Wildlife habitat patterns changing November 17, 2012 California

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Wildlife habitat patterns changing November 17, 2012 California, San Francisco Chronicle
.... Best estimates say the number of deer in California has plummeted from 2 million in the 1960s to about 450,000 (of which most are "suburban deer"). Expanded highways and new subdivisions have blocked historic migration routes. Timber companies cut down forests and replanted them with conifers, which deer can't eat, so there's less food. Record-high populations of mountain lions eat a deer or two per week... the big herds were devastated...


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