The case for predation management for improving deer survival August 31, 2012 Maine

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The case for predation management for improving deer survival August 31, 2012 Maine, Bangor Daily News
... From a deer-management perspective, there really are two Maines. In central and southern Maine, overall deer mortality is lower ... deer populations consistently respond to deliberate changes in the hunter harvest of does and fawns... In the northern half of the state, overall deer mortality is consistently higher ... To date, complete cessation of hunting opportunity for antlerless deer, at best, has only slowed the rate of decline ... Moving northern and eastern Maine deer populations to a positive trajectory will require a sharp reduction of non-hunting mortality. 


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