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Comment Archives: stories: Outside: Natural World

Re: “The Barnes Butte Monarch butterfly-ers

Your photo is of a painted lady, not a Monarch butterfly. They are migrating to Mexico now, too. Google 'The Red Admiral and Painted Lady Research Site' for more information on their migration.

Posted by Mona L. Miller on 11/03/2017 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Things That Bite in the Night: Brown recluse and hobo spiders are getting a bum rap

Since this spider is so misunderstood I would love to sit down with an educated person seriously wanting to solve the mystery of hobo spiders. I have five specialists and twenty years of medical records. My first bite was in 1998 when I was barely 22. About five years after the bite my license was medically revoked due to brain deficiencies and other things. There is really too much to just write about. Even still to this day I have problems with residual effects. I have a great respect for spiders now only after conquering a extremely traumatic fear. I study any new information that I can find and sadly realize that much of the information out there is wrong or changing quickly. Ironically I will say I was lucky enough when I was bit the second time to actually find the spider in bed with me in the morning. The second bite happened years after the 1st and due to Medical advancements was actually treated the way it should have been and the recovery time was less than eight months. The second spider bite was definitely positively identified as a hobo spider. From what I can remember from the first spider bite they were both identical just treated differently by the treating doctors.

Posted by Opposum Pie on 11/03/2017 at 12:54 AM

Re: “Things That Bite in the Night: Brown recluse and hobo spiders are getting a bum rap

I do hope you figured our you are both wrong and right. Not recluse spiders. Hobo spiders.New to the Midwest from Europe. Unfortunately thrive in Oregon. Personally I have been bitten by a hobo spider twice. The first time when I was 22. It changed my life in ways you will probably never get.September 14
2017 I got my licence back after 15 years of it being medically revoked The first bite went basically untreated because people unwilling to realize it's possible for new species to travel with human help. Years later I actually found the spider in bed with me that bit me the second time. Even today studies are fresh with this spider. I guess I was one of the few you wrote about but would love to educate you further on this Spider.

Posted by Opposum Pie on 11/02/2017 at 10:56 PM

Re: “Cats, Cats... and More Cats: The indoor/outdoor cat dilemma continues

What are my rights and options in Redmond as far as far as keeping cats off my property?

Posted by Brandon Hobbs on 10/28/2017 at 1:07 AM

Re: “Natural World: The trouble with people and deer

The tally of cougar attacks is greatly exaggerated. I have been keeping track of cougar attacks in the US and Canada since 2000. I also have access to compilations by others. Since 1998, only three people have been killed. All were adults who were alone at the time of their deaths. One of them was a bicyclist attacked in southern California in 2004. There have been only three so far this year, all resulting in minor injuries. You can see my data and the other compilations here - (Check out the spreadsheet.) Wikipedia has a list of fatal cougar attacks in North America here -

The last child was killed in 1997.

A single adult cougar wont be killing more than one deer a week unless they werent able to completely consume their kill (bears, wolves and of course humans may displace them from their kills).

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Posted by Hissy on 10/26/2017 at 5:13 AM

Re: “Saving Sage-Grouse

This is an overly simplified opinion on an incredibly complicated issue...

Posted by Hintza & Friends on 10/20/2017 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Packing Off Pack Rats: Don't kill the rats, move 'em

Pack rats are very smart. My son got one in his house. It sprung his rat traps and hid them behind his stove. Then it tried to make friends. My son woke up one morning with it cuddling on his chest. I don't think he had fleas. At least I hope not. He ended up having to poison it because he doesn't have a live trap and chances are he'd come right back anyway.

Posted by Terri Baker on 10/13/2017 at 12:21 PM

Re: “A Different Kind of Classroom

Outdoor School is an incredible program and by passing Measure 99, Oregon voters gave an incredible gift to future generations. But Measure 99 didn't just happen. It took 4 years of dedicated effort by volunteers statewide to push this issue: forming a statewide coalition with the help of the Gray Family Foundation, writing and lobbying for the legislation creating a state role in supporting outdoor education and then collecting over 100,000 signatures to put Measure 99 on the ballot. A real tribute to the saying that a small group of dedicated people can change the world. We should never forget that the things that make Oregon special--our public beaches, recycling, bicycling, farm and forest protection--all started with ordinary people. Yay, Oregon! Go Outdoor School! Get the complete story of Outdoor School for All here.

Posted by Rex Burkholder on 10/12/2017 at 7:10 AM

Re: “Nina de la Tierra: Child of the Earth: The mystery of the Jerusalem Cricket

We do have velvet ants here (which are actually wingless wasps with a heckuva sting) but they are only about half inch long.

Posted by Marietta Roby on 09/11/2017 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Packing Off Pack Rats: Don't kill the rats, move 'em

People are filthy that is why some animals carry disease. Rats have purpose. They break down garbage that people create and leave on the ground or do not properly dispose of.
Rats and every other creature own the earth and were here long before people came and decided they own it. The fact is they are here to stay and people should evolve and adapt. Learn to deal with nature in a respectful way. Obviously I cant change or stop the killing the painful methods of rats suffering due to poisoning and drowning etc. Rats have families. They protect their young unless they are starving..they may eat their babies. They want nothing from people just to be left alone.
There are deterents other methods to try.
Im pretty sure sure if you believe in a higher power that killing any sentient being is a sin against nature.
People who dont want to live around rats should consider living in a high rise building.
Funny how people kill what they dont like.insects..etc..we just fill the earth w poison.
I guess its human nature and all its flaws.

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Posted by Veronica Nakulski on 09/09/2017 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Packing Off Pack Rats: Don't kill the rats, move 'em

I have pack rats in my shed. The first time I caught one in a live trap - I did relocate it. But as soon as I let it out of the trap a few miles from the house - it made a bee line for the tire of my idling truck. chased it from tire to tire. finally after a minute - I drove away, but kept wondering if it jump up into my truck before I took off. Now, I drop the trap in a n 8 gallon bucket of water and drown them. Since the fleas are a concern, I'm going to start drowning them in diesel fuel - that will kill the rat, and the fleas. I took mine to relocate it the first time because I promised my daughter I would not kill it. Stupid me. All you dummies out there relocating them.... just kill the damn things. They are disease infested rats for heavens sake.

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Posted by Gregg Powell on 09/08/2017 at 7:15 PM

Re: “Pity the Poor Bumblebee

well done

Posted by dwpbike on 09/08/2017 at 9:44 AM

Re: “Pity the Poor Bumblebee

Hi Jim,
Came across your site while looking for info on tent worms. I try to garden as sustainably as possible, so I'm leaving them in place along with the Balled face Hornets that are in the same Birch tree. Really enjoyed the piece on Honey Bees too.

All the BEST!

Posted by Robert Lapiska on 09/07/2017 at 6:39 AM

Re: “The Tortoiseshell Butterfly: Trust us, they're not monarchs

I believe this is the butterfly we just experienced a migration of in Sunriver, Oregon. Just after the Pandora moths seemed to disappear these little beauties appeared. Definantly not winter July 26-31. In the high eighties and even 90s. Curious, never saw them before this. I have some great pictures if you are interested.

Posted by Karen M on 07/31/2017 at 1:58 PM

Re: “What? You've Never Seen a Skink!: an introduction to this sexy, sexy lizard

just seen one for the first time in salida california...thought it was a snake. i too had to google it. it was gone in seconds. dont know where it came from or where it end up but the tail was awsome. i dont have a place where it might want to live so i am sure it was passing by. i have bark near where i seen it.

Posted by Bud Ralston on 07/29/2017 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Not a hawk, not a hummingbird; it's a sphinx.

Love this story!

Posted by Rockhorse Park on 07/28/2017 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Packing Off Pack Rats: Don't kill the rats, move 'em

Rodents might seem little animals to you but consequences of having them in your house are unimaginable sometimes. In the past decade more than 10 million people have died because of the rodent-spread diseases. This shows how badly you need to get rid of mice away. Have you ever tried googling How to catch a mouse? Well, hundreds of thousands of people search this phrase, indicating how serious this issue is. Even Tom doesnt know how to catch a mouseJerry.

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Posted by Michel Anthanoy on 07/27/2017 at 5:11 AM

Re: “Friend or Foe?: The truth about the black widow

I asked same they jump...NO ANSWER

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Posted by LeAnn McInelly on 07/25/2017 at 4:08 PM

Re: “Friend or Foe?: The truth about the black widow

I asked do they jump...... Stupid Google.

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Posted by Polaris on 07/22/2017 at 1:02 AM

Re: “Killing deer with kindness

Thanks Jim for yet another educational article on our natural environment; and unfortunately what we are doing to destroy it.

Posted by Alice on 07/09/2017 at 4:53 PM

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