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Yakima area deer struggle to survive

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Nestled along the edges of the Columbia River on the southern fringes of Benton County are several islands where state wildlife biologists occasionally hike to survey the nests of migratory geese.

The islands also often have small populations of deer, some that swim out only during the fawning season and others that stay to enjoy the safe haven from predators.

About 15 years ago, those biologists doing nest counts found something else instead.

“All the deer were dead on the…

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