California Deer News

...  The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering a draw for an apprentice deer hunt on the Chimineas Unit of the Carrizo Plain Ecological Reserve.
The two-day hunt, which is being offered in cooperation with the California Deer Association (CDA), will be held Sept. 13-14 on the 30,000-acre reserve in San Luis Obispo County...

... The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) program will be providing public access for big game and upland game hunts this fall... For more information about each SHARE property and the opportunities available please go to http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/share/.
       These opportunities were made possible by the SHARE Program, which offers incentives to private landowners who allow wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities on their property. Participating landowners receive liability protection and will receive compensation for providing public access to or through their land for wildlife-dependent recreational activities. The goal of the SHARE Program is to provide additional hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreational access on private lands in California.

...  the officer used a knife to slash the deer's throat. It died soon afterward.  Modesto police spokeswoman Heather Graves said the deer may have been hit by a car because it had injuries to its hips and one of its eyes was missing.   The deer also had a broken leg...

Modesto Police Call Wrong Agency During Deer Chase July 16, 2014 California, FOX 40 
... It wasn’t until he crashed into a window that officers were able to wrap a catch pole around his neck... Modesto Police called Stanislaus County Animal Services to help with the deer, but they weren’t able to reach anyone .... They should have been calling the California Department of Fish and Wildlife...

Deer Tag Quota for the D6 Zone Has Been Filled July 16, 2014 California, CDFW
... The California Fish and Game Commission (FGC) finalized big-game tag quotas at its April 15 meeting in Ventura. Notable changes from the 2013 hunting season included a reduction in the D6 Zone general season tag quota from 10,000 to 6,000... In the summer of 2013, the Rim Fire burned approximately 257,000 acres in Tuolumne and Mariposa counties. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service subsequently issued Rim Fire Closure Order 2014-01, which closed the burned area through Nov. 18, 2014. This closure encompasses approximately 175,000 acres of public and private land, including popular deer hunting locations in the D6 Zone such as Cherry Lake, Kibbie Ridge and Crocker Ridge in Tuolumne and Mariposa counties.
     CDFW usually issues 10,000 tags per season for the D6 Zone. If the deer tag quota had remained at that level this season, CDFW anticipated a significant increase in hunting pressure on the remaining open areas. Such crowded hunting conditions could have led to an overharvest of the accessible herds, dropping buck-to-doe ratios below management objectives.

This Weekend, Behold The Giant Buck Moon July 11, 2014 California, Mashable 
...  July's perigee full moon is called a Buck Moon, since young male deer are said to sprout their antlers around the time of its appearance ...

As we were hiking back from Bumpass Hell in Lassen Volcanic National Park we saw this very pregnant deer grazing in the meadow. Later that day while hiking King's Creek Falls we saw a doe and a very new fawn with all her spots but didn't get video. Beautiful! - July 9, 2014



... "I was awakened by a young fawn. I didn't know at the time since I was in such a deep sleep, but it was a fawn screaming," said Weber...Fish and Wildlife told KTVU it will not be hunting the deer since it hasn't harmed or threatened any people...

Mountain Lion Traps Set Up in Bay Area Foothills July 3, 2014 California, NBC Bay Area
... A group that researches big cats in the Bay Area is setting up bait stations around the region’s foothills in an effort to catch mountain lions roaming near neighborhoods... The Bay Area Puma Project ...

CDFW To Hold Public Workshop on Lead Bullet Ban Implementation June 30, 2014 California, CDFW News
... A CDFW representative will detail a proposed implementation plan, the PowerPoint is available on the CDFW website. Following the short presentation, interested parties can make comments and provide input that will help shape CDFW’s final recommendation to the Fish and Game Commission, which CDFW anticipates presenting at the Commission’s meeting in Sacramento in September... individuals and organizations may email comments to wildlifemgmt@wildlife.ca.gov (please use “Nonlead implementation” in the subject line) ...

Deer Diary, California Deer History June 18, 2014 California, Good Times 
... the Huichol. Before the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century, more than 10,000 people lived on California’s coast between Big Sur and San Francisco. Dating back some 15,000 years ... The deer is the most sacred of animals for the Huichols, the symbol for the heart, intuition, and higher self, says Secunda ...

Protecting Native Habitat and Species Through Deer Population Management June 17, 2014 California, Catalina Island News (press release)
... To curb the growth in the deer population, 60 percent of the 500 hunting tags issued will be for does during the 2014 hunting season.... The deer belong to the State of California and were brought to Catalina in the 1920s and 1930s by the Los Angeles County Forestry Department for the purpose of hunting. The expected hunting audience never really materialized, and the Black Jack Hunting Camp was abandoned after just four years of operation...

...  the California Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 3 to 1 to list the wolf as endangered... Opponents said wolves carry diseases and have been responsible for dramatic declines in wild elk herds in Yellowstone National Park … Weiss says restoring wolves to their natural place re-balances ecosystems by changing the behavior of elk and deer...

... Following last year's 257,000-acre Rim Fire, the adjacent town of Groveland, population 601, in Tuolumne County, has become the destination for deer, bears, mountain lions and other wildlife.  "We have anywhere from 20 to 30 deer on our soccer field each night," ...

...  The deer was still standing on shore. Beach goers had been very respectful and kept their distance, until a lone jogger blatantly disobeyed signals to stay clear, and ran right between the officer and the animal.   The deer bolted into the ocean, swimming as fast as it could ... Using a dog slip leash, she was able to harness the deer and lead it to shore...  a great effort from so many people to help this wild creature...

Thoughts on California's Wolf Listing June 6, 2014 California, Hunter Landowner
... Wolves live on ungulates – deer and elk. In a perfect world,  California should step up and fund a campaign to improve habitat for wolves in California, which really would be a campaign to improve deer and elk herds ... Oregon has the elk needed to feed wolves and California not...

Nonnative mule deer now in Catalina Island Conservancy's cross-hairs June 6, 2014 California, Los Angeles Times 
... the conservancy that owns nine-tenths of this island has shot, trapped and shipped out thousands of goats, pigs and bison ... This year, for the first time, the Catalina Island Conservancy will require that more does than bucks are taken during hunting season ... 60% of the 500 tags we issue will be for does ...

     At its May 22 quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $22.1 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat throughout California. Some of the 23 funded projects will provide benefits to fish and wildlife – including some endangered species – while others will provide the public with access ...

... CDFW’s random drawing fund-raising program includes tags for deer, elk and pronghorn antelope. This year the program will not include a bighorn sheep tag drawing. The drawings for deer, elk and antelope are open to any resident or nonresident 12 years of age or older as of July 1, 2014. The cost to enter the drawings is $5.97 per entry, per hunt...

California Drought Greatly Affecting Wildlife May 15, 2014 Guardian Liberty Voice
...  inland California’s already declining population of deer is having a very difficult time with a loss of vegetation and sufficient water supplies. Deer will be forced to migrate to new land in search of adequate food and water ...

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Deer herded back to mountains after running into freeway traffic May 14, 2014 California, The Burbank Leader 
... All lanes on the northbound Golden State (5) Freeway in Burbank were stopped temporarily Wednesday ... “They were just kind of herded back to the mountains ... Nobody was hurt. It’s a miracle almost.” ...

Pumas can't order in, so they eat out May 11, 2014 California, San Francisco Gate
... California's deer population has declined from 2 million in the 1960s to 850,000 in the 1990s and an estimated 445,000 this past winter, according to DFW... The big question is for areas where there are hungry mountain lions, yet there aren't enough deer left to go around: What will the lions eat next? ...

Two deer found dead in Hillsborough, mountain lion suspected May 9, 2014 California, San Mateo Daily Journal
... deer being found partially eaten on Tartan Trail Road in Hillsborough seem to be connected with a mountain lion, according to Hillsborough police. There was one incident on Wednesday and another Friday ...

... Gardeners may disagree, but the deer population in the state has been dropping steadily. In the 1960s, state officials say, there were more than 2 million deer in California. Now, there are only about 500,000. The drought will have an effect on them, too, as water sources become scarce and vegetation dies...

Deer Spotting at Crystal Lake - May 3, 2014



California Wildlife Center Spring Open House April 27 April 24, 2014 California, Topanga Messenger
... Join California Wildlife Center (CWC) on April 27, from noon to 4 p.m., for an afternoon of behind-the-scenes tours ... An infant Mule Deer being bottle fed at the California Wildlife Center in Calabasas... CWC is located at 26026 Piuma Road, Calabasas, CA 91302. For more information: cawildlife.org.

Baby deer rescued near Dominican Hospital April 22, 2014 California, Santa Cruz Sentinel
... a fawn stuck in an area behind the hospital with no mother in sight ... The task of reuniting the fawn falls onto Wildlife Emergency Services, a Moss Landing-based nonprofit that helps with wild animals found in distress ...

... The California Fish and Game Commission (FGC) finalized big-game tag quotas at their April 15 meeting in Ventura. A total of 204,337 deer [FGC has issued about twice as many tags to kill bucks as there are available bucks in the state], 316 elk, 200 pronghorn antelope and 14 bighorn sheep tags were approved for distribution to California’s hunters for the 2014 hunting season... Stuart Itoga, CDFW Big Game Program Coordinator. “We are still dealing with the after-effects of several large wildfires, and the drought conditions are not helping the habitat recover. A prolonged drought could negatively impact big game species populations, but the biggest hurdle for hunters now is gaining access to hunting grounds.” ...

      With cooperation from local landowners, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) recently captured and attached telemetry collars to 10 adult female black-tailed deer before successfully rereleasing them in western Siskiyou County.  The capture began a five-year investigation into factors responsible for declining population trends in the far north state. Beginning next year, CDFW plans to collar and monitor up to 50 adult females annually for this study.  The does were captured April 2 using helicopter net-gunning techniques, then carried to a base camp where biological samples and measurements were taken...

... To address concerns about deer and distracted drivers, the Los Altos Hills City Council is set Thursday to consider spending up to $5,000 on traffic calming measures for Fremont and Robleda roads...

... A good tip on the Californians Turn in Poachers and Polluters (CalTIP) hotline – combined with the well-trained nose of a K-9 wildlife officer – led to the recent conviction of a deer poacher in Susanville.  In June 2013, Warden Nick Buckler received a CalTIP from a concerned citizen regarding dangerous shooting activity southeast of Susanville. Suspecting a possible poaching incident, Warden Buckler searched the area and located a dead doe ... The condition of the carcass suggested the deer was killed by a shotgun blast....

Now that's a deer of a different color April 12, 2014 California, San Francisco Gate
... The Bay Area's one-of-a-kind partially albino black-tailed deer was sighted last week in Marin County for the first time this year...about a 75-pound doe with a tan body and yet a white face and forehead ...

Reduction in the number of deer tags recommended April 9, 2014 California, The Trinity Journal 
... Concerned that Trinity County deer herds appear to have experienced a drastic decline in numbers over the past 20 years, the Trinity County Fish & Game Advisory Commission has recommended to the California Fish & Game Commission a reduction in the number of deer hunt tags available here from two tags per person to one and a reduced season in the state regulations scheduled for update this year...

KL Monteith, VC Bleich, TR Stephenson, BM Pierce… - Wildlife Monographs, 2014
...  We intensively monitored nutritional and life-history characteristics of this population during 1997–2009 as it recovered from a population crash, which occurred during 1985–1991.  Deer in Round Valley migrated to high-elevation summer ranges on both sides of the crest of the Sierra Nevada (Sierra crest), where a rain shadow resulted in a mesic and more forested range on the west side compared with xeric conditions east of the Sierra crest... Our results indicate that management and conservation of large herbivore populations could be improved by integrating indices of nutritional condition into current monitoring and research programs. We offer a method to estimate the proximity of a population to nutritional carrying capacity (NCC) that is based on nutritional status of the population relative to population performance (termed animal-indicated NCC)...

Studies planned to monitor Siskiyou deer herds April 4, 2014 California, Siskiyou Daily 
... Siskiyou County’s deer herds have experienced declining population trends, and two large-scale studies are expected ... helicopter surveys in 2009 covering 308 miles found only 163 deer, with males constituting less than 3 percent of the count... there are also efforts underway at the state level to provide a state-wide deer strategy, but it has been stalled multiple times...

     The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) along with partners have successfully completed the capture of 36 tule elk from the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge in the San Joaquin Valley, relocating them throughout the state.  The collaborative effort included the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation as well as volunteers from federal and state agencies who provided time, expertise and other needed resources to help this capture go smoothly.
     “Seventy years ago, tule elk were on the brink of extinction and down to just a handful of animals,” said Senior Environmental Scientist Joe Hobbs. “Through CDFW’s wildlife management protocols and collaborative efforts with other wildlife organizations, we now have healthy and thriving herds across the state. It’s one the greatest wildlife success stories of our time.”  Tule elk are one of three sub-species of elk and are found only in California...

... a scheduled update on deer herd studies in Siskiyou County. A county task force in 2008 established a deer management plan, and a number of its solutions were dependent upon extensive data collection to better understand what factors have had deleterious effects on deer populations...

... Existing regulations provide for the number of license tags available for the A, B, C, and D Zones. This regulatory proposal changes the number of tags for all existing zones to a series of ranges presented in the table below. These ranges are necessary, as the final number of tags cannot be determined until spring herd data are collected in March/April.... The primary purpose of the proposed regulations is an annual review of tag quotas in existing regulations... 
     ... any person interested may present statements, orally or in writing, relevant to this action at a hearing to be at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 450 E. Harbor Blvd. Ventura Beach, California, on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at 8:00 a.m., or as soon thereafter as 
the matter may be heard. It is requested, but not required, that written comments be submitted on or before April 4, 2014 at the address given below, or by fax at (916) 653-5040, or by e-mail to FGC@fgc.ca.gov. Written comments mailed, faxed or e-mailed to the Commission office, must be received before 5:00 p.m. on April 11, 2014. All comments must be received no later than April 16, 2014 at the hearing in Ventura. If you would like copies of any modifications to this proposal, please include your name and mailing address. ..

Drought affects wildlife on first day of spring March 21, 2014 California, Palo Alto Online
...  they look bare -- even the yearlings. There's not much on their hips," Roessler said. ...she doesn't know what is causing the change in the deer, but speculated it could be the warm temperatures or nutritional deficiencies. Perennial plants deer depend on might not be growing fast enough to produce adequate forage, she said. That could result in fewer births this spring...

DFW work to relocate bighorn sheep, study deer March 21, 2014, California, Sierra Wave
... Mule deer are abundant in the Eastern Sierra, and scientists have long sought an accurate way to estimate their population and general health. This week marked the beginning of a five-year study ...

      The total preliminary reported buck harvest in California for the 2013 season was 14,159, a 13 percent increase from the previous year and the second recent upward trend in a long decline in the buck harvest.  Age distribution was 50.1%  2 Point Bucks, 31.4% 3 Point Bucks, 15.3% 4 Point Bucks, and 3.0% 5 Point or Greater.   The total harvest is not reported.

  

Deer Killings Near Big Rock Worry Neighbors  March 6, 2014 California, The Malibu Times 
... Five reported attacks on deer have occurred in the Big Rock and Carbon Mesa areas of Malibu over the last six weeks ...  it is unclear what type of predator killed the deer ... “Most predators start with internal organs,” ... But not coyotes...  “gnaw on large bones right away,” ...

Deer association puts out a spread – and puts on a show February 18, 2014 California, Colusa County Sun Herald
...  about 400 people on Saturday ... he didn't make it out to California until Saturday. Then, the hunting guide they booked called them to say that the hunting was no good. So much for that...



Lake County Deer Poachers Convicted and Sentenced February 18, 2014 California, CDFW News
... Five poachers were recently convicted and sentenced in Lake County for illegally spotlighting and killing deer, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Lake County District Attorney’s Office announced.  On August 24, 2013, Lake County Wildlife Officers conducted a night patrol targeting those who use bright lights to shine at and then kill deer at night, an illegal activity commonly called spotlighting. Warden-pilots from CDFW’s Air Services assisted by providing overhead surveillance.
Just after midnight, the warden-pilots noticed spotlighting near Lucerne. Using night vision, they observed occupants of a vehicle shoot and kill two animals...

Drought threatens California wildlife February 18, 2014 California, Al Jazeera America
... California's deer population, which numbered over two million in the 1960s, has steeply dropped ... If the state's drought continues, drying streams and ponds could be a cause for more concern, especially as vegetation dwindles...

Contra Costa County gets a big chunk of new parkland February 17, 2014 California, San Francisco Gate 
...  a 362-acre swath of pristine woodlands and ridgetops that's the largest park acquisition in western Contra Costa County in 35 years... Mountain lions, coyote, deer, hawks, a variety of snakes and other creatures roam the property, taking advantage of the open-space corridor that stretches almost seamlessly from Richmond to Castro Valley. ..

SLO County wildlife is weathering the drought February 17, 2014 California, San Luis Obispo Tribune ·
... “I have noticed the local deer populations eating plants like hedges that have never been on their preferred menus,”  ... they are beginning to congregate near lakes and populated areas in search of food and water... 

Drought spells lean times for Santa Cruz County wildlife February 16, 2014 California, San Jose Mercury News
... Animals are drawn to the readily available food and water in the lush environments around our homes ...  an unusual number of complaints lately about skunks, raccoons and deer digging up lawns and landscaping... "People could have a little more compassion and tolerance. This drought is a hardship on everybody, but for these animals, it's their life. Desperation is driving them into our communities more than ever." ...

California's Deer Management Has Resulted in a Highly Skewed Population Demographic That May Be Contributing to the Long Term Decline of the Species
February 14, 2014 
 
Sonke Mastrup, Executive Director 
California Fish & Game Commission 
1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1320 
Sacramento, California 95814 
 
Dear Sonke: 
 
Earlier this week, my quotes in a press account of a webinar in which I participated 
on the illegal wildlife trade gave rise to confusion regarding my attitude towards 
legal hunting in California. I’m writing to set the record straight. 
 
I fully support legal, well-regulated, science-based hunting in California. As you 
know, I’ve been an active hunter and fisherman most of my life and I recognize the 
vital contributions hunters make to wildlife conservation. Further, I believe that 
hunting in California is well managed by our Commission and the Department of 
Fish & Wildlife, using the best available science. I am unaware of any legal, 
managed hunting today in our state that contributes to the decline of our native 
wildlife. Both the Commission and the Department continually strive to improve 
our stewardship of wildlife in California. 
 
Thanks for the opportunity to clarify my position and clear up any 
misunderstandings that may have arisen as a result of my comments during the 
webinar earlier this week. I apologize for the confusion and hope that this letter 
serves to forestall any misinterpretation of my position on hunting. You are 
welcome to circulate this to anyone who may inquire. 
 
Sincerely, 
 Michael Sutton 
President 


...  Commissioner Aaron Newman is accused of using illegal tags in 2009 and 2012 to avoid California limits on abalone and deer harvests.... four felonies ... 

Five men convicted and sentenced for deer poaching case February 9, 2014 California, Lake County News
...  using night vision capabilities, they had seen the occupants shoot two animals, get out of the vehicle and go to the dead animals, then get back into the vehicle and leave the area without retrieving the animals they had killed... two doe deer which had been shot and  left to waste. Hinchcliff said it is illegal to kill does during the deer season, only bucks can be taken ...

California Deer Winter, 2014, The Official Publication of the California Deer Association
... “Where are the deer?”  There were no signs of predators … There has been no development  … The feed was plentiful and in good condition.  The only thing that was lacking was deer sign...

Deer detection system outside Fort Jones being dismantled January 28, 2014 California, Siskiyou Daily News 
... ultimately, the project did not cover a long enough time period, particularly the establishment of a baseline... the system was funded by a $750,000 federal grant in the first phase and $350,000 came from the state of California for the second phase. He said that the price tag was one of the major points of contention for locals ...

Pasadena, Angeles Forest wildlife fawns over Jet Propulsion Laboratory grounds January 26, 2014 California, Pasadena Star-News 
... "We are experimenting with different kinds of landscape like sage and lavender that's not supposed to be tasty to them... "  Wildlife control came to a head in 2005 after the iron fence was installed between the facility and the surrounding Angeles National Forest to keep the deer from eating flowers ... It's been mostly effective .. 

Plumas National Forest - Game refuge burn continuing today January 24, 2014 California, Plumas County Newspapers 
... game refuge prescribed burn on Mt. Hough ... Fire gets rid of the dense, tough older vegetation and causes plants to sprout ... The California Deer Association and Mule Deer Foundation are partners in the project ...

Effect of California Drought on Wildlife January 22, 2014 Record-Bee.com
...  the Mendocino National Forest. The entire forest is bone dry and streams that should be running with water at this time of the year are now dry. The same applies to the foliage. There is very little greenery anywhere in the forest. The result is that deer and other wild animals are going hungry and are migrating down to residential neighborhoods....

Why no deer hunting during rut in California? January 14, 2014 Willows Journal
... According to Game Species Conservation Program Manager Craig Stowers, seasons are set with certain harvest objectives in mind. Later in the season as the animals go into the rut (breeding period) they become more bold in their attempts to find a mate, and are thus easier to hunt. If the season was held during the rut, the hunter harvest success rate would be higher, and fewer hunters would be able to hunt before the harvest objectives were reached....

Deer-crash study has plan for Caltrans January 9, 2013 California, San Francisco Gate
... Caltrans should build deer-proof fences, wildlife tunnels and overpasses accessible to animals along a stretch of I-280 that is notorious for deer crossings that cause collisions of car and beast  ... study author Fraser Shilling ... at the UC Davis Road Ecology Center ... Shilling's study found that some deer do avoid traffic on the freeway...  But other deer have been slower to adapt....

     California’s migratory deer population is suffering from what wildlife experts call “hair loss” syndrome. However, the real problem appears to be from the infestation of non-native lice with symptoms that range from a scruffy looking hair coat to near complete baldness. Researchers are not sure how the lice arrived, but they do suspect it is having serious impacts to the state’s deer population. Wildlife biologists speculate that the deer spend so much time grooming that they become easy targets of prey for coyotes, mountain lions and other carnivores. This impacts the survival rate of fawns, which is less than half of what it should be. 



Search for news and information by keyword above or find links to state news stories organized by topic.  Key Research:  Long term trends in California's Deer Population, Reasons for the Decline

California data: The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) estimated  443,289 deer in 2013, down from about 850,000 million in 1990.  Our population model puts the current population at below 400,000, down from the peak of about 2 million around 1960.. Historic and recent population estimates from CDFW do not track with the declining deer harvest data  See a Long term population deer population estimate for information on reasons for the decline.  Contributing to the population decline is the large number of deer tags issued by the Game Commission.  In 2014, a record drought year,  the Game Commission authorized about twice as many buck tags as there are available bucks in the entire state.  Given the history of a large number of tags issued, hunter success in California is lower than in any other state.  Hunters are advised to hunt around national parks which are outside the control of the Game Commission.  CDFW generates significant revenue from the sale of tags.  
      Evidence suggests that also contributing to the decline has been the long-term policy of the California Fish and Game Commission (CFGC), essentially bucks only hunting, resulting in highly skewed deer population demographics, as might be found in a poorly managed game preserve.  The reported 2013 harvest was 13.8% of the peak harvest reported in 1956.  No other state in recent history has experienced this much of a decline. No other state has followed an essentially bucks only harvest nearly as long as California. The state also takes a high percentage of young bucks, resulting in relatively few mature bucks. The national management trend is to balance herd demographics. Deer managers around the country comment to the press about the dangers of persistent skewed demographics. A 2009 study of deer in Siskiyou county found only 3 percent males.  More information with the long term population estimate.
           The mountain lion population is thought to have peaked in 1996 at about 6,000 and was guessed to be about 4,000 in 2010.  Estimated $400 million related to deer hunting in the state annually, but on a steady decline.

Useful Links:
California Roadkill Observation System Report what you see, the roadkill incidents are saved to a database that is mapped and used at U.C. Davis for Wildlife Research.
Wildlife Observer:  Cam-WON provides a service to operators of wildlife cameras to manage their camera network in a web-based environment enabling sharing of photos and data from their projects.
California Essential Habitat Connectivity, science and collaboration for connected wildlands.
- New Strategic Vision as California Fish and Game becomes California Fish and Wildlife
-  Wildlife Fawn Rescue of Sonoma County Wildcare. An Organization Devoted to Living Well with Wildlife in San Rafael, California 

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You Wouldn't Know How Far The Deer Population in the State of California Has Fallen If You Relied on the Graphic on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Website 
The bottom part of the graph below (dark blue line) was taken from the CDFW website, the brown line is the estimate from our population model that takes alternative assumptions for the reporting rate and the sex of the deer harvest then takes weighted average of the estimate for each year and applies a two year moving average against the harvest data.  This estimate was presented to the Western Section of the Wildlife Society's meeting in 2014.  The CDFW graph significantly distorts the deer population trend.  See more information about the long term deer population trend for California or read the recently published peer-reviewed research paper [PDF] documenting this information.