Bald eagle shot and killed — Someone shot a bald eagle to death in Western Oregon, and the police want to find out who did it. Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife troopers are seeking tips from the public. The troopers responded Wednesday to a report that a bald eagle was seen dead in Lower Cow Creek, in Douglas County. A photo showed the bird face-down in the water. They determined it was shot one to two days before being found. A reward up to $2,500 is offered for information leading to a conviction. The killing, or possession of a bald eagle or its parts, is punishable by imprisonment of up to one year and a fine of up to $100,000.
Dry conditions cause worry about salmon runs, fires — Conditions are dry in Southern Oregon. With streams running at a trickle, fish biologists are worried about access for spawning salmon. Fire officials have asked the public to avoid outdoor burning until it rains. Ryan Battleson, biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in Central Point, said small streams need more water to provide habitat for juvenile coho and steelhead. No rain is forecast for at least a week. October’s 0.61 inches of rain in Grants Pass was about 25% of average. The dry conditions have also slowed prescribed burning and slash pile burning at lower elevations. The fire season ended Oct. 1 but Shelly Hoffer of the Oregon Department of Forestry said the department is still putting out wildfires.
FBI: Cybercrimes on the rise — FBI agents in Oregon say the number of computer-related crimes has soared in the state, with losses surpassing $24 million this year alone. Most of the money has been stolen by organized crime groups targeting individuals and employees of organizations with access to a lot of money. They trick victims into making wire transfers to bank accounts controlled by the criminals. The FBI said Friday that in 2018, $12.4 million was stolen from victims in Oregon using this so-called business email compromise. From January through Sept. 30 of 2019, losses totaled around $12 million, on track to exceed last year. Other cybercrimes include romance scams and extortion.