Record Winter Kill in Northern Rockies
As we have mentioned in the past, the record snowfall and cold in Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana this past winter has caused harsh die-offs in big game animals. However as the winter is starting to wear off and spring thaws the snow pack, now the true extent of the die-off is being discovered. Fox59.com has a write up on the extent of winter kill.
Based on aerial surveys of big-game herds and signals from radio-collared animals, experts are documenting high mortality among offspring of mule deer, white-tailed deer and pronghorn antelope. This comes as big-game animals enter the last stretch of a period from mid-March through early May that is considered critical for survival. Wildlife managers estimate die-offs in the tens of thousands across thousands of square miles that span prairie in northeastern Montana, the upper Snake River basin in Idaho near Yellowstone National Park and the high country of northwestern Wyoming near the exclusive resort of Jackson.