Winter mortality rates for mule deer not likely to be severe

Apr 20, 2012 The Associated Press

PINEDALE -- Thanks to a fairly mild winter, Wyoming wildlife managers are not expecting significant winter deaths among mule deer herds.

Biologist Dean Clause of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department says initial surveys show a fawn mortality rate of about 19 percent this past winter.

Clause says that is below the average annual mortality rate of 30 percent.

Snow cover was relatively light for most the winter in many deer area, with forage readily available. Temperature were warmer than normal across the state as well.

Still, Game and Fish wants to get a better picture of mule deer mortality and is inviting the public to help it survey deer winter ranges in southwestern Wyoming.

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