Late snow means stressful spring for deer herd, Winter severity index April 29, 2013 Wisconsin

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Late snow means stressful spring for deer herd, Winter severity index April 29, 2013 Wisconsin, Sawyer County Record
... A point is added for every day the snow is deeper than 18 inches and a point is tacked on if the temperature falls below zero degrees Fahrenheit... Winter conditions are considered mild if the station accumulates less than 50 points, moderate if between 51 and 80 points, severe if between 81 and 100, and very severe if over 100.  At the end of March, two stations were in the severe category (both in Iron County), six were moderate, and the remaining stations were considered mild. However, several stations are likely to move into higher severity classifications after the April data is tallied...

Dead deer piling up along Eau Claire and Chippewa Co. roads April 30, 2013 Wisconsin, WQOW TV News 18
... The DNR says that's because the Birchwood man hired last fall to pick up the carcasses has fallen way behind.  There are now at least a hundred deer between the two counties that need to be picked up ...

Never-ending winter a real killer for wildlife May 4, 2013 Wisconsin,  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... Reports of starved deer  ... The Winter Severity Index is kept between Dec. 1 and April 30...  "This is one of those cases where the index has to be supplemented with common sense." ... Zeckmeister said DNR wildlife staff was "ratcheting down" deer harvest quotas in response to the winter conditions. In some units in northwestern Wisconsin, the kill quotas have been reduced 30% to 50% from the original recommendations...

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