Photo: Joan Amero.

Predators of Central Oregon

DATE: Jun 08, 2024
TIME: 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
PLACE: Metolius Preserve

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Want to learn more about the many predators found in Central Oregon? Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Gary "Gus" Gustafson to explore the world of predators—bobcat, cougar, fox, coyote, wolf, black bear, and more. Gus will help you learn more about their habitat, feeding preferences and techniques, reproductive behavior, and interactions with people. While it's extremely unlikely that any predators will be seen during the hike, Gus will help you to become more aware of the clues wildlife leave behind during their daily activities. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.

  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is a moderate ~3 mile hike on Metolius Preserve hiking trails.

    Route: This hike will start at the South Trailhead of the Metolius Preserve and follow Preserve trails. Terrain will be uneven at times.

    Elevation gain/loss: There is very little elevation gain/loss on this hike.

  • What to Bring

    Snacks/lunch, water, closed toe shoes. Dress for the weather.

  • About the Property

    The Metolius Preserve is a 1,240 acre forested Preserve near Camp Sherman, Oregon. The Deschutes Land Trust established the Preserve in 2003. The Preserve contains mature ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, and western larch, as well as a rich diversity of other plant species. Three miles of Lake Creek, an important tributary to the Metolius River, flow through the property, contributing to the rich habitat found on the Preserve.

  • Accessibility

    The Land Trust is working to make our Walks + Hikes as accessible as possible. Please let us know at least one week in advance if there is something we can do or provide to support you in participating in this outing to the fullest and we will accommodate as possible.