Light Snow Helps Deer
A light snow year in the Sierra may be bad news for ski areas, but it’s good news for a herd of deer west of Reno …
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Late last summer, the Peavine mountain fire burned what remained of good winter habitat for a herd of deer that range between Reno and Truckee. Biologists feared a hard winter would drive starving deer into the yards of rapidly encroaching houses, but Chris Healy of the Nevada Department of Wildlife says, so far, a mild winter is forestalling catastrophe.
Even though its kind of cold and everybody’s shivering and wearing their jackets, it hasn’t been that cold if you’re a mule deer, and we haven’t had lots of deep snow.
January is the region’s snowiest month, and officials still fear a major die-off or urban migration if snow levels get deep. Biologists won’t know how many animals survived winter until the spring count in April.
Brian Bahouth KXJZ News.