FROM MDWFP: Record rainfall over the last year has caused historic flooding of the Mississippi River and the Yazoo backwater region. During the prolonged flooding in the south Delta, wildlife have been largely displaced, with some being in isolated areas of high ground. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) staff have been monitoring wildlife conditions throughout the spring and summer. White-tailed deer have experienced great stress and depletion of browse resources, resulting in poor physiological conditions. This is most evident along the Mississippi River levee. Fawn recruitment, adult survival, and antler growth will certainly be negatively impacted. However, the full impacts will likely not be realized until further data is collected over the next 2–3 years. Our staff will be working closely with land managers in the region to aid in collecting appropriate data. We appreciate all of you that have voiced concern for flood-impacted wildlife and appreciate your partnership in working to conserve our wildlife resources.

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