IDAHO'S MULE DEER FAWN NUMBERS SHOW DECLINE AFTER HARSH 2018/2019 WINTER
Even with the green grass starting to show through in Idaho, the lasting snow pack is bringing adversity for the mule deer fawn survival rates.
The Idaho department of fish and game has stated that in some areas, up to 40 and 50 percent of mule deer fawns have already been lost. Predators definitely have play a role in this impact, but the deaths have mainly been a result of a long winter. Idaho experienced record breaking snowfall, especially in the palisades zone.
Biologists have been monitoring mule deer fawns and elk calves with collars since early winter, they claim that the 2018/2019 winter has resulted to be the second lowest survival rate of mule deer fawns in 20 years.
On the good side of things, the survival rate of the adult population of deer and elk are looking quite well. As of April 30, 92% of mule deer does, and 98% of cow elk have survived the winter. A final count will be done in June.