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Cougar shot beneath motor home in Springfield

An Oregon State Police trooper shot and killed a young adult male cougar inside the Springfield city limits about 6:30 p.m. Sunday. After getting several calls about a cougar moving through the Seward Avenue area, state police received a report that the cat was hiding beneath a motor home at 2988 Game Farm Road, near Flamingo Avenue. The responding trooper shot the cougar because it "posed an immediate threat to public safety due to close proximity to houses and children playing," Sgt. Tom Hulett said. It was the second cougar incident of the weekend for the state police. On Saturday, a trooper investigated a "damage control" shooting of a cougar at 18159 Highway 36 in Blachly. The landowner was entitled to shoot the cougar because it had killed one of his goats, Hulett said.

Entire Oregon coast now open to razor clamming

For the first time in nearly four years, all of Oregon's beaches are open to the harvest of razor clams. State officials on Thursday lifted the clamming ban on the last remaining section of closed beach, from Otter Point near Gold Beach north to the Umpqua River jetty near Reedsport, after testing by the Oregon Department of Agriculture found domoic acid levels to be within the safe range.

In October 2002, a large bloom of the algae that produces domoic acid forced the closure of all Oregon beaches to razor clamming. At times over the past four years, segments of the coast would open, but new algae blooms would force closures. Normally, razor clamming south of Tillamook Head is open all year. Shellfish biologists say diggers are reporting limits at Bailey Beach, near Gold Beach, and Umpqua Beach near Winchester Bay, when tide and surf conditions allow. Healthy populations of clams are also reported at Whiskey Run beach near Bandon, which is open for the first time in two years.

Kayak, surf, fishing summer camps have openings

Space is still available for teens interested in kayaking, fly-fishing and surfing summer camps offered by the city of Eugene Outdoor Program. The kayak and surf camps are for ages 14 and up and fly-fishing camp is for ages 11-13. Fees range from $55 to $400, depending on the camp. Scholarships are available. For details, call 682-5329 or see www.eugene-or.gov/rec.

FISHING, HUNTING & WILDLIFE VIEWING

Trout Stocking Report

McKenzie River: The upper river (between Blue River and Leaburg Dam) will be stocked this week with 9,750 fin-clipped trout.

Area reservoirs: Carmen (3,000 trout), Smith (5,000) and Trail Bridge (3,000) reservoirs are scheduled to be stocked this week with hatchery rainbow trout.

Area streams: Fall Creek and Salmon Creek will each be planted with 2,000 trout this week, while the Middle Fork Willamette River near Oakridge will get 1,200.

Other angling highlights

Rivers and streams: Good numbers of spring chinook salmon and summer steelhead are available in the Santiam, McKenzie and Middle Fork Willamette Rivers - 30,078 adult salmon and 13,050 steelhead had been counted through the Willamette Falls Fish Passage as of June 17. Shad fishing is good in the lower Willamette River, the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam and the Umpqua River.

Lakes and ponds: East and Paulina lakes are reporting good catches of a variety of species. Crescent Lake has been good for kokanee and trout. Odell Lake should be fair to good for kokanee; the catch rate is best very early in the morning.

Columbia zone: Catch-and-release fishing for oversized sturgeon remains very good just below the angling deadline near Bonneville Dam.

Marine zone: Angling for fin-clipped coho salmon should be fair to good between Cape Falcon and the Oregon/California border when ocean conditions permit.

Hunting

Timely tips: More than 900 controlled hunt tags that went unclaimed in the recent tag lottery will go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. at license retailers statewide. For details, see the hunting resources page at: www.dfw.state.or.us.

Wildlife viewing

Best bets: Black-necked stilts are beginning to colonize Fern Ridge Reservoir. Look for these beautiful birds from the levees that create the impoundments southwest of the end of Royal Avenue.

Compiled from ODFW and Register-Guard reports. Updated information is available by logging on to www.registerguard.com/news/outdoors_front.php

CALENDAR

To submit events

Submit listings to: Outdoor Editor, P.O. Box 10188, Eugene OR 97440 or e-mail: mstahlberg@guardnet.com. Unless otherwise noted, events are free.

Bicycling

WEDNESDAY

GEARS: 35- and 40-mile rides to Gimpl Hill, 6 p.m., Alton Baker Park, Eugene.

Bird watching

TODAY

South Slough Reserve: Guided birdwalk at the national estuarine research reserve, 10 a.m. at the reserve's interpretive center south of Charleston. Fee: $1. Registration: (541) 888-5558.

Butterfly watching

SATURDAY

North American Butterfly Association: Annual Eugene-area butterfly count, 9 a.m. at the Campbell Senior Center parking lot, 155 High St., Eugene. Beginners are encouraged to join this learning experience in butterfly identification. Fee: $3. Preregistration required; call Sharon Blick, 683-4635, or e-mail: blick@toast.net.

Backcountry navigation

THURSDAY

G.I. Joe's: GPS seminar by Jeff Bongcayao, 7 p.m., G.I. Joe's, 1030 Green Acres Road, Eugene.

Fishing

WEDNESDAY

Cascade Family Flyfishers: Jeff Morgan, author of "Small-Stream Fly Fishing," will speak, 6:15 p.m., Eagles Lodge, 1375 Irving Road, Eugene.

Hiking

WEDNESDAY

The Obsidians: Sam Miller will lead a four-mile Tidbits Mountain hike. Details, sign-up at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

Oregon Natural Resources Council: Five-mile Hardesty Mountain/Mount June hike to the proposed Upper Willamette Wilderness, 5:30 p.m. carpool from the Walnut and Franklin Park & Ride in Eugene. Details, RSVP: (541) 344-0675 or cl@onrc.org.

SATURDAY

Eugene Parks Dept.: Interpretive two-hour park walks focusing on Northwest plants and animals, 9 a.m. Details: 682-5368.

Oregon Natural Resources Council: Six-mile Chucksney Mountain hike to see a portion of the proposed McKenzie Wilderness, 9 a.m. carpool from the Walnut and Franklin Park & Ride, Eugene. Details, RSVP: Chandra LeGue, 344-0675 or cl@onrc.org.

SUNDAY

Oregon Natural Resources Council: Six-mile hike to Three Pyramids in the proposed McKenzie Wilderness, 9 a.m. carpool from the Walnut and Franklin Park & Ride in Eugene. Details, RSVP: Chandra LeGue, 344-0675 or cl@onrc.org.

Nature

WEDNESDAY

South Slough Reserve: "Explore the Shore" outing to look at life on the tideflats, 8:30 a.m. at the visitor center in Charleston. Fee: $1. Call (541) 888-5558 to preregister.

THURSDAY

Oregon Natural Resources Council: Screening of the documentary film "Monumental: David Brower's Fight for Wild America," 7 p.m., REI, 306 Lawrence St., Eugene. RSVP to Chandra LeGue, 344-0675 or cl@onrc.org.

FRIDAY

South Slough Reserve: Nature outing "Under the Charleston Docks" looks at a special estuarine habitat that supports myriad interesting creatures, 10 a.m. at the Charleston Visitor Center. Fee: $1. Call (541) 888-5558 to preregister.
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