Drought has come to an end in the Northern Rockies, but dry conditions are uncharacteristically plaguing the Oregon Coast. In Douglas County near the mouth of the Umpqua River, Oregon game managers have confirmed the first-ever EHD outbreak recorded in the area. Western Oregon is a blacktail deer paradise, but among the masses of little blacktails live the rarest whitetails in the west, a diminutive subspecies known as Columbian Whitetails. Roughly 5,000 of the dog-sized deer persist in Douglas County, with a couple hundred in Washington along the lower Columbia River. Biologists have confirmed at least 100 dead deer, mostly whitetails, along with at least one blacktail that also died from EHD. Mule and blacktail deer are about 90 percent less likely to contract the disease, although all of our deer are carriers of the disease. Still, a bad outbreak usually affects about 10 percent of a herd, while the disease can affect 90 percent of a whitetail herd in a given outbreak area. The scope of the Douglas County outbreak is unknown, as is the disease's impact on hunting opportunities.