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Long winter taking toll on wildlife

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Old Man Winter not only has a pretty hard grip on the region, but his icy fingers seem to be curling around some of the area’s beloved wildlife.

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The cold, snowy weather isn’t just irritating to some species — it’s downright deadly.

“Some deer will likely die off from this,” said Neil Powers, Tamarac Wildlife Refuge manager, who explains how experts there track what they call a “winter severity index.”

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