Monday Morning Reads

I’ve got about 38,000 tabs open on my browser this morning — not a good thing when what I really should be doing is coming up with better coverlines for our January issue and writing an editor’s note.

But there’s some pretty interesting reads and topics out there.

This year’s weather has been flat-out weird in the Northwest, and Mark Freeman of The Mail Tribune has a good story on how it’s affected everything from bears to frogs to game movement. I think there’s a much, much longer story here.

Just over 500 miles north on I-5, the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission blogged about beaver deceivers on the upper Skagit River, and how the devices are helping to protect salmon-spawning channels from nature’s engineers.

Then there’s The Wolves — a whole pack of stories was delivered to my email over the weekend, including:

An Associated Press report out in the wake of Rex Rammell’s call for residents of a North Idaho county to form a posse and hunt wolves because “he didn’t think local, state and federal authorities would interfere.” The USFWS assures the AP legal action would be taken.

A New West article subtitled: “What’s a bigger threat to elk: Wolves or slob hunters?” that references two stories written by hunters on slob hunting that occurred in Montana’s Paradise Valley at the end of that state’s general season.

There’s yet another elk poaching on the Oregon Coast while back towards Portland, what may be the first book on Oregon game wardening is being self-published by a former OSP Fish & Wildlife Division sergeant.

Bill Monroe of The Oregonian interviews Joe Schwab about his book “Outlaws on the Big River,” an easy read of tales from Schwab’s two-decades-plus of chasing and pinching sport and commercial lawbreakers along the Columbia River and its tributaries, from Astoria to the John Day Dam.”

Amy, if you’re reading this at yer folks down in Newport, Santa says that Andy might like to see this book under the tree when he comes down for Christmas …

Another option might be a moose raffle ticket from the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council in Spokane. They’re just $10 and only 5,000 tickets will be printed, according to Rich Landers’ column in the Spokesman-Review. The money goes to state moose management and local conservation projects.

And just in case you haven’t had enough poacher news, Rich has more in his blog, including a bit about a man who allegedly hit four turkeys with one shot.

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