Mild winter gives deer herds a bounce September 21, 2015 California

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Mild winter gives deer herds a bounce September 21, 2015 California, SFGate, Tom Stienstra
... [In this article the author supports the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's estimate of a population increase during a severe drought in 2015 by writing]:  "The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies also reported a big increase, and estimated roughly 450,000 to 550,000" [Both estimates come from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.  These are not independent estimates as the author suggests.  Here is what the author is reporting about the impact of the drought]: "A mild winter a year ago followed by spring rains helped give deer herds their first population bounce in years..."  [Here is what the author reported about the impact of the drought last year]: "Drought and competition for food, along with a lack of fear of humans, is driving wildlife to strange places to seek something to eat ... " 
     Here is the assessment from theCalifornia Department of Water Resources for 2015:  January was exceptionally dry throughout the state, with the northern two-thirds of the state receiving less than 25 percent of average rainfall. About half of that area recorded less than 5 percent of its normal precipitation.  Despite the December storms, the 8-station northern Sierra precipitation index had fallen to less than 90 percent of its historical average by late January. Precipitation at the five stations in the San Joaquin region was only 46 percent of normal by late January; similarly, the six stations in the Tulare Basin registered precipitation at only 49 percent of normal....


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