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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

For immediate release
Thursday, September 12, 2003
Contact: Anne Pressentin Young
Information and Education Division
(503) 947-6020
3406 Cherry Avenue NE
Salem, OR 97303-4924



In other action, the Commission

- Heard the 2003 Willamette River spring chinook return is the second largest on record at 125,000 fish and the number that crossed Willamette Falls was the highest on record at 87,500 spring chinook;

- Learned the Bear and Booth Fire Complex in central Oregon has led to a public access closure to 60 percent of the Metolius big game management unit which could affect this fallís controlled hunts;

- Awarded two controlled hunt bighorn sheep tags to the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation for the 2003 season;

- Heard a briefing on the current status of warmwater fish management in Oregon; and

- Received a briefing from ODFW staff and invited experts on Oregonís trap check intervals in preparation for potential rulemaking in October.






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