Long Winter Taking Toll on Deer Population

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Great Lakes Radio News UpdateMARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)State wildlife officials say heavy late-winter snow will challenge the Upper Peninsula’s deer population.

According to the Department of Natural Resources, although early winter snowfall in the U.P. was mild compared to the past few years, precipitation late in the season  resulted in above-average snow depths that are continuing well into April.

DNR biologists say because of the conditions the region’s deer are looking thin and lethargic and they have already received reports of deer mortalities.

Although it is too early to determine the full impact of this year’s winter, biologists expect population growth will at least slow this year given the conditions.

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