Land for Maine's Future funding needed to restore deer population May 1, 2012

Maine Population Deer Population and Management News Archive

... Beginning in the 1970s, deer wintering habitat in northern Maine began a decline that continues today. First, the spruce budworm insect infestation damaged or killed millions of acres of spruce and fir forests, including deer yards. This, in turn, precipitated a flurry of timber cutting as industrial forest owners sought to salvage their damaged softwood timber inventory. Consequently, the coniferous forests that shelter deer are at a 40-year low in the northern part of the state. This reduction in wintering area is a major factor limiting deer populations. 

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