JOHN DAY - The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife once again is asking hunters to drop off the wings and tails from harvested grouse at collection barrels located throughout Grant County. Wings and tails assist biologists in the analysis of information to determine the hatching chronology and age of the grouse population.

ODFW also is continuing with big game disease surveillance this year. Bow hunters are asked to contact the John Day field Office at (541) 575-1167 if they harvest a deer or elk. Biologists will collect a small brain sample from the animal. The process to collect the sample does not affect the cape or the antlers of the animal. The research will assist biologists with the on-going effort to assess the health of big game herds and survey for chronic wasting disease.

Members of the public are encouraged to contact the John Day Field Office for additional information pertaining to either the grouse or the big game data collection efforts.

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