California deer population declines as habitat disappears April 8, 2012

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California deer population declines as habitat disappearsApril 8, 2012 Sacramento Bee, By Matt Weiser 

... since 1990, California has lost nearly half its deer population, according to the state Department of Fish and Game ... mainly for one simple reason: habitat loss... Between 1990 and 2000, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 75,000 acres per year were converted to low-density housing across California... The natural sources of this deer food have been largely eliminated by a century of fire suppressionin 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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