Biologists Conduct Nighttime Deer Counts

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Wildlife biologists with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are conducting nighttime deer counts throughout Douglas County using official department vehicles with flashing amber lights and spotlights. Deer feed at night and are more easily spotted and counted than during the day.

"We count deer every spring and fall," said District Wildlife Biologist Tod Lum. "Our fall counts give us a good estimate of the number of fawns, does, and bucks going into the winter season. Spring counts let us know how many of those deer survived the winter."

Lum said this information is critical to helping his staff manage the population and provide hunting opportunities. Both black and Columbian white-tailed deer are counted, although there is currently no hunting season for the white-tailed deer which were just removed from the federal Endangered Species List.

ODFW employees will be conducting spotlight counts over the next few weeks in the following areas: Dixonville, Glide, Myrtle Creek, Oakland , Scotts Valley , Sutherlin, Steamboat, Toketee, Umpqua , Wilbur, and Winston.