Harsh winters, habitat loss hurts Plains hunting December 30, 2011 North Dakota

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Harsh winters, habitat loss hurts Plains hunting December 30, 2011 North Dakota, Boston.com

... Three brutal winters and a steady loss of habitat ... Mule deer typically produce from 0.8 to 1.2 fawns per doe, but last year that number dropped to 0.59 fawns, ... said Randy Kreil, wildlife chief of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department ... "They may be pregnant going into the winter, but they're just not able to bring the fawn to birth ... they will reabsorb the fetus and use the energy to stay alive. If you have that happen three years in a row, you really limit the amount of new animals coming into the population."


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