News OFAH biologist says Haliburton deer are starving SHARE ON: Smith Autumn, contributor, Tuesday, Mar. 11th, 2014 If you think you’re having a hard time with this year’s harsh winter, think about the deer. The severe winter is endangering the lives of white-tail deer. The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters are suggesting a provincially sanctioned emergency feeding. Senior Wildlife Biologist Mark Ryckman says the deer in the region of Haliburton County have entered starvation mode with the longer winter. Deer go into winter with only 90 days of energy and fat reserves. Ministry of Natural Resources spokesperson Jolanta Kowalski said the population isn’t at a level of severity just yet. She said people should not be feeding deer because they can get used to artificial food, which isn’t healthy for them. Both Kowalski and Ryckman recommend people break trails and cut down high-level vegetation to make it easier for deer to move around and access food without using too much energy.