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Comment Archives: stories: Outside

Re: “Central Oregon Now and Then

Great info! Id advise to also check out the FAQs on the Deschutes Historical Museum website for more info on local road origins and other fascinating tidbits!

https://www.deschuteshistory.org/about-us/faq/

Posted by BendReader on 04/16/2018 at 8:52 AM

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

If you find one black widow spider, is it likely that there is another close by or are they territorial to other spiders? I found one while cleaning behind a bedside table with it's web made underneath an old magazine. Scared me silly. I had seen one outside last year in an electrical box built into the side of my beach cabin which is the same side where I found the spider today. Should I worry about finding more??

Posted by Brenda Eagle-Timmins on 04/14/2018 at 4:38 PM

Re: “What to do about outdoor cats?

The writer's actions towards cats are disgusting and cruel. If someone were to do this with a neighbor's dog, this town would lose its mind. Bend loves its dogs, but dogs attack and harass wildlife as well and are often more destructive and obtrusive than outdoor cats. I cannot believe the Source would publish this garbage. I'm ashamed for the city and community that people who approve of this type of torture live here and freely broadcast their hatred.

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Catlover on 04/11/2018 at 3:34 PM

Re: “What to do about outdoor cats?

I agree that cats and dogs should be managed in urban/suburban areas. Thats why I dont live in those places. Here on my ranch, cats are supposed to catch mice. If I am feeding birds, I engineer the feeding station to reduce the possibility that my lazy cats will catch birds. That doesnt stop the hawks from eating the birds. My cats are confined during the night, as they lose their place on the food chain and become prey for owls, coyotes and larger cats. My cats are also tubby and overfed, which makes them poor mousers. Which still doesnt eliminate my serious rodent issues.

Posted by Mikeben on 04/09/2018 at 6:47 PM

Re: “What to do about outdoor cats?

Thank you for this piece, if for nothing else than to know I'm not alone. There are far too many neighbors who allow their cats to run free here. Most of them don't supervise their children, so any inkling of responsibility for destruction from their animals is unlikely. For me, it's not just the killing of wildlife in our yard (where we do have a lovely water feature for the birds, btw). It's also the damage to my gardens. I'm disabled and so I feel as if I have to work twice as hard to keep them up and I don't always succeed as it is. I've all but given up on direct-sowing seed in my garden beds. They never make germination because there are too many cats using the garden to do their nasty business and flinging the seeds about before they even have a chance to sprout. The smell of cat poop and pee is overwhelming and I'm truly at my wit's end about this. We expect dog owners to pick up the messes their pets make in public or on private yards while walking them. Consequently, why is it so far-fetched to expect a little courtesy and understanding from cat owners? Those of us who have to clean up after everyone else's animals have no recourse whatsoever.

2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Ladygaiaswheel on 04/09/2018 at 12:02 PM

Re: “What to do about outdoor cats?

My cat is indoor / outdoor and an avid mouser. He is far too well fed and lazy to hunt birds but he does enjoy the hunt and keeps the mouse population on our property to a minimum. Question: would he be subject to your water chamber torture or is it only the cats that hunt birds? I only ask because if we are going to call ourselves naturists perhaps we should not pick and choose the species we deem to be worthy of protecting versus those deserving of control and punishment.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by mollymauk on 04/07/2018 at 8:27 PM

Re: “What to do about outdoor cats?

Awesome story! Now how do we get cat owners to understand their irresponsibility and disregard to society?

2 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Squirrel whisperer on 04/05/2018 at 8:18 AM

Re: “River Talk

The fundamental problem with the Basin Study Work Group is that it is an informational study and no more. It in no way requires irrigators to take any action. The catalyst for change is the listing of the Oregon Spotted Frog as an endangered species. Accordingly, the US Fish & Wildlife Service will determine what changes the irrigators will be forced to make. "Forced" is the correct characterization. USFWS is a BSWG member but is in no way bound by any of BSWG study results. So, we are all waiting to see what USFWS will say later this year when they come to the end of their work.

-- coinformedangler.org

Posted by coinformedangler.org on 03/23/2018 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Natural World

Awww, Jim! What a lovely tribute to all the hard work and determination by all...including you I will add! So happy to still have this amazing camera up and streaming. By the way...this is the ninth year for this pair of eagles. Successful fledges of at least one and sometimes two eaglets each of those years...Good Luck Rocky and Petra!

Posted by janet.zuelke on 03/13/2018 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Natural World

To go to the cam, you'll need to put "www" at the front of the url. Cool service.

Posted by Clyde Gadfly on 03/09/2018 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Quit Killing Badgers!

I have seen several badgers over the years, but unlike the above commenters giving the exact time and location of there sightings, I prefer to keep that to myself in hopes they will not just be trapped or shot for fun. So the next time you decide to take a selfie with a badger, maybe keep it to yourself instead of condemning the animal to death for nothing more than a "look at me" Instagram post.

Posted by anonymous on 03/02/2018 at 5:20 PM

Re: “If Allowed, Raccoons Will Stay

I once had the opportunity to raise a raccoon from infancy, eyes still closed. I was completely successful in rehabilitating her into the wild. She did come back, but not to cause mischief, but just to visit a bit and then leave again.

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Posted by Jessie Reynolds on 02/22/2018 at 12:11 PM

Re: “True bugs can be kissers

That is not a kissing bug, and it's not scary. It looks to be a 'rough stink bug' brochymena. https://www.orkin.com/other/stink-bugs/do-…

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Posted by talena@eventdivasnw.com on 02/21/2018 at 6:11 PM

Re: “Quit Killing Badgers!

I was rowing across Owyhee Reservoir early one morning a few years ago, after rafting the Lower Owyhee, and saw some critter in the water swimming toward my boat. It was too far off to see clearly but was too ungraceful to be an otter and too unhydrodynamic to be a waterbird. When it got closer I was amazed to see that it was a badger, determinedly chugging along with an ungainly stroke, huffing as it cruised by my boat. I watched it swim completely across the reservoir, at least a half mile wide at that point, and scramble out of the water and up the bank and on to some apparently alluring destination.

Posted by Andrew Scott on 01/30/2018 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Quit Killing Badgers!

Pretty sure i just a badger. Just above Cantrall_Buckley campground on Jan 22 at about 4:00 p.m. in the applegate. Watched it walk across the dirt road through a yard and by an out building. An awesome unexpected experience!

Posted by Richard T on 01/25/2018 at 11:07 PM

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

Black widows can not bite a human unless it has its back against something for leverage to pierce the human skin. True fact: Like your shirt.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Rick Smith on 12/16/2017 at 3:50 PM

Re: “The Dark Side of Your Morning Cup of Coffee

Fabulous and enlightening article! I love coffee and drink plenty of it. I had no idea about this but, rest assured, I know now and will make more educated purchasing decisions. Thank you Jim Anderson!

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Posted by Tamara Donnelly Glass on 12/07/2017 at 9:58 PM

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.

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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

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