Deer mortality estimated at 80% in some areas November 30, 2012 Alaska

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Deer mortality estimated at 80% in some areas November 30, 2012 Alaska, Cordova Times
Last winter's historic snowfall buried forest plants that deer rely on, driving them down to shorelines and foods such as alder and kelp that cannot sustain them. Last season's mortality rates are estimated as high as 80%, possibly higher in some areas... According to [Dave Crowley, biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game] ...  the last bad winter for the region's deer population was 1998-1999, with a 55% mortality rate.  "It takes a series of mild winters for the deer to spring back, about four depending on variables,"  ...


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