2016

2016 Information Related to the Decline of Deer Populations

... We speculate that low sodium values and West Nile Virus may be contributing to low neonate survival rates in Grant County. Serum chemistry differences may be attributed to differences in forage quality and availability across study areas. Our results indicated that oil and natural gas development did not negatively affect white-tailed deer survival and health....

Hunters seeing fewer deer in Virginia December 15, 2016 Virginia, Roanoke Times
... Virginia’s deer kill thus far is estimated to be down 12 percent compared to the same time last season... the problem) might be HD [Hemorrhagic Disease]  again ...

... Warm winters are producing more rain which then freezes on snow, covering the pasture beneath with an impenetrable layer of ice that the deer cannot break through. As a result, female reindeer are going hungry and aborting their calves ...

Deer-gun harvest totals continue to decline December 10, 2016 Ohio, Columbus Dispatch
... Tonkovich ... had anticipated a kill of perhaps 80,000 ... the number of deer checked fell 6,580 from the 73,399 reported during the 2015 gun week... The decline in less than a decade has been dramatic, a drop of more than 40 percent  ... The wildlife division began curtailing the sale of antlerless permits in 2013...

Moose in Minnesota: Speculation on decline December 2, 2016 Hometown Focus
... “In 2006, an estimated 8,800- moose still roamed across Lake, Cook, and St. Louis counties... the latest estimate places the region’s moose population at 3,450 animals.” ... in the early 1990s ... region’s once stable population of about 4,000 moose continued to dwindle ... Disappearing habitat, deer encroachment on habitat, increased parasites, sustained warmer weather, and predators ...

Deer management is a balancing act December 1, 2016 Ohio, Farm and Dairy
... In recent years, biologists have been using farmer and hunter surveys to help set goals for managing the herd  ... One thing is very clear. The huge number of deer that roamed the Ohio landscape a few years back will never be back. That’s a management fact ... 

Moose, ungulate populations under fire in the Kootenay region November 23, 2016 British Columbia, The Nelson Daily-11 hours ago
... The B.C. government is further reducing the number of moose hunt permits in the province, including a huge drop in the West Kootenay, in order to put the brakes on the decline in moose population... Ungulate populations in the region are also dropping. Caribou (290), bighorn sheep (2,300), mountain goat (7,900) and mule deer (20,000) are considered in decline...

Wily coyotes continue to thrive in the Southeast at the expense of deer populations November 22, 2016 South Carolina, United States Department of Agriculture
... Coyotes began migrating eastward throughout the latter half of the 20th Century... The 2015 Deer Hunter Survey documents a decline in the state’s deer population since the 1990s that coincides with the increase in coyotes... declines in deer numbers, prompted the state of South Carolina to implement stricter bag limits for deer as a result of the documented reductions in fawn recruitment...

Game and Fish to monitor large Casper deer herd November 11, 2016 Wyoming, Casper Star-Tribune
... Deer numbers in the Bates Hole, Hat six herd south of Casper have long struggled along with other Wyoming herd ... expects to collar 45 does in January or February. The GPS data will allow biologists to track the animals’ movements and migration patterns for three years...

With deer kills down, some possible causes & solutions  November 11, 2016 Maryland, Delmarva Now
... another report of the kill decreasing again this year... There are certainly isolated places where the deer numbers are still too high, but statewide, particularly on highly pressured public land, it may be time to start scaling back the deer kill and rebuilding our herds...

... Missouri has fewer whitetails today than it had a decade ago ... population seems to have stabilized and is in a growth stage right now ... In 17 counties in Southwest Missouri ... averages 20 deer per square mile ... the Southwest Region’s deer herd is stable and slowly growing ...

Mule Deer on the Skids October 28, 2016 sportingclassicsdaily.com
... “The mule deer . . . is a species marked for extinction . . . Either the whitetail deer or man may cause that extinction. Without either, the mule deer could continue unimpeded for as long as habitats exist and the sun rises. It got along well enough with white-tailed deer as long as we were not around, but conditions changed with our arrival.” ... Dr. Valerius Geist

Deer population is down, but rutting season still dangerous to drivers October 9, 2016 New Jersey, Press of Atlantic City
...  the deer population in the state is estimated to be about half what it was in 1995 ... The state's deer management policies have cut the population from 204,000 to about 101,000 ...

Deer hunting season off to a good start October 9, 2016 Oregon, NRToday.com
... Jim Fields of Wilbur said he’s been seeing less deer than he used to.  In the mid-’80s, he said he’d see about 20 to 40 black tailed deer per day, but now he’s lucky to see half a dozen.  “A lot of that I know is due to a decline in their habitat ...

No does allowed in Sunflower WMA gun seasons October 6, 2016 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... "There's just not the deer out there that there should be," ... fawn recruitment is lagging and the overall population is not increasing.  "The does are in great shape," Fleeman said. "They should be dropping two to three fawns a year... "We don't know what's causing it,"...

Deer hunting moves to private land October 4, 2016 Virginia, Staunton News Leader
... The number of deer bagged on public land in Augusta County during the last few years has dropped precipitously... “We’ve seen a dramatic decline in the national forests over the last few years," Knox said. "It started falling in 2002 and it has been going way down," ...

America’s Gray Ghosts: The Disappearing Caribou October 3, 2016 Idaho, New York Times
... The only caribou left here in northern Idaho number about a dozen and live deep in the forests of the jagged Selkirk Mountains, near the Canadian border ... At last count, there were some 1,354 mountain caribou in 15 subgroups in southern British Columbia. Ten years ago, there were thousands ...

Rifle deer season starts Saturday September 28, 2016 Oregon, Bend Bulletin
...  throughout the Ochoco District ... deer populations continue to be lower than management objectives because of habitat loss and disturbance, poaching, predation, disease and road kills... in the Deschutes District ... a ratio of 24 bucks per 100 does [near management obectives]. Late-spring rains gave a boost to the population ...

Deer population's changes studied by NB, Maine researchers September 26, 2016 New Brunswick, CBC.ca
... the deer population has declined by 70 per cent in the past 30 years — from 270,000 in 1985 to 70,000 in 2014.  ... researchers and industry partners are beginning a three-year project to try and find out why... will use GPS data ...

CWD cuts whitetails in Converse study September 7, 2016 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... A long-running study near Glenrock foretells a dire future for whitetail deer populations that have been carrying chronic wasting disease for decades. Research headed by Dave Edmunds during his University of Wyoming ... suggests that the diseased whitetail east of Casper are declining 10 percent a year, and face extinction within half a century...

KE Pigeon, M Anderson, D MacNearney, J Cranston… - Environmental Management, 2016
... Populations of boreal and southern mountain caribou in Alberta, Canada, are declining, and the ultimate cause of their decline is believed to be anthropogenic disturbance ... Management actions aimed at promoting natural regeneration and reduce ease-of-travel on legacy seismic lines within caribou ranges can be beneficial to caribou recovery in Alberta, Canada, and we therefore recommend restrictions of off-highway vehicles use on low vegetation, dry seismic lines in caribou ranges...

... Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) populations have periodically declined throughout the western United States, with notable declines during the late 1960s, early 1970s, and 1990s (Unsworth et al. 1999) to present. Declining population levels can be attributed to low fawn survival and subsequently low population recruitment (Unsworth et al. 1999, Pojar and Bowden 2004) caused by declining habitat availability and quality (Gill 2001, Lutz et al. 2003, Watkins et al. 2007, Bergman et al. 2015). Although, general public perception is that declining deer numbers are attributed exclusively to predation ...

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... CWD-positive deer were 4.5 times more likely to die annually than CWD-negative deer while bucks were 1.7 times more likely to die than does. Population λ was 0.896 (0.859–0.980), which indicated a 10.4% annual decline. We show that a chronic disease that becomes endemic in wildlife populations has the potential to be population-limiting and the strong population-level effects of CWD suggest affected populations are not sustainable at high disease prevalence under current harvest levels....


There is a growing problem in North America affecting moose, the largest species of the deer family. Moose populations are declining at an alarming rate. September 1, 2016


CPW sees opportunity in latest mule deer study August 25, 2016 Colorado, High Plains Journal
... A negative relationship between residential development, oil and gas development and certain weather conditions and early winter recruitment of mule deer fawns (annual December doe:fawn ratios) was reported. As residential development increased, the association of decreasing early winter recruitment of young mule deer was about twice that of other factors like energy development or weather factors...

... "In the bottomland hardwoods, most of the deer breeding occurs in December and January. In that area, we typically see lactation rates in the 60s. For that to drop into the 40s, that's eye-opening." ... Certainly predation is a consideration, but when you see a 30-point drop from one year to the next, that doesn't indicate predation ... disease could be the chief culprit ...

Predator pushback August 21, 2016 Colorado, The Daily Sentinel
... “Our deer population has really, really crashed,” ... The latest estimate of Colorado’s mule deer population is just under 450,000 ... The agency says the most significant decline has been in northwest Colorado’s Piceance Basin, home to the state’s largest migratory deer herd... deer populations remain at about a third of what they were before populations plummeted in the 1990s ...

Big challenges ahead as new big game management plans are created August 18, 2016 Maine, Bangor Daily News
... Our failure to protect critical deer wintering habitat played a big role in the loss of our deer herd in the north woods. In fact, in the history of deer management, DIF&W reported that in Wildlife Management Districts 1 – 11, to meet their long term populations goals for deer, about 780,000 acres of deer wintering habitat would be needed. Currently there is only 258,000 acres of deer wintering habitat ...

The mule deer has been the most abundant big game animal in the west for nearly a decade. Now the species is in crisis and the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is conducting a study to find out why. Deer Project leader Matt Hayes of the University of Wyoming sees that mule deer populations in an area south of Rock Springs are declining while elk populations are rising and investigates this dynamic. - June 21, 2016 Wyoming


... across the U.S. coyotes are the No. 1 predator on whitetail deer. Some studies have shown that high coyote populations are to blame for dismal fawn survival rates, and in some areas they take up to 80 percent of the fawns each year. Coyote populations have expanded greatly across the eastern U.S... a fawn recruitment rate of 1.0-1.2 is ideal to have a healthy deer herd. Yet fawn recruitment rates are below 1.0 in most states ...

Increases in residential and energy development are associated with reductions in recruitment for a large ungulate HE Johnson, JR Sushinsky, A Holland, EJ Bergman… - Global Change Biology, 2016 Colorado
... Using linear mixed models, we found that increasing residential and energy development within deer habitat were correlated with declining recruitment rates, particularly within seasonal winter ranges. Residential housing had two times the magnitude of effect of any other factor we investigated, and energy development had an effect size similar to key weather variables known to be important to ungulate dynamics. This analysis is the first to correlate a demographic response in mule deer with residential and energy development at large spatial extents ... western Colorado ...

...  in Michigan's Upper Peninsula ... Wildlife biologists say nearly every single fawn died after the harsh winters of 2012 and 2013, further hurting a struggling herd. In fact, the population has been on the decline since 1995...  the lack of high-quality deer wintering complexes seems to be the main factor in plummeting deer populations...

Biologists monitoring mule deer July 20, 2016 British Columbia, BC Local News
... a significant decline in mule deer populations ... probably related to quality of habitat ... project includes a pilot translocation study that moved 20 deer out of four East Kootenay communities, including Cranbrook, into more remote wintering ranges... 

ODFW Mule Deer Initiative July 12, 2016 Oregon, WordPress.com
... Mule deer populations numbers across the west and in Oregon have declined sharply since the 1990s and are down significantly from peak population levels during 1950s and 60s. Many researchers and managers believe habitat loss is a major limiting factor in the recovery of mule deer populations throughout the species’ range...

Why are mule deer at risk?  July 11, 2016 Oregon, Protect Animal Migration 
     Mule deer, that iconic species of the west, are losing their place here and in other western states.  Their habitat has become increasingly fragmented, and the wildlife corridors that connect their habitat patches are shrinking, choking them off from migration to their seasonal ranges... people who come to Central Oregon to play and live assume that deer will always be part of the landscape. But we are leaving no room for them...

Real reason deer numbers are down July 5, 2016 Virginia, Roanoke Times
... Following the harsh winter of 2013-2014, deer numbers plummeted... I’d seen that deer were starving by the end of winter in 2014... In addition to the dearth of fawns that summer, there was also a dearth of adult deer. It was apparent that many must have succumbed to one of the harshest winters I can recall living through in Virginia...

LA Pérez-Solano, S Gallina-Tessaro, G Sánchez-Rojas - Journal of Mammalogy, 2016
... Historically, mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) had a distribution area as large as the Chihuahuan Desert in Mexico, but in recent years, its populations have decreased and distribution areas have become isolated... Based on the deer location data, home range and habitat use were estimated for each deer. The mean (± SD) home range size for females was 14.70 km2 (± 5.89), the home range of the male was 18.05 km2...

Aerial survey helps with managing mule deer June 19, 2016 Nebraska, Lincoln Journal Star
... Declining mule deer populations throughout the western United States have been a concern for many state wildlife agencies since the 1990s... In Nebraska, after reaching a record harvest in 2008, mule deer populations have declined..., causes for the mule deer decline are less clear but likely due to a combination of parasites, predation, drought and disease...


The mule deer has been the most abundant big game animal in the west for nearly a decade. Now the species is in crisis and the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is conducting a study to find out why. Deer Project leader Matt Hayes of the University of Wyoming sees that mule deer populations in an area south of Rock Springs are declining while elk populations are rising and investigates this dynamic. - June 21, 2016 Wyoming



Reductions in 2016 antlerless deer hunting approved June 13, 2016 Washington, The Spokesman Review 
... The number of hunting days for antlerless deer hunting this season in northeastern Washington has been reduced because of concerns that a 2015 blue tongue outbreak severely reduced whitetail numbers in certain areas. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted on the proposed season changes ...

Feds consider endangered listing for moose June 2, 2016 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press-Gazette
... moose numbers have been dropping in Minnesota — from 8,480 in 2006 to 4,020 this year ... The moose is classified as a state protected species in Wisconsin...

Floods, coyotes take toll on deer hunting May 27, 2016 South Carolina, The State
... hunters killed 195,030 deer during the 2015 season ... 4 percent less than in 2014... South Carolina’s deer population peaked at 1.1 million in the mid-1990s, according to studies by researchers at the DNR and the U.S. Forest Service. But the overall deer harvest is down 39 percent since 2002 ...

LBL eliminating bonus option due to decrease in deer May 8, 2016 Kentucky, Kentucky New Era
...  outbreaks of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease commonly referred to as EHD, increased archery hunting pressure-especially on the Kentucky portion and a mature closed canopy forest. Forest and open land habitat must provide adequate forage and conditions for white-tailed deer...

... Deer populations around Petersburg’s Mitkof Island have been low in recent years...  DNA is important because scientists can identify individual deer. Seeing the same deer over and over helps them find out how many deer are in the general area...“If there’s more deer pellets on the ground that’s generally can be an indication of more deer,” ...

UW works to find out why mule deer population drops May 5, 2016 Wyoming, Wyoming Tribune
... The $1.3 million study, called the Deer-Elk Ecology Research project, or D.E.E.R. project, is focused on the herd in the southwest corner of the state that regularly travels into Colorado and Utah, said Mark Zornes, Wyoming Game and Fish wildlife management coordinator.  “It’s down about 6,000 to 7,000 deer,” ...

Will fewer deer be the new norm? May 2, 2016 North Carolina, Wilkes Journal Patriot
... The total annual harvest in Wilkes was typically well above 4,000 deer before hemorrhagic disease ... in 2012...  in 2015 when hunters reported taking a total of 3,402 ... More data is needed before N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission biologists can determine if deer harvests in Wilkes are stabilizing at a new lower level or are trending downward ...

Rare deer still struggle April 26, 2016 Washington, Chinook Observer
... trying to save the endangered Columbian white-tailed deer since the late 1960s, with mixed results...  while their range has expanded somewhat, their small population size, fragmented habitat and low-quality food sources are hurting chances of recovery... The Roseburg population includes at least 6,000 animals ...

Foundation working to increase mule deer habitat April 21, 2016 North Dakota, 
The Dickinson Press
... The population of the North Dakota mule deer has struggled over the past five years due to the climate, loss of habitat and predation, and because of that there have been increased efforts in maintaining the population.  “We had about three winters in a row that just decimated the wildlife in western North Dakota ...

Lessons to be learned from low deer harvest  April 18, 2016 New York, Poughkeepsie Journal
... One explanation from DEC wildlife managers for the statewide falloff was the particularly harsh conditions during the winter of 2014-15. But that does not ring true for the Hudson Valley, where conditions could only be described as being routine ... The Dutchess County harvest ... was off by more than 25 percent ... most common report from hunters was that they simply were not seeing deer at all or they were seeing far fewer deer...

Deer declining at Land Between the Lakes April 16, 2016 Kentucky, The Courier-Journal
... Deer numbers are dwindling on the 40-mile-long, 10-mile-wide heavily timbered peninsula that separates Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake ... Suspected and known reasons for the decline ... include increased hunting pressure ... lingering effects from a severe outbreak of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) in 2007 ... coyote predation is also taking an unknown number of LBL deer...

... the deer herd was estimated to be about 270,532 animals in 1985.  The latest estimate of the province's deer population, taken in 2014, indicates there are approximately 74,338 animals remaining... heavy snowfall amounts and coyotes as factors ...

Can coyotes pay off? Will deer tags pass? April 1, 2016 South Carolina, South Carolina Sportsman
...There’s little question that the spread of coyotes across the state — all 46 counties are infested — has had a negative impact on the population of deer and wild turkeys. Harvests of both species are well below the record levels of the early 2000s, and every explanation of the declines includes coyotes...

Kansas to offer fewer deer permits April 1, 2016 News-Press Now
... will offer fewer hunting permits for mule deer in Kansas this fall in response to a reduction in the population... Fox estimates that there are 50,000 mule deer in the state and around 2,000 deer are harvested each fall.  He said the decline in mule deer populations are also occurring not only in Kansas but in Nebraska and regions of the Great Plains...

We need a deer hunting pause March 30, 2016 Vermont, Brattleboro Reformer
...As a deer hunter in Vermont, I love hunting, but when you don't see any deer for the past two years it makes you feel discouraged and wonder what happened to the deer...   People should stop hunting deer in Vermont for at least one to two years so the population could go up. Hunters don't realize that the deer population is going down ...

Ticks hasten moose's disappearing act in NH March 18, 2016 New Hampshire, Conway Daily Sun
... warm winters are causing parasites to decimate the moose population. In response, Fish and Game is considering cutting the number of available moose permits.

New study hopes to discover mysterious migration routes of Wyo mule deer March 18, 2016 Wyoming, Casper Star-Tribune Online
... Iconic herds that drew hunters and wildlife viewers from across the globe now struggle under a combination of drought, development, disease and predation... scientists are beginning to understand that identifying and protecting the land where deer spend their summers — and the route they use to get there — could be key to animals’ continued survival...

Wildlife researchers want to know what is impacting Mule Deer. March 23, 2016 Montana



State legislature making progress toward establishing deer limits March 3, 2016 South Carolina, Greenville News
... Long awaited and much anticipated legislature aimed at curtailing the decline of South Carolina’s whitetail deer herd made progress over the past week ...  proposal of limiting the harvest of antlered deer and establishing a tag system to regulate the harvest of both bucks and does ...

R Carrera, WB Ballard, PR Krausman, J Devos Jr… - The Southwestern Naturalist, 2015
... Desert mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus eremicus) in central Arizona declined from 11 deer/km2 in the early 1960s to 2 deer/km2 in 2006...  Current mule deer densities in the study area are below what the environment is capable of maintaining, and a history of higher mule deer densities inside WCPPE over 40 y has not resulted in measurable impacts on the highly diverse plant communities of TBWA. Observed differences in diet quality of mule deer may be related to trade-offs incurred through predation risk, where mule deer inside the enclosure are maximizing their energy intake without the burden of predator avoidance and vigilance...

Researchers plan one of the largest mule deer studies in the state February 17, 2016 Wyoming, Billings Gazette
... “The goal is, once we map where the corridors are, then we’re going to overlay the corridors with land ownership and land use and get a look at where some of the potential threats might exist for those corridors and also those conservation opportunities.”  Mule deer populations in Wyoming have declined about 35 percent since 1990 ...

Coyotes make themselves at home in WNC November 17, 2016 North Carolina, Smoky Mountain News
... If you want a scapegoat to blame for fewer deer and turkey sightings over the years, [Wildlife Commission’s district biologist Justin McVey] said, coyotes probably aren’t the best one... “We have so much national forest out here that is in a mature state, that doesn’t really bode well for deer. If we could get more early successional habitat in our state, our deer population would benefit greatly.” ...

A deadly spring for NH moose calves February 11, 2016 New Hampshire, The Union Leader
... population has steadily declined in central New Hampshire ... One thing that is certain is that there has been, especially in the northern parts of the state, a correlation between winter tick infestations and a decrease in the number of moose.  Warmer, shorter winters are allowing ticks to survive longer...

Decreasing numbers of mule deer across the West a big concern February 10, 2016 Wyoming, Cody Enterprise
...  much of the mule deer population has, in the last decade or so, literally nose-dived across most of the West. The bad news is we don’t know exactly why and there is no recovery in sight...

ODFW program collars mule deer for population study February 8, 2016 Oregon, Wallowa County Cheiftain
... Declining mule deer populations over the past few decades have forced Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to apply GPS radio collars to the animals... No one is really sure of the cause of the decline ... “Last year put we out over 500 collars in the central part of eastern Oregon and this year we’re adding another 140-some in the northeast part ...

US Forest Service wants to thin north Georgia forest January 29, 2016 Georgia, Atlanta Journal Constitution
... "The deer population has declined pretty significantly over the past 20, 25 years. Ruffed grouse and other hunted species are becoming very rare," said Jim Wentworth, the district's wildlife biologist. "We can reverse that trend by taking a small part of this watershed and creating some of those young forest conditions." ...

California Deer Tag Numbers May Drop By 70,000 January 27, 2016 Calironia, The Outdoor Wire
...  Currently, 196,980 deer tags are issued for the A, B, C, D and X zone general hunts in the state. The new figures allow for lowering that number to 127,000, or 69,980 fewer tags. That means the state is expecting deer herds to plummet...

... This mule deer study in the Bitterroot could serve as a pilot for other locations around the west that are seeing similar declines and changes in land use by mule deer ... “I’m interested to see if the differences in management strategies or components of the habitat are making a difference in doe mule deer survival,” ...

Connecticut's 2015 Reported Deer Harvest January 15, 2016 Whitetail Trophy Room
...  total number of deer harvested was 8,007 from all of the combined deer hunting seasons ...    . In 2013 harvest reports revealed a total of 12,549 deer ... In 2014 the harvest numbers fell again to 11,394 ... the 2015 Report

...Field & Stream’s State of the Deer Union: This special report documents the end of the “whitetail boom.” In just five years, deer numbers have plummeted in some states...

Mule deer populations are in decline throughout much of the western U.S., including some populations here in Wyoming. One area is in western Wyoming, where a first-of-its kind study is now in its third year. - January 19, 2016 Wyoming



Mother nature is messing with us January 12, 2016 Louisiana, Louisiana Sportsman
...  Last year, according to LDWF, the deer kill was lower than ever.  I suspect this year it will not look any better. November is the peak month for deer harvest in Area 2, but the reports I received indicates it was pretty slow...

70 Moose were Collared in Maine January 11, 2016 Maine, Council Chronicle
...  for the six year study on productivity and mortality of moose... In America, the moose population has been decreasing continuously since the 1990s, but fortunately in the arctic and subarctic regions, their numbers have stayed the same ...

Deer, pronghorn remain in rebuilding mode in 2016 January 10, 2016 North Dakota, Grand Forks Herald 
... Mule deer, in particular, have experienced steady population gains over the past few years, and big game biologists and wildlife managers are hoping the bottom is behind us for white-tailed deer... North Dakota simply has less habitat for wildlife than it did 10 years ago ...

...While mule deer numbers are currently stable, the population of mule deer is half what it was in the 1980s in areas throughout the southern and western parts of the state... Fager said the amount of snow we’re seeing this winter could have a negative impact on the mule deer...

Charlotte Observer
... Among 4,500 participants, over 80 percent back limiting the kill of antlered bucks and establishing a tagging system... The state’s deer population has decreased in recent years ... Reasons include habitat changes related to forest management, extremely liberal harvest limits ... colonization of the state by coyotes since 2000 ...

...Kroll, in a video message, told the NRB and the rest of Wisconsin that, “It has been my prediction that we are going to begin to see a decline in the white-tailed deer across its range.” He cited several causes for this expected trend, noting a deterioration of habitat, a significant increase of predator populations, and increasing disease...

Game and Fish managers to talk mule deer January 4, 2016 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... population objective for the Sublette Herd was ...32,000 animals. The last estimate was 26,000...  a target size of 50,000 animals, the Wyoming Range Herd ... last estimate was 34,000 deer ...

... it seems the high deer numbers of the ’70s and ’80s have declined to the point that hunters are now crying about not seeing any deer, so hunters ... have also gone back to the days of not shooting does in hopes of increasing deer numbers...


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