February 6, 2023

Washington Snows Not Endangering Deer Herds, Yet

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Despite higher than normal amounts of snow in north central Washington state, officials there say it is not putting the mule deer population in any danger yet. The last couple of years have been somewhat mild and so having this snow early in the season might seem to some worse than it really is.

In 1996, despite deer feeding efforts to save the herd, the Chelan County deer herd was reduced about 70% due to starvation.

Officials will continue to monitor the situation. Thus far, no starvation incidents have been reported.

Tom Remington