Cougars prefer deer over elk; especially fawns and calves October 9, 2010



Nearly two years after it began, a cougar-predation study in northeast Oregon points to deer as the big cats' preferred fare. Elk are chosen only half as often. 

Craig Ely, manager of the northeast region for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife,... the department put radio collars on 28 male and female cougars within the Mt. Emily wildlife management unit, outside of La Grande.


Deer made up 65 percent of the kills, about half of them fawns.

Elk were found in 30 percent of the sites, three-fourths of them calves. Male cougars killed most of the cow elk discovered.

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