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Outdoors: Epic winter took a toll on local game


Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

A mule deer doe in Beaver Creek Park in late April. Local deer survey's were done earlier this spring Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and estimates are that the mule deer population is down around 20-30 percent after the vicious winter of 2017-18.

For the foreseeable future anyway, winter is finally in Havre and Hi-Line's rearview mirror. But the effects of the record-breaking winter of 2017-18 are still being felt, and all of them are not known yet.

That holds especially true for the local wildlife population, especially deer and antelope.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Wildlife Biologist Scott Hemmer of the FWP's Havre office said that this past winter was a rough one for local deer and antelope populations, but the hard winter came on the heels of several mild winters and springs, so things could have certainly been worse.


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