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Tue., March 19, 2013, 6:39 a.m.

Saving Columbian whitetails rife with pitfalls

Columbian white-tailed deer that roam in Oregon’s Douglas County were removed from the federal Threaten and Endangered Species List in 2003 after a 20-year recovery effort. A distinct population of Columbian whitetails in southwestern Washington now appears to be recovered after reaching a goal of about 400 animals.  (File Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
Columbian white-tailed deer that roam in Oregon’s Douglas County were removed from the federal Threaten and Endangered Species List in 2003 after a 20-year recovery effort. A distinct population of Columbian whitetails in southwestern Washington now appears to be recovered after reaching a goal of about 400 animals. (File Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Wildlife agents plan to use a helicopter to drive deer into nets TODAY (March 19) at a refuge along the Columbia River at Cathlamet, Wash.

They hope to capture about a dozen endangered Columbian white-tailed deer at the Julia Butler-Hansen Refuge to move them to a refuge near Ridgefield.

An effort that began in January to move about 50 deer isn’t going as well as wildlife officials hoped, according to the Daily News:

  • Agents have captured 23 deer, but one died while being transported, apparently from stress.
  • Another was later found dead and three more were killed at Ridgefield by a coyote or other predator.

Officials are moving the deer because they fear a dike will break, flooding the refuge.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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