In the U.S. state of Wyoming, officials have come to the rescue of more than?
In the U.S. state of Wyoming, officials have come to the rescue of more than 7,000 wild deer and antelope whose natural food supply has been buried by ice and snow.
Seventeen members of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department travelled to the town of Farson where, through the use of motorised sleds, they were able to bring food to the starving animals some 30 miles (48 Kms) away.
It has been estimated that up to 80 per cent of the animals would have died had the feeding operation not been undertaken.
SYNOPSIS: In the American state of Wyoming, more than 7,000 deer and antelope have been cut off from their natural food supply. It lies locked under three feet of snow. Normally the animals paw through the snow to reach the forage. This winter, however, an early fall of snow iced over, making it impossible for the starving herds to reach the food.
With mass starvation the only alternative, officials of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department decided to launch a feeding operation to save the herds. Working from the nearby town of Farson, they travelled 30 miles by motorised sled to distribute food to the animals in the form of bait lines, carrying several bales of feed at a time.
The men, recruited form various parts of the state, spend ten days at a time feeding the herds. Many refused to leave when their time was up. Dedicated to the job, the men spend 12 to 14 hours a day feeding the herd out on the snow covered desert. If the feeding operation had not been carried out by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, it has been estimated that 60 to 80 per cent of these herds would have been wiped out.