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Hunting in Oregon: 15 Animals Designated Nongame, Endangered, Threatened, and Protected Species

By    |   Wednesday, 03 Jun 2015 04:14 PM

Oregon is a state rich in nature. With rain forests, mountain ranges, snow-capped volcanoes, lush river valleys, and surprisingly extensive high desert areas in the east, it is wealthy in animal life.

It is also a mostly rural state, full of small towns and farming villages, and so it follows that hunting is popular in the Beaver State.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife makes it easy for residents and visitors alike to obtain a hunting license and game tags, with many of its resources available online. But the state also manages its wildlife carefully, so be aware that holding a hunting license doesn't mean you can pop off anytime you see a flash of fur.

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Some animal populations have been overhunted, or seen their habitats destroyed to make way for suburbs, cities, highways, or tree farms, and Oregon is careful to protect threatened species to maintain the richness of the wilderness experience for future generations.

While few animals hunters might target are actually on the "threatened or endangered species" list – these include some whales and sea turtles, pelicans, spotted frogs, and so forth – some traditional target beasts are definitely off-limits. Many other animals are managed so that only a certain number may be taken each year.

The game tag system is designed to ensure that there will remain a diversity of wildlife for future generations to hunt and otherwise enjoy.

For instance, as Reuters notes, gray wolves are making a slow comeback in Oregon, and hunting them now may mean no wolves to hunt in the future, ever.

Many of these can be hunted, but only in limited numbers and during very short seasons, so check the ODFW's website for the current season schedule.

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Here's a list of 15 beasts under restriction:

– Canada Lynx: Threatened

– Gray Wolf: Endangered

– Kit Fox: Threatened

– Sea Otter: Threatened

– Washington Ground Squirrel: Endangered

– Wolverine: Threatened

– Bighorn Sheep: Managed

– Black Bear: Managed

– Black-tailed Deer: Managed

– Cougar: Managed

– Canada Goose: Managed

– Sage Grouse: Managed, may be listed as threatened or endangered soon

– Elk: Managed

– Mule Deer: Managed

– Wild Turkey: Managed

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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