Coyotes a symptom, not a cause January 14, 2012 Maine

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Coyotes a symptom, not a causeJanuary 14, 2012 Maine, 
Morning Sentinel, Ken Allen

... When coyote snaring was legal, deer populations up north were still plummeting, and astute observers knew that the dwindling herd wouldn't change until laws or goodwill forced landowners to stop cutting conifer stands that provided winter habitat for deeryards.... Deer cannot survive without dense evergreen groves for shelter from December through April, particularly in severe winters.... The whitetail herd in the North Country is dangerously close to extirpation ... has dropped to one deer per square mile in places. 


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