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Byline: The Register-Guard

Leave 'orphaned' wildlife alone, biologists say

State wildlife officials are reminding Oregonians that the best way to care about baby wildlife is to leave the animals in the wild. This is the time of year that mother deer, elk, birds, seals and other animals frequently leave their young to forage for food. Unfortunately, each year well-meaning people who encounter baby animals temporarily separated from their parents mistake the babies for orphans and remove them from the wild. Wildlife biologists say that, unless the death of the adult animal is witnessed first-hand, no baby animal should be presumed orphaned. When encountering baby wildlife, it is better to live by the motto, `If you care, leave them there.' Individuals who see an animal that clearly is in distress, is being disturbed by people or pets, or is in a situation that endangers the animal (such as lying near or in a road), should call the local ODFW or Oregon State Police office, or their local wildlife rehabilitation center.

Boaters reminded about carbon monoxide dangers

Four members of a Washington family recently died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning while boating in Idaho, prompting Oregon Marine Board officials to issue a warning about the odorless, colorless and dangerous gas. Carbon monoxide comes from exhaust fumes from the boat's engine. Fumes can accumulate very quickly. Idaho authorities believe that carbon monoxide built up in the cabin after the occupants put their cover up over the boat, to shield themselves from a storm.

"We want boaters to know how to identify the first signs of poisoning - which are headache and nausea. If passengers complain of these symptoms, get them into fresh air right away," said Ashley Massey, Public Affairs Specialist for the Marine Board. Carbon monoxide exposure could be the cause.

"Plenty of ventilation is the key," says Massey. "Keep the boat moving and be aware of wind direction if the engine is running." To learn more about carbon monoxide poisoning, visit www.boatoregon.com/Safety/Carbon1.html

FISHING, HUNTING & WILDLIFE VIEWING

Trout Stocking Report

McKenzie River: A total of 8,350 fin-clipped hatchery rainbow will be released this week between Leaburg Dam and Forest Glen Boat Landing near Blue River. These releases will include about 2,400 of the "larger" (12-inch) planters.

Other angling highlights

Rivers and streams: The following were stocked last week and should still be very good for hatchery trout: Blue River above the reservoir; Fall Creek; Hills Creek; lower McKenzie River (Leaburg to Bellinger); Middle Fork Willamette River near Oakridge; Salmon Creek; and Salt Creek. Spring salmon and summer steelhead fishing should be fair to good in the Santiam, McKenzie and Middle Fork Willamette rivers - counts at Willamette Falls Fish Passage through June 2 were 25,739 adult chinook and 9,002 steelhead.

Lakes and ponds: Alton Baker Pond, Blue River Reservoir, Carmen Reservoir, Cleawox Lake, Coffenbury Lake, Diamond Lake, Junction City Pond Loon Lake and Trail Bridge Reservoir were all stocked for Free Fishing Weekend and should provide good fishing for the next couple of weeks.

Columbia zone: Sturgeon anglers fishing in the Gorge are boating good numbers of oversized sturgeon on fresh shad. Angling for keeper-sized sturgeon, however, is slow.

Marine zone: A morning series of minus tides this week holds out the promise of good bay and ocean beach clamming. Angling for rockfish and lingcod is only fair; the average catch is three or four fish. Bay crabbing is fair.

Hunting

Timely tips: Want to find out how you fared in the 2006 controlled hunt lottery without waiting for mail notification? Enter your hunting license number into the form provided at: www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/big_game/controlled_hunts/

Wildlife viewing

Best bets: Most deer fawns are born during the last week in May and the first week in June. During their first week of life, they spend most of their time hidden in the brush. They are with their mother only during short feeding times. After they are a week old, they may be seen by driving forested areas and looking for does; the fawns are usually close at heel. Lane County has a high density of deer that are not afraid of being seen. If you find a fawn by itself, don't assume it is abandoned and attempt to rescue it. It is probably less than a week old and is waiting for mom to come around for its next feeding.

- 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: 20- and 35-mile rides to the Fox Hollow Road area and beyond, 6 p.m. at the Alton Baker Park pond in Eugene.

SATURDAY

GEARS: 40-, 50- and 70-mile rides to the Creswell area and beyond. Faster riders leave Alton Baker Park at 9 a.m., slower riders at 9:30 a.m. Details: www.eugenegears.org.

Umpqua Velo Club: Ninth annual "Tour de Fronds," featuring six different ride options of 30 to 80 miles in the Glendale/Powers Bicycle Recreation Area. Details: www.umpquavelo.com, or contact Paul Tamm, (541) 459-1385 or ptamm@cmspan.net.

The Obsidians: Larry Dunlap will lead a 38-mile ride to Hinman Vineyards. Details, sign-up at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

SUNDAY

GEARS: 25-, 45- and 85-mile rides to Junction City, Harrisburg and Brownsville, respectively. Faster riders leave Alton Baker Park at 9 a.m., slower riders at 9:30 a.m. Details: www.eugenegears.org.

Birding

TODAY and June 20

South Slough Reserve: Guided birdwalks at the national estuarine research reserve are offered every Tuesday during the summer, 10 a.m. at the Interpretive Center south of Charleston. Field guides, binoculars and spotting scopes provided. Fee: $1. Registration: (541) 888-5558.

Fishing

WEDNESDAY

G.I. Joes: Larry Sydow of Sy's Jigs will conduct a salmon and steelhead jig fishing seminar, 7 p.m., G.I. Joes, 1030 Green Acres Rd., Eugene.

THURSDAY

G.I. Joes: John Kunzman of Hooked on Fishin' Guide Service will speak on bobber and jig fishing for summer steelhead and bobber fishing for spring chinook salmon, 7 p.m., G.I. Joes, 1030 Green Acres Rd., Eugene.

Hiking

WEDNESDAY

The Obsidians: Marshall Kandell will lead a five-mile walk on the Washburne-China Creek Loop. Details, sign-up at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

THURSDAY

The Obsidians: Sheila Ward, 5.5-mile Siltcoos River-Carter Lake Dunes hike. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

SATURDAY

The Obsidians: Chris Cunningham, five-mile Sweet Creek Falls hike; Allan Coons, eight-mile Tire Mountain hike. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson St., Eugene.

SUNDAY

The Obsidians: Bob Huntley, 5.6-mile Battle Ax hike. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

TUESDAY, June 20

The Obsidians: Julie Dorland and Jim Fritz - 7.1-mile Opal Creek hike. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson.

Nature

SATURDAY

Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Tom LoCascio will lead a "singles work party" that will tackle trail improvement needs at the arboretum, 9 a.m. at the Arboretum Visitor Center. Details: 747-1504.

Nearby Nature: "Discovering Dads" is the theme of a two-hour family-oriented nature quest at Alton Baker Park, 10 a.m. at the Park Host Residence (between the dog run and the community gardens). Fee: $2 per person, $5 per family. Details, pre-registration: 687-9699.
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