Columbian White-tailed Deer
Douglas County Population

Post 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.

Post-Delisting Monitoring Report for 2003-2012 (November 2013)

Post-Delisting Monitoring Report for 2003-2010 (Septemeber 2011)

Post-Delisting Monitoring Report for 2003-2008 (June 2009)

Post-Delisting Monitoring Plan (May 2006)

2006 Post-Delisting Monitoring Report (August 2007)

2003-2005 Post-Delisting Monitoring Report (April 2006)

Removal from the Endangered Species List (July 2003)


Photo - Young male Columbian white-tailed deer (USFWS).

Photo - Newly born fawn Columbian white-tailed deer (USFWS).

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 Population

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.

Additional Information:

Photos of Delisting Ceremony

USFWS News Release
Delisting of the Columbian White-Tailed Deer

The News-Review (Douglas County, Oregon)
- Delisting Ceremony
- Guest Column by USFWS Regional Director
- Editorial



More Information

Federal Register Notice of Availability

News Release

Species Fact Sheet