"30% of Sweden's Roe Deer Could Die"

A third of Sweden’s roe deers risk starving to death because of this year’s harsh winter. According to researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, a great number of deer have already been found emaciated and lifeless in southern forests.

The deer have trouble moving in the thick snow, which has also buried their food. Containers with fodder have been set out in fields and forests to help them survive, but their situation is grave.

“Those that make it through the winter emerge in bad condition. We could then see much higher mortality among the kids that will be born in the spring,” researcher Håkan Sand told Swedish Radio News.

Sweden’s moose are better equipped to survive the harsh conditions, however. Their long legs allow them good passage through the snow drifts.