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Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Re: Cold weather hurting deer
When it is bitter cold outside, a deer's metabolism slows down. This is a defense mechanism that allows the deer to conserve energy. Had that doe ran into the woods, she would have expended energy that she probably didn't have to spare. Deer are sometimes attracted to the roads because the plows use salt on the road and the deer likes to lick the salt. When deer yard up in the winter, they need to be near a fresh water source. Deer needs a drink twice a day. When the lakes and ponds freeze over, about the only thing still running is springs and small creeks.
As with everything in life, some will die, that is inevitable. Several days of bitter cold weather might cause thousands of deer to die this winter, depending upon the snow pack and how thick the crust is on top of the snow. If the deer has a hard time walking - if they keep falling through the icy layer on top of the snow, they will just sometimes stop and stand a while where they are at.
They are known to gnaw the bark off apple trees, eat tree branches, pine tree needles, anything they can put in their mouths to put something into their belly's.
It's very common for them to have some blood near their dewclaws when it is cold and icy like it is this weekend.