WPR News
12:43 pm
Tue March 9, 2004

Wildlife Deaths Likely This Winter

Pinedale, WY – A significant number of deer and pronghorn have already died this winter in Western Wyoming. And the Wildlife Supervisor for the Game and Fish Department in Jackson and Pinedale, Bernie Holz, says more animals could meet the same fate. Holz says a harsh winter is partly to blame with some animal freezing to death. He adds that reduced amounts of food from years of drought conditions are finally taking their toll. Holz says they won't know for sure what percentage of the population died until this spring when they do a survey of deer and pronghorn. He says it could be as bad as 70% of fawns. He says that would impact hunting seasons in the future, but would not necessarily threaten the deer population in the area.