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Columbian white-tailed deer

Odocoileus virginianus leucurus


The Columbian white-tailed deer was federally listed as an endangered species in Washington and Oregon in 1967. Upon the creation of the Endangered Species Act, in 1978 the deer was federally recognized as being endangered. On July 24, 2003, after decades of trying to save the Columbian white-tailed deer, the Douglas County, Oregon population of deer was removed from the Endangered Species Act. Efforts were carried out by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. Population numbers ranged from about 2,500 in the early 1980s to more than 6,000 today. It should be noted though that the deer in one region have been removed from the Act, whereas the Columbian white-tailed deer overall still remains on the Endangered Species Act. (Wikipedia)


Spotted at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge has huge grassy meadows and large pockets of wooded areas giving these deer plenty of habitats to help reestablish their species. This white-tailed deer usually lives in and around riparian areas. It can also be found in brushy woodlots that contain cottonwood, willow, alder, spruce, and dogwood trees.

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Washington, USA

Lat: 45.80, Long: -122.76

Spotted on Nov 10, 2018
Submitted on Nov 13, 2018

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