Letter: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife should get deer out of campgrounds and back into the woods

Ways to fix ODFW budget

I recently read that the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is $32 million short in its budget; not enough hunters are buying tags. In the same paper, I read that campers are being harassed in campgrounds by hungry deer. Putting these together, I realized I haven’t seen a single deer out in the woods where I live this year. They have all been in somebody’s yard or a campground.

Perhaps if the ODFW quit protecting all the predators, like wolves, bears, cougars, coyotes, etc., the deer would feel safe in the woods. Their numbers would increase and hunters would again want to pay for hunting a wild animal.

An alternative would be to demand a fee from the groups demanding predator protection. If forced to put their money where their mouths are, I wonder how many of them would suddenly have better things to do.

Terry Stafford


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