Less snow, more deer? February 23, 2012 Michigan

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Less snow, more deer? February 23, 2012 Michigan, Detroit Free Press

... Brent Rudolph, the whitetail specialist for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, said that whereas winter has a bearing on how many adult deer survive, it has a lesser effect on the deer numbers the next fall.... "That's more dependent on spring (fawning) conditions," he said. "If you get a mild spring and things get green early, there's better fawn survival ... the primary limiting factors are the amount of food available and the amount of fawning habitat  ...

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