Deer, such as this whitetail doe near Mount Spokane, are in the normal but thin margin of winter survival this week. It’s too soon to say the snowiest February in 126 years will have a major impact on the region’s big-game herds. “Up to February, the winter was very mild, so the deer didn’t expend a lot of energy,” said Annemarie Prince, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department wildlife biologist in Colville. Despite cold temperatures, clear skies and wind have created bare spots on some slopes enabling deer to feed easier. Big game can have problems in localized areas of deep wind-packed snow, but for the most part the deer and elk should have plenty of fat to burn and get them into spring, Prince said.
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