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Donating Roadkilled Deer to Rescued White Wolves

It's no accident the White Wolf Sanctuary near Tidewater, Oregon named one of its Arctic white wolves "Odot." For close to eight years the Oregon Department of Transportation, or ODOT, has been donating roadkilled deer (and sometimes elk) to the sanctuary--home to six white wolves that had been abused or neglected in captivity and would therefore be unable to survive in the wild. When a deer is killed on a State highway or side road within 80 miles of the sanctuary, ODOT maintenance crews contact sanctuary staff, who drive to the location and pick up the carcass. Or, if maintenance personnel discover a usable deer carcass on a State road close to the sanctuary, they pick it up and deliver it themselves. The dead deer make up about ten percent of the wolves' daily diet, and the ongoing partnership between ODOT and the White Wolf Sanctuary has inspired similar cooperative efforts between the sanctuary and other State agencies.
 
--Aug 21, 2006

Jerry Stokes, (541) 543-6400 ext 5 or Jerry.Stokes@odot.state.or.us

photo of Odot, the white wolf
ODOT photo
"Odot", the white wolf.

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