Deer, Elk, and Pronghorn
Sportspeople and wildlife enthusiasts alike appreciate Oregon’s big-game herds. Big-game habitats differ dramatically from one side of the Cascades to the other, with Roosevelt elk and black-tailed deer in the west and Rocky Mountain elk and mule deer east of the Cascades.
The Columbian white-tailed deer is a seldom-seen endangered species that populates western Oregon. Pronghorn reside in the high desert country of southeastern Oregon. The continent’s fastest mammal, it is able to sprint at over 60 mph in short bursts. The low brush of the open country east of the Cascades suits the pronghorn’s excellent vision, which enables them to spot predators.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel