Mendocino National Forest study considers factors in deer decline January 30. 2012 California

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Mendocino National Forest study considers factors in deer decline January 30. 2012 California, Lake County News
 
... The goal is to determine if the region’s population is truly declining – or just the harvest – and if so, why? The 57 percent decline of harvested bucks has occurred over the last 20 years in prime deer habitat. ... So far, the study can’t determine if mountain lions are impacting the Mendocino-area blacktail population, ... One predator that is “definitely not affecting the deer population,” [Tavis Forrester, a University of California, Davis doctoral candidate] said, is the coyote, which sometimes preys on deer.


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