Category Archives: Critters

Bald eagles on DOE’s Oak Ridge Reservation

2012-P01070A bald eagle nest was photographed on the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Reservation in April 2011. (ORNL photo/Jason Richards)

The bald eagle, the national bird of the United States and a magnificent bird of prey that for decades held a sacred spot on the endangered species list (it was taken off the list in 2007), has a presence on the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Reservation.

Or at least that’s presumed to be the case, based on documentation by scientists in the past few years and a sighting as recent as a week ago.

Kelly Roy, an environmental scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and wildlife management coordinator for the reservation, said he spotted a bald eagle near White Oak Lake last week. Continue reading

A not-so-hot deer season; only one kept for rad reasons

The third of three hunts this season on the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge reservation resulted in deer hunters taking 21 bucks and 17 does. According to information provided by Oak Ridge National, hunters also claimed one turkey — the only one taken this season.

Lab spokesman Bill Cabage said none of the animals killed during this past weekend’s hunt had excessive radioactive contamination. Only one deer for the entire 2015 season had to be retained because of radiological concerns, according to the statistics released this week. Continue reading

Good news: No rad deer


Darren Loposser of Kingston poses with his buck. (ORNL photo/Wade Gefellers)

Eighty-six deer were harvested last weekend in a managed hunt on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge reservation, and none was too hot to take home.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory spokesman Bill Cabage provided some statistics. The largest buck was 172 pounds, and the most points among those harvested was 13. The largest doe weighed 100 pounds. Continue reading