RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia officials are concerned by the lack of acorns throughout the state this fall.

The Virginia Department of Forestry and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries said reports from various parts of the state indicate that the acorn crop is very light.

Factors such as weather, insects and disease could play into the change in crop levels.

Officials say each year’s crop is the subject of much attention because they are both an important source of forest regeneration and as a preferred food for wildlife.

Species including white-tailed deer, black bear and wild turkey rely on acorns for nutritional needs that contribute to the animal’s body condition, survival, harvest rates and reproduction.

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