For families and communities all across Oregon, the fires this week have created a time of unprecedented stress and hardship. The hot, dry weather combined with unusually high winds have created extreme fire danger all across the Pacific Northwest, and thousands of Oregonians have been forced to flee their homes. Too many homes have already been lost.
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It was only a few weeks ago that the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) began testing the waters for an expansion of black bear hunting season in the Wild Rogue River recreation corridor. The public responded forcefully and the agency announced today it was abandoning it’s plan, saying in a release:
“The concept was introduced to the public for feedback in late June and the comments received did not show strong support for the proposal at this time.”