Beckley, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia wildlife officials are assessing the harsh winter's toll on the state's deer and turkey populations.
The state Division of Natural Resources is taking inventory to determine the extent of this year's winter kill and whether it will affect the fall hunting season.
Deer and turkey already were struggling with food shortages stemming from poor mast conditions in the fall.
DNR biologist Gary Foster says the unusually cold and snowy winter added to the problem.
Foster says there's evidence of starvation in the mountainous and western counties.
Field staff haven't yet submitted mortality reports from the southern counties.
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