Deer in danger of drowning are getting moved to safety

Deer in danger of drowning are getting moved to safety
File photo of a Columbian white-tailed deer (courtesy of the U.s. Fish & Wildlife Service).

CATHLAMET, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is in the process of moving about 50 Columbian white-tailed deer from a refuge near Cathlamet where they could drown because an old dike is expected to fail.

If they didn't drown the deer might die of hypothermia of starvation, setting back efforts to restore the animals, a state endangered species.

The Daily News reports the deer are being moved from the Julia Butler Hansen National Wildlife Refuge to another federal preserve near Ridgefield.

Work began in January and 11 deer had been moved as of Tuesday. Wildlife agents are taking special care while darting or netting the deer to avoid stress that could kill them.

Columbian white-tailed deer are native to parts of southwest Washington and northwest Oregon.

Information from: The Daily News

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