Environment
9:30 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Officials want to know where deer congregate in the U.P.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The state is asking members of the public to help identify areas in the Upper Peninsula where deer like to spend their winters. 

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources put out a call Thursday for people to help map the locations of what are called "deer yards."

The DNR's office in Norway says deer in some areas of the Upper Peninsula migrate to areas with many conifers, especially cedar and hemlock. It says cedar and hemlock "provide an excellent source of food, while their branches intercept snow and serve to shelter deer from deep snowfall."

The department says the reduced snow depth in deer yards means the animals use less energy moving between feeding and shelter areas.