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After more than two decades of research and recovery efforts, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed Tuesday to remove the Oregon chub from its threatened status under the Endangered Species Act. The three-inch minnow is endemic to the Willamette Valley of western Oregon where it now flourishes in floodplain habitats of sloughs and silty marshes. The chub is the first fish to ever make it off the Endangered Species List — without going extinct.
The ESA turned 40 years old in December and a great deal of criticism has been aimed its way over the last few decades. Just a few short years after its conception, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the ESA was designed to halt and reverse species extinction “whatever the cost.” But some say that cost is too high. State and federal agencies spent more than $1.7 billion on threatened and endangered species in 2012 alone. Billions of dollars, habitat restrictions, and untold manpower stretching across four decades have recovered just 30 species. There are currently 1,519 threatened and endangered U.S. species on the list.
Historically the ESA has proven successful at arresting species teetering on the brink of extinction. It’s the recovery process that moves more slowly. Although 40 years is a short time to reverse centuries of human impact, at times the ESA list seems like a conservation black hole from which species rarely escape.
But this one tiny fish from Oregon is finally making it off the list. Here’s how. [ Read Full Post ]
There will be no toilet fishing at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
This information coming to the world via Canadian snowboarder Sebastien Toutant’s tweet showing a sign he found in a Sochi bathroom.
According to the sign, the only thing one is advised to do on the toilet is sit upon it. Things frowned upon include urinating into it while standing, vomiting into the bowl (or maybe bobbing for something in the toilet?) standing on the toilet, and fishing it. [ Read Full Post ]
This guy must have missed our video on pike gobbling down coots. Anybody who's caught a big pike knows that a pair of rubber gloves aren't going to help you too much — and this fish his huge.
The video has been making its way around the web for awhile now, but it's still a good reminder, especially for all the ice fisherman out there, that pike need to be handled carefully.
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Although you may covet a tackle box stuffed with lures, these essential baits will fool (almost) every fish that swims. Clear out your tackle box this spring and cast these super six baits.
Quick History: This topwater bait was developed in 1939 (although it has a wooden forefather called the Zarragossa). Its side-to-side action inspired the phrase “walk the dog,” which is how most describe the technique of twitching it across the water. Thousands of lures are now built to imitate this action. [ Read Full Post ]
This video was posted two weeks ago and is starting to pick up some attention on YouTube. An article from WJBq.com says "his fish was 43.75 inches long! The world record of a catch-and-release fish caught and pulled through the ice is 46 inches. No word on if they kept this one or not, but my guess is it will be mounted over the fireplace soon."
The video claims that this is a "Near World Record lake Trout," but it's clear this fish is not going to be a world record breaker. Either way, this is just a monster trout. Congratulations to the anglers. Check out the full video here. [ Read Full Post ]
YouTube user 1fishEguy uploaded this crazy video earlier this month in which he he has a close encounter with an osprey looking to steal his bass. The angler is fishing on a catch-and-release only fishery so he was careful to keep the bass away from the osprey. [ Read Full Post ]
Last week we posted a video of a pike snatching up a mallard duckling. Well ducks aren't the only fowl that need to watch where they swim. This video from the Netherlands shows a much larger pike grabbing a juvenile coot and devouring it below the surface.
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