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Comment Archives: stories: Outside

Re: “Quit Killing Badgers!

I live near Madras. Just saw a badger yesterday around noon on my property. They are safe here, even if they dig the most giant holes Ive ever seen, in pretty suspect and inconvenient areas. We fill them in as they happen, to try and help keep our animals safe. But it only seems that they dig in August? Maybe into the fall a bit. I dont mind, theyre helping keep my rodent population down. Youd think that if areas all around us have Badgers as a concerned species... we would get on that too. :/

Posted by Adrienne on 08/23/2019 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Helping Wildlife Get By

Im so happy to hear that the wildlife rescue has reopened. It was a tragedy that it had to close. The people who were involved with the previous operation truly had their hearts in the right place. I hope the community will be supportive of this new operation, both financially and with volunteering. Its a huge job for anyone to undertake, and very important for our wildlife.

Posted by NurseNooch on 08/20/2019 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Of Pandoras and Other Moths

Calling all moth experts!!
Hello - I've just purchased a beautiful Boston fern to hang in my home but I noticed tons of what I think are Pandora moth eggs on it!!! Eek! I've removed as many as I can but I'm sure I can't remove them all -- is it ok to hang in my home or will I have an outbreak of moths?? Supposedly they need the pine needle soil to become full moths but I don't want to chance it.... I don't mind trying to grow indoors if I know for sure that the moth eggs won't thrive in the fern growing medium... it's a small-medium sized fern pot. Gosh I was so excited about this and it looks so lovely in my kitchen but I am afraid of a moth invasion :-/ Thanks in advance!!!!

Posted by Jasmine808 on 07/29/2019 at 7:49 PM

Re: “East Trails Project Off and Running

Enjoyed reading the article about additional trails in the area and, more especially, enjoyed e-bike acceptance. I do not own an e-bike, however, I am a female mountain biker, 55, and I want to enjoy doing this for many, many years to come. Also, my brother in law has had aorta replacement due to radiation from cancer in his younger years and at 60 he loves riding a bike, but needs an e-bike to do so. E-bikes assist pedaling which allows people to enjoy riding their bikes, who may not have been able to do so. It is fabulous! Great hearing about the trails! Thank you.

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Posted by Gal Outdoorz on 07/28/2019 at 5:38 PM

Re: “Of Pandoras and Other Moths

Fabulous article and well written. Thank you!

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Posted by NurseNooch on 07/25/2019 at 7:36 AM

Re: “East Trails Project Off and Running

Thanks for the "tee off" MajorMajor2! haha. I can't help myself.

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Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 07/18/2019 at 1:08 PM

Re: “East Trails Project Off and Running

If you are going out there don't forget your discs! There is a 27 teepad really fun small disc golf course that starts just minutes away. Bike and disc in the same day!

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Posted by MajorMajorx2 on 07/18/2019 at 10:25 AM

Re: “East Trails Project Off and Running

Great article!

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Posted by Brennan Morrow on 07/18/2019 at 9:50 AM

Re: “No, Really, We Do Need Bugs

He's dead Jim. The sky is falling on him.

Posted by Bradden Kerr on 07/16/2019 at 5:00 PM

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.

4 likes, 1 dislike
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.

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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

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