Mule deer

Oregon’s Deschutes County juggles religious freedom, deer populations

SISTERS, Ore. — In 2014, John Shepherd received some surprising news. Shepherdsfield, his nonprofit church that hosts weddings and other events, was in violation of a Deschutes County provision designed to protect mule deer and other wildlife. Three years later, however, that provision has trapped Deschutes County between a rock and a hard place. County planners are pursuing a code…