Maine deer are surviving the harsh winter on the East Coast by retreating to a deer yard.
Many animals on the East Coast are not surviving this winter. The amount of snow and freezing temperatures are causing animals to look for more creative ways to survive.
Deer have made Swan Island in the Kennebec River their new shelter, and the herd is thriving.
This island is a deer yard and it provides cover from snow and predators. The deer have made paths through the trees and are surviving on “litter fall,” needles and growth that fall from the trees overhead caused by other wildlife, like porcupines and squirrels.
The island has become an ecological haven from this brutal winter.