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The snow-grooming
machine got Game
Warden John Wasserman
closer to the slopes,
but he couldn't use it
to approach deer. The
machine spooked them.

"We lost a lot of deer in Clinton County
north of Lock Haven in the January ice
storms in 1979 and 1982," Wasserman
said. "They'd lose their footing on the
steep sidehills and slide all the way to the
bottom, leaving a blood trail on the icy
landscape."
If slamming into trees at speeds that
topped anyone's best sled-ride didn't kill
them, the whitetails died a slow death
from dislocated shoulders, broken backs
and split pelvic bones, Wasserman said.
"Many deer would lie on the ground
totally helpless, spread-eagled with all
four legs straight out to their sides," Wasserman said. "Some slid into streams, only
to stand in the water because they couldn't
walk up the icy bank."
Wasserman considers the deer he
found to be only a small percentage of
the total kill.
Because forest roads were impassable
for weeks, most of the deer that died in the
icy conditions were never found.
Wasserman during the 1982 ice storm
got into hard-to-reach areas using a
30

Bureau of Forestry snow-grooming
machine.
"However, I soon discovered that
some deer would fall when startled by
the machine, so I decided to abandon that
method," Wasserman said.
The warden also had a chance to see a
determined whitetail's amazing journey.
"The deer slid about 200 yards down a
steep, ice-covered slope, slamming into a
roadway guide rail," he explained. "Then
it slid down to the frozen West Branch
of the Susquehanna River and tried to
cross. It fell repeatedly, but kept getting
up. Almost three hours later it crossed
the river, which was only a few hundred
yards wide."
Thick-crusted snow on northern-tier
slopes can be tough on deer. But this
unusual phenomenon has not occurred
since 1982.
In 1994, the Winter Severity Index
reached 119.4, the third-highest rating
recorded in the index's 47 years of coverage.
But deer weren't sliding off mountains.



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