June 21, 2009 in Outdoors

Out & About

 
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Researchers wonder if urban geese are losing their migration instinct.Associated Press file
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Gone fishing: Man in hot water

OUTCAST – While William Peterson spent a recent week fishing and camping near Bend, Ore., up to eight law enforcement officers in three Willamette Valley counties were out looking for him, according to The Oregonian.

His wife, Pam, told police he had gone on an overnight fishing trip, didn’t say where, and didn’t show up for work.

But once he turned up last week, he told officers that she had told him during an argument to get out.

She says, though, that the argument was months ago and she’d forgotten about it.

Police saw no humor in this, nor did they forward a fishing report.

Wild goose chase at golf courses

OUTFIELD – Golfers may see some nervous Canada geese Wednesday morning at Hangman and Qualchan golf courses.

Washington Fish and Wildlife Department researchers are planning a predawn strike to round up the young geese so they can be marked and released.

The birds are in the molt and cannot fly, but the chicks can run and the parents can bite. This could be entertaining.

The study, in its second year, is trying to determine if urban geese are learning to avoid guns and migration by taking up permanent residence around cities.

Canada bound? Take passport

OUTLAW – Hiking and biking routes are beckoning in Canada, but as of last month, travelers are required to have a passport or one of several other federally approved documents to re-enter the United States from Mexico and Canada.

A standard driver’s license will no longer do the trick.

Approved documents include: a passport, passport card, Washington State enhanced driver’s license or a “trusted traveler” document such as the Nexuscard.

Exceptions: An original copy birth certificate suffices for children under 16 as well youths 16-18 traveling in organized groups.

High water limits access

OUTFLOW – Anglers and floaters are getting a reminder this week that Montana’s stream access law goes only so far – that is, to the “ordinary high water mark.”

While recreationists have the right to use rivers and streams for water-related recreation, they cannot enter private lands bordering those streams or cross private lands to gain access to streams without landowner permission, state Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials say.

Until high flows subside, there’s no public land along the shores of some Montana rivers.


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