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A dearth of options in reducing bunny population
Rabbits from Page 1A
Another solution could
be trapping them and bring-
ing them to refuges like the
Oregon Humane Society, St.
Denis said. But local animal
control only serves cats, dogs
and limited livestock in unin-
corporated Clatsop County.
The humane society ac-
cepts rabbits, but only if they
are surrendered by owners.
The organization doesn’t ac-
cept strays — which is what
the Tolovana bunnies would
be considered — and the group
already has a monthslong
waiting list, humane society
public information manager
Laura Klink said.
Rabbit rescues like Rab-
COLIN MURPHEY/THE DAILY ASTORIAN
One of the “Tolovana bunnies.”
bit Advocates in the Portland
area have been inundated for
years, said Mary Huey, the
group’s founder. A few shel-
ters, like Multnomah County
Animal Services, can accept
a large quantity of stray ani-
mals. But at most, the demand
of people trying to offload
unwanted bunnies consis-
tently outpaces the number of
homes willing to take them.
“The community is going
to have to get together and re-
alize it’s going to either stay
the same or going to get worse
if they don’t do anything …
And as a community step up
and find homes for these rab-
bits,” Huey said.
The situation leaves the
city with few options.
“The options are to kill
them or to trap them … And
then kill them,” St. Denis said.
The City Council did not
appear fond of either choice.
“I would love to see how
the (Chamber of Commerce)
would deal with the image of
Cannon Beach: Bunny killing
capital of the world,” City
Councilor Mike Benefield
said.
City councilors did discuss
some local measures, like en-
couraging homeowners to do
their own trapping and requir-
ing residents to keep bunnies
in hatches like they do chick-
ens if they want to keep them
around.
Mayor Sam Steidel sug-
gested looking into a ban on
feeding wildlife, since many
neighbors believe the prob-
lem is escalating because of
some residents and tourists
intentionally feeding the bun-
nies.
But City Councilor George
Vetter argued that even with-
out the extra treats, there is
enough natural foliage to
support a robust bunny pop-
ulation.
“There is plenty of grass
for them to eat, so I don’t
think having any control over
people feeding them will af-
fect the numbers,” he said.
For now, the city will con-
tinue researching and is open
to ideas from the public.
If nothing else, St. Denis
thinks Mother Nature will
help at least until next spring.
“I think the winter will do
a lot of the work for us,” he
said.
Anica Stemper’s recordings reach a wide audience
Stemper from Page 1A
After earning her English de-
gree, Stemper sought a change
of pace — and cooler weather —
and decided to make the journey
to Portland. She took a job with
Welocalize, where she would
listen to transcripts of requests
people would make and then
correct their grammar to help
develop Siri’s language skills.
“The hardest ones to listen to
were the ones about breakups or
relationship issues,” she said.
While entertaining, Stem-
per couldn’t help but feel rest-
less and unfulfilled at a desk
job. So she quit and decided
to head west, driving up and
down the Oregon Coast hand-
ing out resumes until she land-
‘I JUST WANT TO MAKE ENOUGH
MONEY TO DO WHAT I LOVE.’
Anica Stemper
ed a job at Pelican Brewing
Co. in Cannon Beach.
She had made the decision to
make music her career, “but bills
needed to be paid,” she joked.
She started recording and
sharing new songs and covers
aimed for television shows
on the music platform Sound-
Cloud. She describes her mu-
sic as cinematic and ethereal,
and draws inspiration from her
own life and the characters of
TV shows she enjoys.
“I love writing in other
people’s shoes. It’s my way of
exploring other emotions,” she
said. “At first I thought about
just producing and pitching an
album, but there’s something
fun about being a part of an-
other piece of art.”
About a year ago she
signed up with Crucial Music,
a label that represents artists
and pitches their work to tele-
vision networks. Soon after,
she received the news her song
“Wilderness” was going to be
featured on “The Fosters” and
“Once Upon a Time,” two TV
shows on the ABC network.
Since then, her work has
been featured on “The Shan-
nara Chronicles” on Spike TV,
“You Me Her” on the Audience
Network, and “Love Island,” a
British reality TV show.
“That’s when I realized I
can really do this,” she said.
With her songs streaming
on platforms, Stemper can now
pay for about half her living
expenses with royalty checks,
she said. Her profile is slowly
rising on the music scene, and
she’s not entirely sure where it
will take her.
What Stemper does know
is fame is not the end goal.
“I just want to make enough
money to do what I love,” she
said. “I just want to do this
thing that I love for the rest
of my life, however I need to
make that happen.”
Fall textile exhibit at the History Center
Cannon Beach Gazette
CANNON BEACH HISTORY CENTER AND MUSEUM
Textile art by Robin Montero.
The museum’s fall tex-
tile exhibit is on display now
through November at the Can-
non Beach History Center and
Museum.
The exhibit features the
solo work of artist Robin Mon-
tero, a Seaside resident. Mon-
tero has exhibited her work in
several galleries locally, most
recently at the Sun Rose Gal-
lery in Seaside. After years
“quilting” she discovered felt-
ing. Integrating both wet and
needle felting to create exqui-
site wall pieces, sculptures and
even lamps. Montero likes to
pushes the parameters of what
fabrics can do.
The Cannon Beach History
Center and Museum is a pri-
vate nonprofit museum located
in midtown Cannon Beach fea-
turing temporary historic ex-
hibits, a replica longhouse, tide
pool, and even the cannon that
Cannon Beach is named for.
The center is open from
11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday
through Monday and is dona-
tion based; 1387 South Spruce
St. in Cannon Beach. For more
information, visit https://cbhis-
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