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Bird flu concerns force new restrictions at wildlife center

CLATSOP COUNTY — Normally, the Wildlife Center of the North Coast would be drowning in ducklings right now. The Olney-based wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center sees several hundred a year and late spring is always an especially busy time. But avian influenza is on the move across the nation. Millions of birds have died from…

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Fish and wildlife commission prohibits sea star harvest in Oregon

It has been nearly a decade since researchers and beachcombers watched sea stars seemingly melt away in front of them. Beginning in 2013 and 2014, a mysterious disease decimated sea star populations on the West Coast. The cause of sea star wasting syndrome, which hit some 23 different species of sea stars, remains a scientific…