The Daily News reported that biologists and volunteers trapped and relocated 49 deer from Wahkiakum County to two other locations, 16 fewer than their target. The mortality rate of 10 deer was two more than wildlife officials had projected would perish.
Julia Butler-Hansen refuge manager Jackie Ferrier said that despite best efforts, many of the animals had become wary of people.
In the past, floods at the refuge and elsewhere have taken a far greater toll on deer populations than the relocation did, killing as much as 30 percent 50 percent of the population on the refuge mainland.
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