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Deer and Elk Serve as a Buffer to Livestock Attacks

posted Jan 29, 2016, 4:38 PM by chloe owens

11/16/15, by Eric Mortenson, Capital Press

Deer and elk serve as a buffer to livestock attacks

Wildlife biologist says healthy deer and elk populations are key to keeping wolves and other predators away from livestock…Oregon has 25,000 to 30,000 black bears, an estimated 6,200 cougars and a minimum o f82 wolves, according to ODFW. Biologists fully expect the state’s wolf population to continue growing. Wolves occupy only 12 percent of their potential range in the state…