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What happens to deer when Maine's snow pattern isn't predictable? February 5, 2011

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What happens to deer when Maine's snow pattern isn't predictable? February 5, 2011 Maine Bangor Daily News By John Holyoke, BDN Staff

...The state’s head deer biologist says that mixed bag of weather could lead to an equally mixed prognosis for deer survival across the state.“restrictive conditions” exist when the snow is deep enough to keep deer from traveling efficiently to their feeding areas.

“Right now we’re in the throes of a rugged winter for the southern part of the state, central and Down East,” said Lee Kantar, a biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife....

In most cases, the threshold for “restrictive” conditions is about a foot of snow, he said.

When restrictive conditions exist for 90 to 100 days in a given winter, fawn mortality will spike.



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