SALEM - The Fish and Wildlife Commission recently adopted a Black-Tailed Deer Management Plan, Oregon's first-ever long-term strategy to manage these deer found west of the crest of the Cascades.

"Black-tailed deer are one of the most popular big game animals to hunt, a sport that generates millions for the economy," said Marla Rae, Commission Chair. "This plan will improve understanding of this important game animal and its habitat needs."

Last year more than 72,000 people pursued black-tailed deer during the general rifle season. A 2003 study found that black-tailed deer hunting in Oregon generates $35-60 million in net economic benefits.

Black-tailed deer are secretive and tend to live in dense forests, making them difficult to survey. ODFW has used hunter harvest, wildlife damage reports, plus many years of survey data to manage the black-tail population in Oregon. The plan will build upon this work while improving both data collection methods and understanding of black-tail habitat needs among landowners and public land managers.

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