Saturday, May 19, 2007

Kodiak Deer Hard Hit by Winter

Up to 10,000 deer may have perished during the 2006/2007 winter according to Kodiak Area Biologist Larry VanDaele, as reported by KTVA in Anchorage.

Winter mortality was worst on the north end of the island where perhaps 80% of the deer died. Winter kill is not infrequent among Alaska deer, and in the winter of 1998/1999 as many as 75,000 deer may have died.

The hunting season will likely not be changed, but deer may be harder to locate on the north end of the island.

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