UNDATED -- The snowy winter is taking its toll on Minnesota wildlife looking for food.

The problem is especially troublesome in northern Minnesota where the snow is three feet deep or more.

Fred Bengston is the Area Wildlife Manager for the Sauk Rapids DNR office. He says some of the younger and weaker deer may have a difficult time making it to spring.  But, he says the problem isn't as bad in central Minnesota.  Still, he expects some winterkill especially in fawns and some weaker bucks.

Bengston says pheasants and wild turkeys may be at more risk because of the deeper than usual snow and successful harvest in our part of the state.