Oh, deer: Herds shrink as human impact expands October 4, 2007 California

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Oh, deer: Herds shrink as human impact expands October 4, 2007 California, San Francisco Chronicle, Tom Stienstra

   A paper by DFG wildlife biologist Mary Sommer detailed how land-use practices have devastated deer habitat in California over the past 50 years:  1950s, plentiful browse: Deer populations reached a 100-year high in the 1950s and early 1960s.   The Forest Service moved away from clear-cutting to selective cutting, developing tree plantations (where conifers are planted like a crop) and brush-eradication programs. This "decreased the availability of plants that deer require for food and cover," Sommer said... Old-growth and fire suppression: The shift to large-scale protection of old-growth forests and fire suppression results in minimal production of ground-level vegetation ...


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