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Winter taking a toll on northern mule deer

February 22, 2010 at 08:30 AM

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - The tough winter in north central Montana is taking a toll on mule deer.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologist Gary Olson says it may be too soon to declare a die off. But the biologist stationed in Conrad says if tough winter conditions persist, the winter kill totals could become severe.

Officials say they are getting reports of mule deer dying in feed lots and front yards from Galata south to Lewistown.

State Wildlife Biologist in Lewistown Tom Stivers says he’s finding fawns starving to death in town. So far, he estimates retrieving 25 carcasses from front yards in town this winter.

Biologists stationed in other areas of northcentral Montana are not reporting any unusual die-off numbers for mule deer. But they say it’s still early to get an accurage mortality count.

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