As habitat disappears, so does California's deer population April 14, 2012

California Deer Population and Management News Archive

... since 1990, California has lost nearly half its deer population, according to the state Department of Fish and Game... This forest icon is on the wane mainly for one simple reason: habitat loss... Deer require a particular type of forest habitat called "early seral." ... The natural sources of this deer food have been largely eliminated by a century of fire suppression in forests – the same problem that has caused forests to become overstocked with small, young trees that now pose an enormous fire risk. 

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