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District Biologist

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
Phone: (503) ***-****  HQ Phone
Oregon Department of Fish
3406 Cherry Ave. NE
Salem, Oregon 97303
United States

 
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www.eraptors.org, 15 Dec 2013 [cached]
Brian Wolfer District Biologist, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
"Raccoon is not one I think ...
www.eugeneweekly.com, 25 July 2011 [cached]
"Raccoon is not one I think of as being common with rabies," says Brian Wolfer, a wildlife biologist for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
But Zinke wasn't reassured by her doctor. She did some internet research and found cases in some states where even though rabies hadn't shown up in raccoons for nearly 50 years, someone had contracted it from one recently.
Zinke and her partner went back and got the rabies shots. The doctor's hesitance to administer them was off-putting, she says. She believes it was much more difficult than it should have been for them to be treated, especially since if untreated, a person can die of the disease.
Lane County does not currently provide wildlife control services. In order for the raccoon(s) that bit Zinke and her partner to be confirmed carriers they would have to be caught and tested. Wolfer says that the raccoon would have to be caught right away to make sure it was the right one.
"It's always sad to see animals ...
www.kval.com, 24 Oct 2012 [cached]
"It's always sad to see animals struck by vehicles, especially if it causes suffering to the animal," said Brian Wolfer, biologist with ODFW.
Wolfer said wild animals are part of what makes the forested areas around town desireable for homeowners.
And while breathtaking in their natural environment, on the roads, these animals can take your breath away, too: Deer like to cross the roads at dusk and in the dark.
That's a danger for motorists who "overreact and cause a secondary accident trying to avoid the animal, and those can be quite dangerous, too," Wolfer said.
The risk comes with the real estate in Eugene and Springfield.
"We've been able to do some of our development and housing in and amongst the natural setting, so, when you do that, preserve those natural habitats, you're going to have wildlife that lives there," he said.
Wolfer said it's not so much that urban sprawl has pushed people into the wildlife's habitat. Instead, deer and turkey prefer the company of city folk to, say, coyotes.
"You don't have the same level of predation that you would have in a rural setting," he explained. "You don't have the hunting seasons. You don't have some of the other mortality factors influencing the animals."
And people in town are literally feeding the problem, Wolfer said.
"When people feed the animals, it allows for a higher density than the habitat there should support," he said.
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"My wife's dog got smacked by a doe," Wolfer said. "When you have a dow with a young fawn, and a dog comes up and approaches them, she's looking at it as a potential predator and she might get aggressive and attack it."
Wolfer said common sense is the best approach.
"Don't feed the wildlife, watch out for them when you're driving, but leave them alone," he said.
ODFW wildlife biologists Susan Barnes and ...
www.ultimatewolfhunting.com, 19 Jan 2011 [cached]
ODFW wildlife biologists Susan Barnes and Brian Wolfer will discuss living with bats, birds, turtles, raccoons, coyotes and other wildlife in an urban area.
In Lane County and surrounding areas, ...
rgnews.registerguard.com, 30 Sept 2008 [cached]
In Lane County and surrounding areas, "the bottom line is more of the same of what we've had the last several years," said Brian Wolfer, district biologist for the ODFW's Southern Willamette Watershed District, based in Springfield.
"I can't say I've seen any big changes in deer numbers," Wolfer said."We have similar populations and buck ratios to what we had last year."
Local deer numbers have declined over the long term, Wolfer said, but the buck-to-doe ratio is relatively high.
For example, spotlighting surveys after the close of the 2007 season found 54 bucks per 100 does in the North Indigo Unit and 45 in the South Indigo.Buck ratios in the McKenzie unit (29) and in the east Siuslaw unit (31) were also above the management goal of 25 bucks per 100 does.
Wolfer said he was impressed by the large percentage of mature bucks that survived the 2007 hunting season.
"Nearly one out of three bucks we saw in our post-season survey last year were four-points," he said."Of course those bucks are cagey ... they don't get to be old by standing around looking at hunters."
A key to finding black-tails, the biologist said, is hunting areas with a variety of habitats that provide plenty of food close to good cover.
These days, the necessary variety of habitat is most often found on private timberlands rather than on public forests.Wolfer said he sees significantly fewer deer on national forests because of the lack of habitat diversity there.
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And lingering snows made counting difficult on neighboring units that were flown, Wolfer said.
However, "we didn't really notice any change" in population levels or bull ratios in surrounding areas, he said."For the Santiam unit, we had 10 bulls for 100 cows, which is right at management objective."
There's no reason to expect elk numbers or bull ratios in eastern Lane County to be much different than they have been in recent years, Wolfer said.
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"From my experience in wilderness, I can tell you they don't have a whole lot of good forage up there," Wolfer said.
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