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Wildlife Management in Maine September 24, 2011 U. Maine

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Wildlife Management in Maine September 24, 2011 U. Maine Farmington, By Marc Glass

The drop from 10 per square mile in the traditionally deer-rich regions of northern, western and eastern Maine to as low as 1.5 per square mile, says Woodcock, warrants a change in management strategy. Beyond their aesthetic appeal, white-tail deer... are vital to some $300 million annually generated for Maine’s economy through hunting-related revenue...Maine’s white-tail deer, whose population has declined from the upper 300,000 range to now some 200,000 statewide.Woodcock believes the regional population decline is due to three dynamics: severity of winter, loss of habitat and predation....

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