Deer are designed to move across the landscape to find forage, shelter and genetic diversity. This is more difficult in summer months when there are thousands of vehicles traveling on Highway 97. In Deschutes county, this is an historic migratory corridor. Deer cross the highway and feeder roads to reach summer range in the Cascades […]
How Disturbance Impacts Wildlife
By Lauri Turner, Forest Wildlife Program Manager, Deschutes National Forest, Supervisor's Office
Mule Deer On The Move
It's spring, and mule deer and moving across our roads and highways, through our neighborhoods and yards.
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Summer – especially in May and June – brings mule deer, fawns and the babies of other species into our yards and in our recreation areas. It is easy to assume that these young fawns have been abandoned and are in need of human intervention, but the opposite is true. Does hide their fawns to […]
Deer need water, and they need a buffer between them and human disturbance. When a deer sights a human, it stresses at 200 meters and flees. This can cause many deer to permanently abandon much needed usable habitat. As wildlife habitat continues to degrade and fragment due to human disturbance, deer are having difficulty surviving. The […]
It isn’t obvious to most people that strings of lights, hammocks, pails, tomato baskets and fencing can be deadly to deer and keep them from safe passage. Every day, ODFW gets called out on at least one rescue call to free a deer from a yard hazard. Most can be quickly removed or modified. A […]
You can do many things that will help mule deer and other wildlife remain here. Support ODOT transportation projects that include wildlife crossings. The one at Lava Lands reduced animal/vehicle collisions by 85% and over forty species have used it. Let your legislator know that you support crossings. Sign the petition that is on line […]
What are your priorities?
Our priorities for 2018 involve continuing to build a diverse, large coalition focused on education on the need for wildlife crossings. Following the successful example of Washington State, we are circulating a petition to have wildlife connectivity and ecology be a priority in all transportation construction projects, beginning in the hot spot areas on Highway 97 and associated feeder highways and roads in Deschutes County.
We will continue to research and summarize updated information to the public and to county and city agencies who make decisions that affect habitat fragmentation and connectivity. Often these decisions are made without benefit of updated data on wildlife habitat fragmentation.