Summer 2018 Edition
Watch Out for Wildlife in Summer
Barrier-free habitat is critical for their continued survival
• Deer need access to the river and other habitat corridors for survival. 
• Human development and recreation fragments the landscape and makes it difficult for deer to travel between important habitat patches.
• Unlimited recreation and development has to address sustainable habitat mitigations for deer and other species to survive.  
Protect fawns and your dogs
• Fawns often left camouflaged, while the does are out browsing.  
• They are not abandoned, and it is important not to disturb them or to move them. 
• When fawns are separated from their mothers, they don’t survive. 
• Does will act aggressively to protect their fawns from dogs who get too close.

• Protect them and your pets by keeping your dogs leashed. 
Yard Hazards and Problem Fences
There are many yard hazards that injure deer including hammocks, strings of lights, tomato cages, buckets and anything else that they can get entangled in. They can easily be removed when not in use.
Problem fences are a more lethal threat. Simple adjustments can prevent injuries like the one below. 
• The fawn in this photo lost her life after squeezing between two fence posts. When she got stuck, she dislocated her hips and tore her side. 
• Hundreds of deer get injured by fencing every year in Deschutes County.
• ODFW estimates that they get called out once a day to rescue deer caught in yard hazards. The photo above was one of five call outs in one day.
• Often some simple changes to fence design or modifications can prevent this.
• More on fencing is coming soon on our website. 
Animal Vehicle Collisions: 2015, 2016, 2017
• Mule deer are at less than 50% of their sustainability (ODFW). They appear plentiful because they are in our neighborhoods, but they are there because loss of habitat has cut off their migratory routes.
• For the past three years, there were 1,000- 5000 animal vehicle collisions in Deschutes County each year (sourced from ODOT, ODFW, Deschutes County and City of Bend). 
• Wildlife crossings reduce collisions by 85-95%, saving motorists $6500 in vehicle damage per collision, or $6,500,000 - $32,500,000 annually.  They pay for themselves over time. 
• The value of wildlife to tourism is an additional loss, especially to rural communities who rely on money that hunters and other tourists bring to their communities. 

• In a publication, “Hunting in America,” it is estimated that deer hunting in Oregon in 2011 brought in $80,807,211 in salaries and wages in Oregon.  The total for retail sales was $139,987,049. Additional dollars were paid to state and federal taxes. 

What You Can Do
• Support ODOT construction projects that include crossings to improve wildlife habitat connectivity. 
• Write or phone your legislators and county commissioners to make wildlife and habitat a priority in planning and land use decisions. 
• Sign our petition asking that ODOT follow Washington State’s example of considering habitat connectivity in every construction project.  See our website for this. 
• Drive cautiously, scanning the sides of the road for animal movement.
• Remove yard hazards
• Keep dogs leashed.
Save the Date!
Friday, September 28 at Ten Barrel East, PAM will host a Watch Out for Wildlife film festival. Three wildlife films, some featuring migration, will be shown. Mark your calendars!
Protect Animal Migration (PAM) is a registered nonprofit organization and fiscally-sponsored project of the Oregon Wildlife Foundation that works with public agencies to inform the community of the urgent challenges mule deer and other wildlife face because they cannot move barrier free to needed habitat. PAM partners with the Oregon Hunters Association (OHA) on these issues and on raising support for fencing at the Gilchrist crossing.
Find out more by visiting us at or emailing us at Or, you may contact Suzanne Linford directly at

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