State officials are asking the public to report dead deer.

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department on Monday said the severe winter may cause more deer mortalities than usual.

"Although most deer are conditioned to survive short periods of harsh winter weather, extended periods of cold temperatures and deep snow can have an effect on deer survival," a press release from the GF&P says. "Deer can also continue to succumb to poor condition into early spring."

As the snow melts, GF&P is asking anyone who finds a dead deer to contact their local conservation officer or a GF&P office. License numbers could be adjusted in areas that experience higher-than-normal deer mortality.