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Beginning March 23, all ODFW offices will be closed to visitors. ODFW staff will be available by phone and email.

Wildlife Viewing


From the diminutive American pika to the majestic moose, a wide variety of mammals call Oregon home.

Some of Oregon's larger mammals, such as deer and elk can easily be seen at places like Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area, Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area, and the North Bank Habitat Management Area.  Black-tailed deer are frequently seen in western Oregon along roadsides. Commonly seen animals include raccoons, rabbits, squirrels, and skunks.

A quiet walk in the forest or desert, a keen eye and a good pair of binoculars will reward you with glimpses of some of our more secretive animals. Some viewing tips include: keep your distance, move as silently as possible or pick a spot and remain still, leave pets at home, and blend in with the environment.

Be sure to check out our safety tips on recreating in bear and cougar country before you head out on your wildlife viewing adventure.