Autumn is a transitory season for area fauna

Mule deer 

Deschutes County is planning to hold a public forum on its plan to update inventories of mule deer, elk, and eagles. Inventory information available to wildlife officials is approximately 30-years-old.

The first phase of the project represents only the data collection stage and presentation of biological info. No changes to county zoning or other regulations have been proposed. A separate phase conducted at a later date would initiate the wildlife inventory.

“The goal for this phase is to present the data collected by the wildlife biologists to the public, give them some background on how that data was collected by our agency partners and consultant team, and give a sense of potential next steps,” said Tanya Saltzman, senior planner for Deschutes County Community Development.

Saltzman said a public online survey will be an opportunity for the county to gauge general interest in incorporating the new data into its development code and comprehensive plan.

The meetings, scheduled for April 15 and April 29 at 6 p.m., will be held virtually.

For the April 15 meeting, participants can join by phone by dialing 346-248-7799. For the Zoom Link, visit: www.deschutes.org/cd/page/wildlife-inventory-update. The webinar ID is 889-2006-9503. The passcode is 717743.

Reporter: 541-617-7818, mkohn@bendbulletin.com

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