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Re: “Butterflies by the ka-jillions!

I think you helped explain what I saw yesterday (July 12) on Highway 20 passing over the Pacific Crest trail/Santium Pass. There were about 10 miles of butterflies flying into windshields. I thought I'd run into the Monarch migration but they were too small and wrong time and location.

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Posted by Brad Reynolds on 07/13/2019 at 10:50 AM

Re: “This Land is Our Land

Scooter -- I'll go ahead and Google that one for ya.


a person of Latin American origin or descent (used as a gender-neutral or nonbinary alternative to Latino or Latina).

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 06/18/2019 at 2:44 PM

Re: “This Land is Our Land

What is Latinx?

Posted by scooter rhinestone on 06/14/2019 at 6:22 PM

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

The parasites that these guys carry are called horsehair worms. The worms lay their eggs on plants at the bank of a stream, the potato bug comes along and ingests the eggs along with the leaves. When the worm has grown up in the abdomen of the bug, it signals it to go to water. When the bug reaches water, the worm bursts out of the bug and slithers into the water. Horsehair worms are filter feeders. They root themselves in the mud and filter stuff out of the water to eat. I have seem them a foot long. I did an autopsy on one potato bug and found a worm a foot long all wound up inside the abdomen. Unfortunately, it was dead as well.

Posted by Barbara Hunt on 06/05/2019 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Cougars on the Rise

Dear Mr. Anderson:

It seems as though the subject of what to do with cougars encroaching on populated areas is a topic of never-ending debate among my neighbors. Specifically, many see the practice of euthanizing these wild cats as too harsh and cruel, and wonder if less drastic measures might be just as effective in reducing/eliminating risk to humans, pets and livestock. Specifically, questions about live-trapping and relocation, or to haze them with rubber bullets in order to instill fear of humans in them seem to be what some of the population would prefer.

Is there a reason, based in science, that euthanizing these cougars is the only solution ODFW uses? I would really like to know. Actually, it would be very helpful to have a page on ODFWs website that addresses this question (their page on cougar management does not address this issue, even indirectly).

I have written ODFW requesting a reply to this question. I anxiously await your response in the event that they don't. Thank you for your attention to my question!

Posted by christomart on 05/19/2019 at 5:43 PM

Re: “Spreading its Wings

I hate to complain but this plane causes a LOT of noise pollution. Please do not continue flying it over populated areas!

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Posted by Too Many People in Bend on 05/12/2019 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Spreading its Wings

When it first went over I thought it was a slurry bomber for the forest service. The sound was a little higher pitched, but about the same volume.

It was pretty neat seeing one fly overhead today.

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Posted by Nabuquduriuzhur on 05/10/2019 at 2:02 PM

Re: “What to do about outdoor cats?

I was just told by my police department here in Junction City, it's illegal to have a trap on my patio.

Posted by Wal BLeigh on 05/09/2019 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Spreading its Wings

I am the coordinator for this event, and there are featured speakers each day, static displays of old antique Fords, the City's 1928 fire engine, antique and classic motorcycles and cars, and other aircraft. Burger lunch on Friday and Sat., and a Sunday Mother's Day all-you-can-eat $5 pancake breakfast, 8-10.

Book a seat on a flight, or check the daily schedule here:…

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Posted by kmuinch on 05/08/2019 at 10:56 PM

Re: “Cougars on the Rise

Another important measure to discourage cougars is to put window coverings up on your windows. I loved having my big farmhouse windows uncovered, but it enabled a cougar to see my cats lounging on the back of the sofa in front of the windows. It attempted to attack them, charging full force against the window which sounded like a bomb going off in the house. Luckily our storm strength windows held and all that was left was a big cougar face and tail print on the glass where his body was flung sideways and his launch tracks in the gravel outside the window. We now have shades up.

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Posted by Michele Smollett on 05/08/2019 at 8:56 PM

Re: “Cougars on the Rise

The woman who was killed near Mt Hood last summer had blood red hair. Really. I think the cougar thought she was bleeding. She was a smart person and I think she would have acted appropriately if she saw the cougar coming. She may have been moving fast because she started her hike very late in the evening. I talked to her just before she left and I thought it was too late She tried to get someone to hike with her.

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Posted by George the Hoz on 05/05/2019 at 5:33 PM

Re: “Cougars on the Rise

If You Are a Foreign National Seeking Asylum in the US and Encounter a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent:

Solitary agents often will retreat if given the opportunity. Leave the animal a way to escape.

Stay calm and stand your ground.

Maintain direct eye contact.

Pick up children, but do so without bending down or turning your back on the ICE agent.

Back away slowly.

Do not run. Running triggers a chase response in agents, which could lead to an attack.

Raise your voice and speak firmly.

If the an ICE agent seems aggressive, raise your arms to make yourself look larger and clap your hands [Hands up, Don't Shoot].

If in the very unusual event that a agent attacks you, fight back with rocks, sticks, bear or pepper spray, tools or any items available.

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Posted by Scott Randall on 05/02/2019 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Backyard Scorpions: We've got some of the stingers in these parts, but don't worry

I live outside Jacksonville Or. My wife let me know she saw one in the kitchen which I got rid of. I have a question does anybody know which one's are more venomous the red or black ??? Thanks

Posted by jammer-01 on 04/28/2019 at 1:35 AM

Re: “King of the Marathon

Congratulations Max on the Bend marathon acquisition! Really looking forward to seeing where you take it, and being a part of it.

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Posted by Alkthree on 04/12/2019 at 9:14 AM

Re: “King of the Marathon

Guess he would rather talk about some win nearly 5 years ago instead of getting whoopd on back in Colorado at a ski mo race last month.

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Posted by Frank Unny on 04/10/2019 at 5:51 PM

Re: “Hummingbirds Ahead!

I was thinking happy birthday wishes for you and dad recently!
Big hugs,

Posted by Jl2knit on 04/08/2019 at 2:23 PM

Re: “Hummingbirds Ahead!

Charles, can we go back to enjoying hummingbirds now?

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Posted by jmathieud09 on 04/05/2019 at 7:27 AM

Re: “Turkey Vultures are Back Again

@anonymous user above; I only spent about five minutes during my lunch googling this, but I was able to find this scholarly reference:…

It shows that in 1973 patagial tags for red-tailed hawks weighed 4 grams, and other birds' patagial tags had weights and sizes proportionate to their body sizes. I would be surprised if the weight had gone up with our advances in material science over the past several decades. Another quick google search shows the low range for red-tailed hawk adult weight at 690 grams. This means that the patagial tag is approximately 0.5% of the bird's body weight.

I'm not specifically aware of how much Jim Anderson weighs, but a 70 lb tag weight would put his weight at 14,000 lbs if the same proportion was maintained. Hopefully this shows just how ridiculous an exaggeration you're making here.

Another quick google: "Ethics of patagial tags". This string will return almost 160 scholarly articles considering various impacts of patagial tags specifically on various aspects of bird behavior and health, and some will include cost-benefit analysis of those impacts versus conservation benefits for the species. Different search strings would likely bring even more results. We cannot fix a problem we don't understand. Period.

Your comment assumes scientist blindly chase data at the expense of the health of the species they are researching. Frankly it is insulting to those who have dedicated their lives to conservation efforts.

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Posted by CMcCue on 03/18/2019 at 11:24 AM

Re: “Turkey Vultures are Back Again

How about a story about the number of animals killed and/or injured simply so some scientist can write a paper. Terrorizing animals simply for humans inability to understand things should have been stopped years ago as how can any relent data be collected from a terrorized injured animal with tags and radio collars attached to them.
Any scientist would laugh at you if you strapped a radio collar on a human that was a size and shape that was proportional to their weight of what we use on animals and expect to get any real data. If Jim Anderson was tracked, tackled, held down and had a 70lb radio collar strapped to his neck, a number spray painter on his forehead and a GPS tracker super glued to his back do you think it may hamper his reactions to movement and natural retractions to every stimuli he encounters.
Self proclaiming yourself a naturalist and citizen scientiest in no way means nature can survive your intrusions or barbaric actions.

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Posted by anonymous on 03/14/2019 at 1:37 PM

Re: “The Effects of Feeding Deer in Town

Agree with Hinza and Friends. Mule deer have declined over 60 percent in their range in 20 years. More deer are killed by vehicles and poachers than by hunters, predators or disease. Feeding aggregates them and that alters their movements in winter range, increases disease transmittance and makes them vulnerable to collisions or entanglement in fences by altering movements as they move between feeding stations. There is no GOOD food to feed them. Bitter brush is their main winter food. So if you want deer in your yard, protect their natural forage.
I would favor city and county ordinances to ban feeding deer and elk, with a substantial fine.

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Posted by salmonsister on 03/11/2019 at 12:25 PM

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