Deer moving to safety from Kodiak Island mountains

Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2007

KODIAK - Winds have cleared several snow-drifted mountain paths, allowing deer once trapped on mountain tops to reach the lower elevations on Kodiak Island.

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More than 100 deer were trapped last week on Old Womens and Pillar mountains.

Between 50 and 100 were still high up the mountains, Larry Van Daele, wildlife biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said Monday.

"They are in pretty darn good shape for now," he said.

"The deer on Old Womens and Pillar seem to be doing fine and are able to traverse large areas on top for foraging," Van Daele said.

He counted about 110 trapped Sitka Blacktail deer last week on the two mountains. Heavy snowdrifts prevented them from reaching other deer that had made their way to the beaches.

It was feared the deer would die from starvation, freezing and hypothermia.

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