Deer Herds Struggling in Northern Utah

This year’s snow dumping has taken its toll on wildlife and biologists are stepping in to assist deer herds in northern Utah. According to the Division of Wildlife Resources, the first deer feeding program kicked off on January 13th and has been expanding to additional northern Utah locations since. “Fortunately, deer entered the winter in excellent condition,” says Wildlife Manager Randy Wood. “Prolonged snowfall and cold temperatures, though, are taking their toll. The deer need some help.” The help provided is in the form of specially formulated pellets that are fit for the complex digestive system mule deer have. For this reason, biologists are strongly discouraging citizens from feeding the deer in or around their own property. “If you feed the wrong food to a deer, the animal can actually starve to death, even though its stomach is full of food,” shares Wood. Even the deer pellets you can buy at stores are a no-no. For more information, visit www.wildlife.utah.gov

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Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.