WDFW feeding deer to protect orchards near Pateros in Okanogan County December 16, 2014 Oregon

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...  State wildlife officials are temporarily feeding deer to protect orchards in the Pateros area but say widespread feeding of Okanogan County mule deer is not needed at this time. ... most deer are faring well thanks to mild weather and below-average snow cover in the wake of the largest wildfire in state history in July... “Deer often concentrate during the winter near Pateros’ fruit tree orchards – independent of the effects of fire – and cause damage,” Brown said. “Until more deer fence is repaired, we are using feed to draw deer away from the orchards.” ... WDFW uses specially-formulated feed to fulfill – on a short-term basis – the deer’s nutritional needs... “Fruit and grains are not a normal part of a deer’s diet at this time of year and can be extremely difficult for deer to digest,” ..


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