Lander, Wy – Wildlife biologists say that recent cold and snow continue, more mule deer could die in the western part of Wyoming this winter compared to recent years.
Scientists say that recent steady snows have helped parched western Wyoming. The area has been parched by five years of drought.
However, the scientists say the snows mean deer in western Wyoming face a tougher struggle to survive.
Kent Schmidlin is regional wildlife supervisor with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in Lander.
Schmidlin says this winter's greater snowpack should improve wildlife habitat later this year and help recharge springs, drainages and water tables. But for now, the deeper snow makes it harder for deer to find enough to eat.