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Iowa's early ice hurting game bird population

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- This winter's early ice and snow has Iowa environmental officials worried about the state's game bird populations.

The DNR says it's tough for pheasants and quails to find food and shelter through the thick layers of ice and snow still on the ground.

Iowa gets an average of 25 inches of snow each winter, but we've almost hit that mark already here in northeast Iowa.

The DNR says if the ice isn't able to melt soon, the state could experience a high bird mortality rate.

But, the DNR cautions people not to feed the birds, because it concentrates the population to one area -- which makes them easy targets for predators.

Online Producer:  Dani Blecha

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