Emergency Feeding in 2017

Idaho Deer Population, Management News and Information Archive


IDFG ready to feed big game if needed January 5, 2017 Idaho, Newsbf.com
... “We are watching snow conditions closely and our regional wildlife program staff are in close communication with their regional citizen winter feeding advisory committees to assess where and when it is appropriate to initiate feeding operations,” said Jon Rachael, state wildlife game manager...

No need for emergency feeding at this timeJanuary 11, 2017 Idaho, Idaho State Journal
... Fish and Game personnel and the WFACs in each region of the state have developed a set of criteria that, when met, can trigger a winter feeding emergency.  Factors considered include snow depths, subzero daytime temperatures, crusted snow, animal condition, number of animals, winter range condition and the expected number of days of winter conditions remaining...

The deer are all right January 15, 2017 Idaho, Bonner County Daily Bee
... Fish and Game has started emergency feeding big game in eastern Idaho, where a wildfire last summer burned through a lot of the food supply, and in the Wood River Valley in southern Idaho to keep elk off the highway and out of agricultural operations...

Winter feeding needs to start before it's too late January 18, 2017 Idaho, Idaho State Journal
...  a proposal to add money to hunting licenses to establish a dedicated fund for big game winter feeding...  (HB596) passed but unfortunately was amended to include verbage for monies for depredation, along with other things... there is no incentive for the F&G to spend any sizable amounts of money out of the account for feeding starving animals, which was the true intent of the legislation...

Idaho Fish and Game closes 3 wildlife management areas January 21, 2017 Idaho State Journal
... The three WMAs were established to permanently protect portions of big game critical winter range in the Southeast Region. During severe winters like the one we are experiencing this year, approximately 2,000 mule deer, 250 elk and about a dozen moose can utilize these WMAs...


Fish and Game begins emergency feeding in Bellevue Triangle January 21, 2017 Idaho, Twin Falls Times-News
... The department this week set up emergency feeding grounds at Cove Ranch southeast of Bellevue, where 200 elk and 150 mule deer were raiding haystacks and creating a traffic hazard ... “We are trying to pull them away from (livestock) feed lines and busy roadways to keep drivers safe ...

More emergency winter feeding stations open across Southeast Idaho January 22, 2017 Idaho, Idaho State Journal
...To address depredations on haystacks by elk and to reduce their movement across highways, Idaho Fish and Game has been helping with hazing efforts, including the authorization of depredation hunts.  Snowmobiles have been used to move animals away from haystacks and off the roadways. 


F&G begins elk, deer feeding in south county January 25, 2017 Idaho, Idaho Mountain Express and Guide
... the department has been working with private landowners to plow out areas where it can spread the feed—hay for elk and pellets for deer. He said the feeding areas have to be reasonably accessible, but far enough away from fenced areas so the wild animals don’t interfere with domestic ones...

Agencies plead: Keep away from deer, elk herds January 30, 2017 Idaho, Twin Falls Times-News
...  disturbing the herds that this winter’s deep snow pushed into popular Wood River Valley recreation areas puts stress on animals already struggling for survival..

Idaho spending $650,000 to feed elk, deer and antelope February 1, 2017 Idaho, 6 On Your Side
... feeding about 10,000 elk, 10,000 deer and 100 antelopes ... at 110 sites around the southern half of the state ...

South-county wildlife feeding is going well February 15, 2017 Idaho, Idaho Mountain Express
... feeding of deer and elk at 17 sites in southern Blaine County ... some deer have been dying by eating alfalfa hay at elk-feeding sites.      “Their stomachs are stuffed with alfalfa—they just can’t digest it,” ...

... About 110 feeding sites are reaching more than 10,000 deer, nearly 10,000 elk and about 100 pronghorn. That represents less than 2 percent of the state’s deer and less than 10 percent of the elk... Other factors are also at play ... Local winter range has shrunk over the past century, and a noxious weed, rush skeleton weed, has choked out other plants used as food by big-game animals...

Winter feeding in motion on Tex Creek WMA February 27, 2017 Idaho, Idaho Fish and Game
... an estimated 4,000 elk and 2,500 deer migrate to winter range on the Tex Creek WMA ... But with the grasses, forbs and brush burned off this year ... They would find food just 13 miles away in farm fields, haystacks ...

...  the snow started to pile up in early January and then was crusted with ice by a combination of rain and frigid temperatures ... Fish and Game is only allowed to feed in emergencies, which are declared based on the condition of the animals, snow levels and temperatures... Widener’s crew put out three pounds of hay per elk per day ...

Wintering Wildlife Deaths Typically Highest in March March 22, 2017 Idaho, KPVI News 6
... Idaho Fish and Game says they've provided 500,000 pounds of deer feed and over a million pounds of hay to support our local wildlife in southeast Idaho alone... we've had four really mild winters that preceded this one, so our survival rates for fawns and for adults was very, very high ...

Fish and Game stepped in to feed elk and deer December 29, 2017 Idaho, Idaho Mountain Express and Guide
... Golden Eagle is in the county’s Wildlife Overlay District, which requires new subdivisions to demonstrate a “prohibition of wildlife feeding.”  ... Blaine County filed a lawsuit against five Golden Eagle residents over the elk feeding. The county’s suit sought a permanent injunction against feeding big game and compensation for the effort to stop it...  As of year’s end, the county’s suit remained unresolved...

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