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7 western states report heavy winter losses of deer, elk


July 4, 2017

Tracie Mitchell

A group of about 11 large male antelope graze in a field nearTen Sleep Sunday morning.

CHEYENNE (AP) - Across the U.S. West, wildlife managers are reporting above-normal losses of deer, elk and other wildlife following one of the coldest and snowiest winters in decades. Here's a look at what they found:


Mule deer and pronghorn antelope west of the Continental Divide in Wyoming suffered significant losses this winter, probably the worst in more than 30 years, said Bob Lanka, a wildlife supervisor with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Many areas saw up to 90 percent loss of deer fawns and up to 35 percent loss of adult deer.

The Wyoming Range mule deer herd, which...

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