Things were not looking good for Texas’ white-tailed deer population in January with the U.S. Drought Monitor showing more than 90 percent of the state experiencing abnormally dry to exceptional drought conditions.
Then came winter storm Uri in February with freezing temperatures, snow and ice across much of the state, which continued the shortage of plants for browsing and prompted significant mortality of animals from axis deer to bats, according to a report by Alan Cain, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s white-tailed deer program leader.
“(White-tailed) deer are very resilient to short-term weather events like that,” Cain said. “I didn’t hear of any major die-offs.”
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