Mule deer on winter range

Time to Make a Difference

It is time to make a difference and help Oregon wildlife have a sustainable future during the 2019 Oregon State Legislature regular session. House Bill 2829 will establish the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund (separate from the General Fund) to support the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to meet growing needs for research […]

Deer on the Move, Driving Safely

 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 […]

The Winter Range Story

What is winter range? Winter range is habitat deer and elk migrate to in order to find more favorable living conditions during the winter. Winter range is found predominantly in lower elevations of central Oregon and is extremely important to mule deer survival. Winter ranges usually have minimal amounts of snow cover and provide vegetation […]

Deer Crossing the Deschutes River

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 […]

Deer Hurt in Our Yards

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 […]

Advocate for Wildlife

What You Can Do Write or phone your legislator’s office, federal and state, to express your concern for wildlife and your support for wildlife crossings across Highway 97. Attend meetings where changes in land use affecting winter and summer ranges are being discussed and express your concern about the impacts on wildlife. Object to the […]