Gray whale washes ashore on Oregon beach amid spike
SEASIDE (AP) — Officials with Seaside Aquarium say a female gray whale was found Friday stranded south of Sunset Beach.
Biologists at the aquarium performed a necropsy on the 23-foot whale, but “nothing too telling was found,” the aquarium said in a Facebook post.
Officials say they collected heart, lung and stomach content which will also be tested.
On the U.S. West coast, about 70 whales have been found dead this year along California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska, the most since 2000.
Officials say that’s a fraction of the total number because most sink or wash up in remote areas and are unrecorded.
NOAA Fisheries late last month declared the die-off an “unusual mortality event,” and is providing additional resources to respond to the deaths.
Officials say the gray whale population remains strong at about 27,000.
Shooter fires at car after dispute at Oregon gas station
PORTLAND (AP) — Authorities say a car was struck by gunfire following a parking dispute at an Oregon gas station.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports a BMW sedan had stopped at gas station in Rock Creek northwest of Portland early Sunday.
Washington County Sheriff’s Detective Robert Rookhuyzen says a man drove up to the BMW and commented about how it was parked.
Rookhuyzen says shots were fired at the BMW after it got back on the road.
The car was hit at least twice, shattering the rear window and leaving a bullet hole in the trunk.
The driver and passenger in the BMW were not injured.
Authorities have not released a description of the shooter or his vehicle.
Oregon wildlife officials kill bear after people fed him
SALEM (AP) — Oregon wildlife officials have killed a young black bear that people have been feeding and taking photos with.
The Statesman Journal reports state wildlife biologists determined last week that the 100-pound male bear could not be relocated because it had grown accustomed to people.
Wildlife biologists found the bear eating trail mix and other snacks left for him near Henry Hagg Lake west of Portland.
Wildlife biologist Kurt License says the bear was too habituated to people, so it posed a risk to human safety.
Rick Swart of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife says a habituated bear is unlikely to stay away from people if it’s relocated.
Swart says people should never feed wild animals.