By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large
Winter isn't over yet by a long shot, but several states in the US West are reporting significant winter mortality that's sure to affect permit numbers and hunter success in 2017.
, the state reported that 50 pronghorn were killed in a single incident in Payette after winter snow drove them into town, where they ate toxic leaves from Japanese yew. The state is feeding wildlife both to reduce conflicts with private landowners and to preclude even greater losses at a cost of more than $650,000 this winter. The previous record high for emergency feeding in the state was $387,000.Wyoming
is also expecting significant deer and pronghorn mortality due to winter snow and cold temperatures, especially in northern and western parts of the state. In addition to deteriorating body condition due to lack of feed, road kills are up significantly as deer use roadsides to escape the snow....