Drought hits deer with a ‘double whammy’

Wintering deer depend on a year’s new growth on sagebrush and other brush to survive. When drought slows or prevents that new growth, the animals are forced to eat less-nutritious plants, which can lead to starvation.



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Wintering deer depend on a year’s new growth on sagebrush and other brush to survive. When drought slows or prevents that new growth, the animals are forced to eat less-nutritious plants, which can lead to starvation.

The impacts of hard winters on wildlife are easy to see. Drought, however, can be imperceptible but equally deadly. “In terms of deer response, the drought is having much more…




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