Fawns are food for predators in 2013 April 14, 2013 California

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Fawns are food for predators in 2013April 14, 2013 California, San Francisco Chronicle, Tom Stienstra
... The birth of fawns peaks in early May, with a bell curve that runs from now to early June.  "Fawns are candy of the outdoors," said Craig Stowers, state deer coordinator for the Department of Fish and Wildlife.  Each mountain lion kills about 50 deer a year, and nobody knows how many lions are out there. The last estimate, 4,000 to 6,000, was put out 30 years ago, and most scientists consider it something of a joke to take it seriously. Even if there were only 10,000 lions, that would be 500,000 deer killed per year... [the deer population is] down from about 2 million in the 1960s ... from predation kills and loss of habitat and migratory routes...


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