Reuters is reporting a record number of wildlife die-offs in Idaho and the Northern Rockies.
A harsh season of heavy snows and sustained cold is being blamed for record starvation of big-game animals in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Heavy blasts of winter arrived earlier and lingered longer than usual, extending the time that wildlife were forced to forage on low reserves for scarce food.
Aerial surveys of herds concluded high mortality rates among offspring of mule deer, white-tailed deer and pronghorn antelope. In one particular area near McCall, biologists estimated the mortality rate among mule deer fawns was 90 percent this winter, compared with an average annual rate of 20 percent.