LAKEVIEW, Ore.--The Warner Mule Deer Initiative Planning Committee will meet Wednesday, May 20, from 5:30-8:00p.m. at the BLM office, 1301 S G Street, Lakeview.
The 15-member committee will be reviewing its action plan for increasing mule deer numbers in the Warner unit and prioritizing issues including habitat, population management, predator management, disease, disturbance and harassment, law enforcement and public involvement and outreach.
Planning committee members include representatives from Oregon Hunters Association, the Mule Deer Foundation, BLM, U.S. Forest Service, Lake County Watershed Council, Oregon State Police, OSU Extension Services, Collins Pine Company, Lake County plus several ranchers.
Members of the public are welcome to attend to listen to the meeting. An opportunity for public comment is scheduled from 7:30 – 8:00 p.m.
The Mule Deer Initiative is a new effort by ODFW, partner sportsman organizations and land managers to increase mule deer in eastern Oregon. Warner is one of five wildlife management units selected for the initial effort.
Mule deer populations have declined across the western United States for a variety of reasons including loss of habitat, changes in land and predator management practices and other factors. Many of today’s hunters grew up hunting mule deer and want their kids and grandkids to have the same opportunities they did.
Mule deer hunting and viewing also contribute significant dollars to eastern Oregon’s economy. Last year, more than 74,000 people went deer hunting in eastern Oregon, generating an estimated $22 million for the economy.
For more information contact Craig Foster (541) 947-2950 or Michelle Dennehy (503) 947-6022.