Viewing in Oregon
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Wildlife Viewing

March 16, 2007

Bighorn sheep

California bighorn sheep can be seen on a regular basis in the Lower Deschutes Wildlife Area in the section of the Deschutes River upstream of Harris Canyon. The primary access to that area is by boat or bicycle. The bighorn sheep are in the southern half of the wildlife area, but in the northern section, viewers can see mule deer and upland gamebirds. In the spring, it's also a good place to see wildflowers and songbirds. Camping is available at Deschutes River State Recreation Area at the mouth of the Deschutes River, slightly more than one mile downstream from the wildlife area. To reach the wildlife area, which is 17 miles east of The Dalles, take the Celilo exit from Interstate 84 and continue four miles east to Deschutes River State Recreation Area. For information, contact the Lower Deschutes Wildlife Area at its office at 3701 W 13th St., The Dalles, OR 97058, or call (541) 296-4628.

Roy Gault's weekly wildlife viewing report is compiled from calls and e-mails to the Statesman Journal, from Oregon and Washington fish and wildlife department reports, and from various birders and Audubon Society reports. Gault can be reached at (503) 399-6723 or rgault@StatesmanJournal.com
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