Columbian White-tailed Deer Douglas County Population
Delisting Monitoring Plan
The monitoring plan for the Douglas County population
of Columbian white-tailed deer was published in May 2006. This population
of deer was removed from the endangered species list in 2003, and
the monitoring plan is designed to ensure that it continues to thrive
without the protection of the Endangered Species Act.
Description. Reddish-brown in summer, and
gray in winter, this medium-size deer has white rings around the
eyes and a white ring around the nose. A relatively long, brown
tail sports white fringe and shows white underneath.
Habitat. The deer are closely associated with riparian
(riverside) habitats. In the Umpqua River Basin in Douglas County,
the deer use willow and cottonwood habitats along rivers and streams,
and are also found in oak-savannah habitats in the upland areas.
Delisting the Douglas County
Successful conservation measures have resulted in a rebound of the
deer's population which now numbers over 6,000. Therefore, on July 24, 2003 that the Douglas
County, Oregon population of the Columbian white-tailed deer was removed
from the federal list of threatened and endangered species. The final
rule to delist the Columbian white-tailed deer was published in the Federal Register on July 24, 2003.