFW moves to lethal take for Harl Butte wolves to limit further livestock losses Department denies request for complete removal of pack; takes incremental approach to disrupt pack behavior Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 SALEM, Ore.—ODFW wildlife managers intend to remove some of the adult wolves in northeast Oregon’s Harl Butte pack to limit further livestock losses as non-lethal measures and hazing have not been successful in limiting wolf depredations. On July 28, ODFW received a lethal removal request from several affected livestock producers from a local grazing association after two depredations were confirmed in a five-day period. They asked that the entire Harl Butte pack be removed due to chronic livestock depredation. ODFW has decided to deny the request and will take an incremental approach instead, removing two members of the pack and then evaluating the situation. “In this chronic situation, lethal control measures are warranted,” said Roblyn Brown, ODFW Acting Wolf Coordinator. “We will use incremental removal to give the remaining wolves the opportunity to change their behavior or move out of the area.” In the past 13 months, ODFW has confirmed seven depredations by the Harl Butte Pack in Wallowa County, which killed three and injured four calves. Six of the depredations have occurred in an area that supports dispersed livestock grazing in large forested pastures on private and public lands.  ODFW believes that depredations may continue or escalate despite non-lethal deterrent measures in place due to the history of depredation by this pack.  When non-lethal deterrence measures are not sufficient, the state’s Wolf Management and Conservation Plan allows for lethal control as a tool to...