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SW Wash. deer relocation completed, 10 died

Despite moving fewer animals than planned and 20 percent of them dying, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials are pleased with a recently completed effort to relocate endangered Columbian White-tail deer.

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CATHLAMET, Wash. —

Despite moving fewer animals than planned and 20 percent of them dying, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials are pleased with a recently completed effort to relocate endangered Columbian White-tail deer.

The Daily News reports ( http://is.gd/hBalzC) biologists and volunteers trapped and relocated 49 deer from Wahkiakum County to two other locations, 16 fewer than their target. The mortality rate 10 deer - two more than wildlife officials had projected would perish.

Julia Butler-Hansen refuge manager Jackie Ferrier says 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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Information from: The Daily News, http://www.tdn.com

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